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Orange Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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. YIELD:16 servings


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


  • 1. In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, orange peel and vanilla. Add enough orange juice to achieve frosting consistency. Yield: 1 cup.

Nutritional 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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Cynthia24 User ID: 6749633 256592
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3847259 224655
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

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

roro123 User ID: 7418958 162289
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"Great easy to use site. Receipts are yummy"

mydiamondpk User ID: 7215851 167843
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6875034 116840
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

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

lisam5305 User ID: 6993949 94609
Reviewed 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."

MMDAWN User ID: 6416153 147402
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

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

terilynn4 User ID: 6509180 208499
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Delicious! Frosted Cranberry-orange muffins and sold for $1 each for a fundraiser. Sold out in 1 hour!"

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