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Orange Buttercream

Orange Buttercream

Orange Buttercream

This tasty orange buttercream is considered an American buttercream and is delicious on vanilla, chocolate, carrot, or spiced cakes and cupcakes.

Servings8 Servings
Preparation Time10 Minutes
Cook Time0 Minutes
Buttercream, Frosting, Icing, How to Make Buttercream, Orange ButtercreamAmerican


  • 1/2 cup/4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • Optional: orange food coloring



Gather the ingredients.


In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, combine the butter, 3 cups of confectioners' sugar, and vanilla and orange extracts until well blended.


Add the orange zest and 3 tablespoons of fresh orange juice. Beat until smooth and creamy.


Add more confectioners' sugar or orange juice, as needed, for spreading or piping consistency. Beat in a few drops of orange food coloring, if desired.


Use to frost a cake or cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers, covered, for up to one month.

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