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Orange Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

A light and fluffy orange cupcake paired with a smooth vanilla buttercream.
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time18 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake mix, fresh orange, gelatin
Yield: 34 cupcakes
Calories: 143kcal



  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • zest from one fresh orange
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, (or regular milk)
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 oz. box orange gelatin
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp. orange extract


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. milk, or heavy cream
  • pinch of salt



  • Preheat oven to 350° and place 34 cupcake liners in muffin pans.
  • In large bowl, mix eggs, oil, zest and milk. Add cake mix and gelatin.
  • Add orange juice and extract. Scrape sides and beat just until thoroughly mixed, do not overmix.
  • Divide evenly into liners. Bake approx. 18 minutes or until cupcake springs back when your finger touches it.
  • Cool 5 minutes in muffin pans, then remove to wire rack. Allow to cool to room temperature before frosting.


  • Using a mixer, beat butter and shortening until light and fluffy.
  • Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Scrape sides. Add pinch of salt.
  • Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
  • Spread or pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Enjoy!


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg