A light and fluffy frosting with orange zest and orange extract to give it a punch of great orange flavor. Perfect for any celebration, this Orange Buttercream Frosting adds a little something special to your cakes or cupcakes. For a lot of flavor, add a swirl of this frosting to dark chocolate cupcakes. Chocolate and Orange were made to go together and would fit in perfectly on your Halloween Party Table. Scroll down for helpful tips on how to make your frosting ahead of time, a fluffy frosting and a white frosting.
HOW TO STORE FROSTING
TIPS FOR A LIGHT AND FLUFFY FROSTING
- Good ingredients “real” butter not margarine
- Room temperature ingredients
- Be patient…you’ll need to whip the frosting at least 3 to 5 minutes (sometimes I do this step twice). This will allow air to incorporate into the butter and create the lightness you want.
- That’s it! It’s really not as hard as you might think.
HOW TO MAKE A WHITE FROSTING FROM YELLOW BUTTER
- Even though this information doesn’t apply to this frosting recipe. I thought I would add it anyway because it’s still helpful for other frostings. These techniques will not lead to an ultra white frosting but there will be no yellow. There is not food dye added and real butter is used.
- Use cheap butter. The expensive butters have a deeper yellow color then the cheaper butters.
- Whip it….whip it good! Whip your buttercream 3 to 5 minutes. This not only allows air to enter your buttercream but also whitens the butter.
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
- zest from one medium orange
- 1 (2 pound bag) powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- orange gel food coloring
In a large mixing bowl; beat the butter and orange zest until smooth (about 3 minutes). Gradually add the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) to the butter mixture. Add the milk, orange extract and fool coloring. Slowly incorporate, once mixed together turn the mixer on medium high and continue to mix for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. (NOTE: Make sure to stop the mixer ever so often to scrape down the sides.) This will incorpaorate air into the frosting and produce a light and fluffy melt in your mouth texture.