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Orange Buttercream Frosting

Our Test Kitchen gave simple buttercream frosting a tangy twist by adding a splash of orange juice. It goes wonderfully on orange cupcakes or over white, yellow or chocolate cake.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    1 cup


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice


  • In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, orange zest and vanilla. Add enough orange juice to achieve frosting consistency.
Nutrition Facts
1 tablespoon: 85 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Clara
    Sep 12, 2020

    Delicious! I used this recipe for the buttercream on a vanilla cake I made. It wasn't to sweet, and it was light. I very highly recommend this recipe. Great job!

  • Janet
    Nov 9, 2018

    This was delicious! I used it for the filling between layers of a dark chocolate cake that I iced using Mocha buttercream. Delicious chocolate/orange combination. However for the orange juice in the recipe, I used just the juice of the cuties I zested, and not bottled orange juice that has additional sugar. Try it!

  • Cynthia24
    Nov 9, 2016

    Nice frosting. I used Orange Extract instead of the vanilla. I put it on a Red Velvet Cake (without the red dye, it doesn't add any flavor and who needs the chemical dye) because chocolate cake and orange go together!

  • pattibourey
    Apr 11, 2015

    Great frosting!! I put it on lemon cake, it added a nice citrus flavor!

  • roro123
    Sep 24, 2013

    Great easy to use site. Receipts are yummy

  • mydiamondpk
    Apr 6, 2013

    I tried 3 different orange frosting recipes, Everyone choose this one (freshest taste, most orange flavor)! I did add more orange juice, and it doesn't make enough for 1 cake... be sure to double it :)

  • MissedMe
    Jan 19, 2013

    Delicious! I left out the orange zest and added a teaspoon of orange juice and a full teaspoon of vanilla.

  • phxsbrowns
    Jan 10, 2013

    No comment left

  • lisam5305
    Jan 9, 2013

    I found this frosting to be sickeningly sweet. It was not a good match for the stellar Golden Orange Cupcakes. I doubled the recipe because the Golden Orange Cupcakes recipe yielded 48 mini cupcakes, and I knew I'd need more than 1 cup of frosting. Just way too sweet.

    May 28, 2012

    This was excellent. My 9 year old favored this over chocolate frosting we had made earlier.