I love the idea of a flavored frosting with a nice rich chocolate cupcake. My personal preference, orange or strawberry. I’ve yet to make a strawberry frosting, but it is on my ‘to do’ list.

Mix up a batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes. I always keep it to a dozen instead of two dozen. That’s just too many cupcakes unless you’re having a party.

When the cupcakes are cooling, whip up this delicious double orange frosting.

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Double Orange Frosting

Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 12


  • 3 Tb unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 Cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 - 3 Tb orange juice
  • zest of one orange, optional


  • Beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add in sugar, followed by orange juice and zest. Beat until it forms a nice thick but manageable consistency. For the double in the double orange frosting, using a toothpick add a bit of orange Wilton icing color. Start out with a small amount and mix well, if you want to brighten up the color add some more.  A tiny bit goes a long way.
  • Wilton icing color comes in 1 oz containers at your local craft shop or cake supply store. It is available in a wide range of colors.
  • When your cupcakes are cooled completely and your frosting is your desired color, frost away. I like to use disposable decorating bags and a tip.
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Course: Dessert
Keywords: Frosting