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This buttercream frosting recipe for orange buttercream frosting is sweet and tangy. I love how the little orange bits look in the buttercream frosting swirl. Orange buttercream frosting would be a great way to fancy up a plain vanilla cupcake. I sort of did that on my next cupcake, but with a surprising twist – stay tuned!
Orange buttercream frosting would also be great on mimosa cupcakes or with any clove cupcake.

Orange Buttercream Frosting Recipe

The orange buttercream frosting is a Cupcake Project original recipe.

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Buttercream Frosting Recipe – Orange Frosting


  • 1/2 C 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 3 oz about 1/3 C orange marmalade (try to find one with orange bits in it)
  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 T heavy cream
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t orange extract


  1. Beat butter until creamy.
  2. Beat in marmalade.
  3. Beat in powdered sugar.
  4. Add heavy cream and extracts.
  5. Taste and smile.


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17 comments on “Buttercream Frosting Recipe – Orange Frosting”

  1. vivsays:

    This frosting looks and sounds yummy. Will give it a try.

  2. Lisasays:

    Lovely summer frosting! I can just taste the tangy citrus. And on Clove Cupcakes? That sounds like a wonderfully exotic combination.

  3. oo this looks delicious! I must try this!

  4. Katie Psays:

    My son loves oraange and cupcakes – I will have to make some!!

  5. Anonymoussays:

    i’m baking with my friend right now lol i am looking for a cup cake icing that can be quick – i was hoping to be able to do this but as im only 14 im unable to get the ingrediants in time .. the icing looks extremely yummy however.

  6. Stefsays:

    Anon – Bummer. Maybe you’ll be able to give it a try next time.

  7. Anonymoussays:

    You’ve got to be kidding me…! This frosting is absolutely delicious!!!! I had to come back and give you a standing ovation. Oh my God delicious. It uses almost half of the sugar I normally use for buttercream so I thought is was going to be runny, but it was perfect and stayed in the cake. I also used a mermelade I found in Harris Teeter of Orange-Champagne…. I felt I was in an island eating cake. Awesome girl. Thanks. I can’t wait to try other mermelade flavors. THANK YOU!

  8. Stefsays:

    Viviane – Thanks so much! I’m so glad to hear that you loved it! Orange-champagne marmalade sounds incredible!

  9. I know this is old, but I made this today, with a little extra powdered sugar, and some melted chocolate, for a chocolate orange marmalade frosting :) It was delicious!

  10. julieAsays:

    This frosting is delicious! I doubled the recipe and used it to frost a 2 layer gingerbread cake…will be repeated for our Christmas Eve dinner this year! mmm

  11. Alansays:

    I’ve been looking for a lemon butter cream for about a week now, and did a sample batch using 1/3 cup (plus 2 heaping tablespoons) of lemon curd and subbing out the orange extract for lemon and it was awesome. I can’t wait to try recipe as is. Thanks, Stef!

  12. Anonymoussays:

    looks great!

  13. Fabulous and delicious Buttercream/Orange frosting. Using it tonight on my chocolate cake. Just makes it pop. Thank you!

  14. Dianasays:

    This frosting is just a little bit of Heaven! I used 2% milk instead of cream, because I didn’t have any. Turned our so yummy! It takes like an orange dreamsicle! Thanks for sharing!

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