Orange Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Orange Frosting on Butternut Squash Cupcakes
Orange Frosting on Butternut Squash Cupcakes. Diana Rattray
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups frosting (8 portions)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
296 Calories
12g Fat
50g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 1/2 cups frosting (8 portions)
Amount per serving
Calories 296
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 6mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This tasty orange frosting is delicious on vanilla or chocolate cupcakes or spread it on spiced cupcake or cake. Use it to frost a carrot cake or pumpkin cake.​ The frosting is pictured on my butternut squash cupcakes.

This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of frosting, enough for a 2-layer cake or about 24 cupcakes. 


  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (finely grated)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons orange juice (fresh)
  • Optional: orange food coloring

Steps to Make It

  1. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, combine the butter, 3 cups of confectioners' sugar, and vanilla and orange extracts until blended.

  2. Add the orange zest and 3 tablespoons of fresh orange juice. Beat until smooth and creamy.

  3. Add more confectioners' sugar or orange juice, as needed for spreading or piping consistency.

  4. Beat in a few drops of orange food coloring, if desired.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of frosting, enough for at least 24 cupcakes and a two layer cake.

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