Orange Dream Mini Cupcakes Recipe
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Orange Dream Mini Cupcakes Recipe

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The bright taste of these cute cupcakes reminds me and my friends of orange-and-vanilla frozen treats. —Jen Shepherd, St. Peters, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade

Nutritional Facts

1 mini cupcake (calculated without colored sugar): 96 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line 48 mini-muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange peel, orange juice and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Fill prepared cups two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 11-13 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For buttercream, in a large bowl, beat butter and salt until creamy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Using a paring knife, cut a 1-in.-wide cone-shaped piece from top of each cupcake; discard removed portion. Fill cavity with marmalade. Pipe or spread buttercream over tops. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Orange Dream Mini Cupcakes in Taste of Home February/March 2014

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aminneman User ID: 7213952 260391
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2017

"Not a review - just a question. Can these be made as regular sized cupcakes rather than mini?"

MirandaFlamel User ID: 8563920 234833
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"This is amazing!!! I left out the marmalade and the icing and turned them into muffins but they are so good! It seems like such a shame to eat them."

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 225757
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Pretty good. I used store bought frosting. I didn't think it was really anything special. I didn't feel like buying a big jar of orange marmalade thought, so I left that out. I'll have to try including that next time though."

Nichaphat User ID: 7588309 124455
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014 Edited Apr. 28, 2014

"The butter cream is too sweet for me but the orange marmalade balanced it out nicely . My husband took them to the office and everyone LOVED them."

Butcher2boy User ID: 6390217 139939
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"I'm not a big fan of cakes, but when the recipe stated "it reminded me of orange sherbet icecream treats" I had to try it. And yum is all I can say; moist, tasty and it's a keeper."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 127825
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"The orange marmalade adds such a bright, refreshing surprise!"

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