Blood Orange Buttercream Cupcakes

Disney World has the best treats on the planet. That is not a statement of opinion but a definitive fact. From the Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream bars to the sugary pecans to the giant rice krispie treats, there is no lack of fantastic treats to be had. One of my personal favorites is the citrus swirl. You can grab one at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland, located near the Tiki Room (a totally underestimated attraction!). You will be a changed person.

Blood Orange Buttercream Cupcakes
Recipe type: dessert, cupcake
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Serves: 8

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • for buttercream:
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 2-4 Tbsp heavy cream

  1. For Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Line a muffin tin with paper liners. In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. With the mixer on low, alternately add flour and milk, beginning and ending with flour.
  3. Evenly fill the muffin tin with cupcake batter about ⅔ of the way full.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
  5. For Icing: Beat butter with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add in two cups of powdered sugar and mix well to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl well.
  6. Add in blood orange juice. Add in remaining powdered sugar, beat well. Add in cream or milk a tablespoon at a time until icing reaches your desired consistency.
  7. Transfer icing to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Starting at the outside rim of the cupcake, pipe a circle around the cupcake, filling in the middle as you go around. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. Top with blood orange zest for garnish.

Orange and vanilla is such a classic combination. I think that is why I love the citrus swirl so much. And since a Disney vacation isn’t in my immediate future, I go for the next best thing. I combined moist, fluffy vanilla cupcakes with blood orange-spiked buttercream for an intensely orange/vanilla combination. Next best thing to a citrus swirl!

2 thoughts on “Blood Orange Buttercream Cupcakes

  1. This frosting is beautiful! Before seeing the recipe, I thought for sure that there would be food coloring in there since it’s so vibrant. Gorgeous!

  2. Blood orange buttercream – I got to try that! Just pinned your cupcakes to my pinterest board. :)

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