Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Karen Tack
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
25 Mins
12 cupcakes

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper or foil liners.

Step 2

Make cupcakes: In a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter, sugar and orange zest until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Scrape down sides of bowl. Beat in half of flour mixture, until just combined. Beat in buttermilk and orange juice, then beat in remaining flour mixture until just combined (do not overmix).

Step 3

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan to rack to cool completely.

Step 4

Make frosting: Beat butter, vanilla and milk together with an electric mixer until well combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and beat on medium speed until combined. Raise speed to high and beat until fluffy and easy to spread, about 5 minutes. Frost cupcakes and serve.

Ratings & Reviews

Great cake- not a good cupcake

February 09, 2016
Not a good cupcake because the tops are flat and the cake is too light and fluffy to hold up BUT its an excellent cake. Perfect crumb, tender and just the right amount of orange flavor. I did add 1 tsp of orange liqueur. Just make it in 9 by 9 pan which worked out really well.


August 29, 2015
Seeing the lack of reviews for this recipe, I decided to halve it first. Then I regretted it. These are so so good!! Moist & fluffy, just as I like my cupcakes to be. The orange zest adds a beautiful citrus flavor. The only addition I made was to add a teeny bit of vanilla essence. Gonna make these again & again!!

sublimelmf's Review

September 05, 2011
These are spectacular! I thought 3 T of orange zest would be too strong, but it was perfect! I'd like to try it with cream cheese frosting next :)