Photo: James Baigrie
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
18 Mins
Other Time
5 Mins
Yield
Makes about 20 cupcakes

Add richness and flavor to cake mix cupcakes by stirring ricotta cheese, and onge juice, and orange marmalade into the batter. Top the cupcakes with a buttercream frosting flavored with orange marmalade.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Insert paper liners into 20 muffin cups; set aside.

Step 2

Beat cake mix, 1 cup orange juice, and next 5 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer until combined. Scrape sides of bowl with spatula, and beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until batter is thick and well combined. Spoon about 1/3 cup batter into each liner.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 18 to 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Step 4

Brush tops of warm cupcakes evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons orange juice. Let cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.

Step 5

Spread about 1 heaping tablespoon of Marmalade Buttercream Frosting on each cupcake. Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 3 days, up to a week in refrigerator, or (unfrosted) up to 6 months in freezer.

Step 6

 

Chef's Notes

*We tried several different cake mixes and found we prefer white over yellow.

Ratings & Reviews

patriotshak's Review

Bianca09
March 23, 2009
These cupcakes are light and delicious and are super easy to make. I use part skim ricotta to cut fat/calories and canola oil instead of vegetable oil which is a healthier choice. If you don't feel like making the icing from scratch, buy two containers of store bought butter cream icing and whip in a slash of OJ & Marmalade. I add a little orange and lemon zest to compliment the icing as well. These are a hit!

Elegant

pleasanthills99
February 21, 2016
These were delicious and sophisticated. I used a gluten free cake mix and was worried about the measurements, but it came out great. Was looking for uses for all of the marmalade we have been canning because of a bumper citrus crop. This was much more delightful than toast with marmalade.

KarynP's Review

brenp47
April 26, 2013
I've made these 2x - first time using a orange cake mix -- and the 2nd I tried a lemon cake mix (omitting the marmalade and subbing lemonade for the orange juice--- delish !!!

Bianca09's Review

Claire
November 30, 2011
I love these cupcakes and every time I make them they disappear in a flash. As opposed to other reviewers I don't think there is any 'boxed cake taste'. These cupcakes are light and delicious. I don't like my cupcakes to be overwhelming and huge topped with a big cap of sugary frosting so these are perfect!

pleasanthills99's Review

karen214
August 27, 2011
I have made this cupcake and frosting recipe exactly as is at least 3 times, and everyone, and I do mean everyone, just loved them. They have a wonderful flavor and are very light in texture, which I think can be attributed to both the ricotta cheese and the orange marmalade. If you love the taste of orange, please try making these cupcakes. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.

portland's Review

portland
February 14, 2011
although easy to make and orange flavor true, the texture and taste of these cupcakes is a little too commercial for my taste; all the additives and eggs didn't seem to enhance the typical light texture of a boxed mix and the boxed mix underlying taste.

brenp47's Review

KarynP
February 12, 2011
These cupcakes stayed moist for 5 days. Everyone I shared them with wanted the receipe. Really good orange flavor. I did forgot to add the oil and they still came very good. Just image if I had followed the receipe.

karen214's Review

smmslo
January 25, 2011
These are my very favorite cupcakes! Of course I LOVE orange...I even had someone wish they could have this cake and icing for their wedding cake! :) Don't be turned off by the ricotta in them - the texture and flavor is delicious - the marmalade icing tops them off as something special! I added a drop of almond extract to the frosting - the orange-almond combination is yummy!

smmslo's Review

JudithPiazza
August 03, 2010
These cupcakes were SO GOOD! I think I will only make these for special occassions, but it's appropriate for everyday. I did not alter the recipe at all. It was very easy and everyone loved them...