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Orange Dream Mini Cupcakes

The bright taste of these cute cupcakes reminds me and my friends of orange-and-vanilla frozen treats. —Jen Shepherd, St. Peters, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Line 48 mini-muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange zest, orange juice and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill prepared cups two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 11-13 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For buttercream, in a large bowl, beat butter and salt until creamy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  • Using a paring knife, cut a 1-in.-wide cone-shaped piece from top of each cupcake; discard removed portion. Fill cavity with marmalade. Pipe or spread buttercream over tops.
Nutrition Facts
1 mini cupcake (calculated without colored sugar): 96 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Laura
    Oct 12, 2020

    Pretty darn good. My frosting did come out a little soft though so I just put it in the fridge and it was perfect.

  • aminneman
    Jan 27, 2017

    Not a review - just a question. Can these be made as regular sized cupcakes rather than mini?

  • MirandaFlamel
    Oct 12, 2015

    This is amazing!!! I left out the marmalade and the icing and turned them into muffins but they are so good! It seems like such a shame to eat them.

  • fnstlug
    May 2, 2015

    Pretty good. I used store bought frosting. I didn't think it was really anything special. I didn't feel like buying a big jar of orange marmalade thought, so I left that out. I'll have to try including that next time though.

  • Nichaphat
    Apr 22, 2014

    The butter cream is too sweet for me but the orange marmalade balanced it out nicely . My husband took them to the office and everyone LOVED them.

  • Butcher2boy
    Mar 15, 2014

    I'm not a big fan of cakes, but when the recipe stated "it reminded me of orange sherbet icecream treats" I had to try it. And yum is all I can say; moist, tasty and it's a keeper.

  • rllewis7
    Jan 30, 2014

    The orange marmalade adds such a bright, refreshing surprise!