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orange cupcakes and orange slices

Orange Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

A delicious orange cupcake from scratch topping with a rich and creamy homemade cream cheese frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cupcakes, orange
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 307kcal
Author Amee


For the cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup butter softened (or 1/2 cup canola oil)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure orange extract
  • 2 cups cake flour sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup + 3tbsp orange juice with pulp

For the Frosting

  • 1 8oz package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 sticks (16 tbsp) butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.            
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time until well mixed, then add extracts.
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Add to butter mixture then alternately add milk and orange juice beating well with each addition.
  • Pour into paper-lined muffin tins about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting:
  • Whip cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl on medium speed until smooth.
  • Scrape down the bowl, then slowly add confectioners' sugar, stopping to scrap down the bowl several times.
  • Add orange juice, vanilla, and zest and mix on medium speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy.  
  • Using your favorite decorating tip, pipe the frosting onto cupcakes and enjoy.  Refrigerate frosted cupcakes if not eating right away.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg