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How To Make Orange Frosting

How To Make Orange Frosting

Orange cream cheese frosting is delicious on top of cupcakes, carrot cake, or any other cake! In this step by step guide, Donna Egan from the Buttercup Cake Shop shows you how to make a delicious creamy orange frosting.


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  • 1 3/4 kg icing sugar
  • 400 g cream cheese
  • 500 g butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp orange essence
  • 1 orange

Step 1: Mix the Butter and Cream Cheese

Whisk the butter and cream cheese together in an electric mixer, starting on a lower speed. Scrape down the sides periodically to make sure you mix all the ingredients together.

Step 2: Add the Icing Sugar

When the butter and cheese mixture is light and fluffy, add the icing sugar and whisk again, starting at a low speed. Once all the ingredients have combined, mix it on the highest setting to make it light and fluffy.

Step 3: Add the Orange

Add the orange essence and the zest of 1 orange and mix again.

Step 4: Top Tip

This recipe makes a lot of icing, so if you just have one cake or a few cupcakes to cover, you can reduce the quantities proportionately.