Orange Cupcake Recipe

Orange Petite Cakes

Orange-flavored mini cakes frosted with orange frosting. Pipe frosting and garnish with orange slices for a real crowd pleaser.

30 min. prep time
24 cakes
353 Ratings



1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons buttermilk*


2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 teaspoon vanilla


Candied orange fruit slices, cut into wedges, if desired


Heat oven to 325°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 mini (1 1/4-inch) muffin pan cups. Set aside.

Combine sugar and 1/4 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add orange juice concentrate, egg, orange zest and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; beat at low speed until well mixed. Add buttermilk; continue beating until smooth.

Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin pan cups. Bake 14-16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Place all frosting ingredients except whipping cream in bowl. Beat at medium speed, adding enough whipping cream for desired spreading consistency.

Pipe or frost cupcakes; garnish with orange slices, if desired.

*Substitute 1/8 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 2 tablespoons; let stand 5 minutes.

Recipe Tip

To make ahead, bake cupcakes as directed; cool completely. Place unfrosted cupcakes in resealable plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to 2 months. Let stand at room temperature until thawed. Prepare frosting as directed. Frost cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (1 petite cake)

Calories: 120

Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 75mg

Carbohydrates: 18g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #15105©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Third time I've made these now, and I always look forward to sharing and eating them. They take longer to make than the one hour listed, with all of the zesting and mixing and portioning out and frosting and everything, but they're worth it.
We loved these! Really delicious and will definitely make them again!

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