Orange Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Orange Frosting on Butternut Squash Cupcakes
Orange Frosting on Butternut Squash Cupcakes. Diana Rattray
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups frosting (8 portions)
Ratings (23)

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. 

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 296
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Sodium 3 mg
Carbohydrates 50 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)