If you love Orange Soda, you are going to love this delicious and easy Orange Soda Cupcakes. They combine homemade vanilla cupcakes with Orange Crush soda frosting to make delicious cupcakes that no one can resist!

Orange Soda Cupcakes on a metal wire rack

Easy Orange Cupcakes

I love cupcakes! Please tell me I’m not the only one. I love all types of cupcakes and I really haven’t met a cupcake I didn’t like. These Orange Crush Cupcakes are definitely no exception. The vanilla cupcakes are perfectly fluffy and the frosting has the best orange flavor!

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These cupcakes are great to make anytime of year. Just change the type of cupcake liner you use and they will fit with any party scheme. Whether you are planning a baby shower, a birthday party or just a weekend get-together, these cupcakes will be the highlight of the party.

I make an easy, moist homemade vanilla cupcake for this recipe. I find that making vanilla cupcakes from scratch is easy to do and worth the effort. They taste amazing and it’s much harder then mixing together cake mix, egg and oil!

Ok…Are you ready to make these Orange Soda Cupcakes?

Close up of a Orange Soda cupcake with cupcakes on a platter in the back ground

Supplies for orange cupcake:

Ingredients to make Orange Soda Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Ingredients Needed for the Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Butter, softened
  • Egg
  • Egg Whites
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Buttermilk

Ingredients needed for the Orange Soda Frosting:

Why Buttermilk instead of milk?

I love using buttermilk in this recipe instead of milk or vegetable oil. The buttermilk gives the cupcakes a softer texture and more body. I also love the flavor that it adds to these delicious and easy vanilla cupcakes.

An orange soda cupcake with a bite take out of the middle of it

How to make Orange Soda Cupcakes:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cupcake pan with your favorite paper liners.

2. Then sift together the dry ingredients( flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt) in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. Next beat together the butter and sugar with a mixer (stand up or hand held mixer) on medium speed until pale and fluffy.

4. Add in an egg and egg whites, one at a time beat after each addition and then add in vanilla.

5. Whisk in the buttermilk by hand.

6. Slowly mix together the dry ingredient and buttermilk mixture until well blended. Be careful to not over mix these ingredients.

7. Fill your cupcake liners ¾ full.

Photos showing the process to make these cupcakes.  1st photo shows a mixing bowl with the wet ingredients, the 2nd photo shows the dry ingredients being mixed in.  The 3rd photo shows the batter combined together and the 4th photos is a cupcake tin filled with the batter and is ready to bake

8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 minutes-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

9. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

10. Remove cupcakes from pan and place each on a wire rack to cool completely. While your cupcakes are cooling, make your Orange Crush frosting!

Orange Soda Cupcake with a striped straw sticking out of it

Orange Crush Frosting Directions:

1. Cream all of your ingredients together in a medium size bowl until smooth. Slowly add drops of orange food color and mix between each one until the frosting is the orange color that you prefer.

A mixing bowl of the frosting ingredients well combined with a hand held mixer next to it

2. You want your frosting to be thick enough to stand up. If it isn’t thick enough, add more powdered sugar. If it is too thick, add more soda. Be sure to mix well after each addition.

3. Once the frosting is ready, scoop it into a pastry bag with a large decorating tip.

4. Decorate to suit your taste. I topped mine with these adorable striped straws and everyone loved them!

9 Orange Soda Cupcakes on a wire rack

How to store:

I love these when made fresh but you can also make these ahead of time too. To store, make sure that the cupcakes have cooled completely as if they are still warm, they will release steam in storage which will make the tops of the cupcakes sticky.

Also, store the cupcakes in a an air tight container so that the cupcakes do not dry out. I use a cupcake carrier that fits approximately a dozen cupcakes and allows for plenty of room for the cupcakes to fit and breath.

Plus store the cupcakes at room temperature instead of in the refrigerator. I think that the refrigerator dries out of the cupcakes. If you make the cupcakes ahead of time, I recommend waiting to frosting the cupcakes until you are ready to serve them.

Close up of a Orange Soda Cupcake

Variation Ideas:

I love these cupcakes made with Orange Crush Soda but any flavor of Crush Soda would be delicious in this recipe. Crush Grape Soda, Crush Strawberry Soda or Crush Cherry Soda would make a delicious frosting for this cupcake recipe. It would also be fun to make a variety of them for your next party!

If you can’t find Orange Crush Soda in your area, you can mix in 1 teaspoon of orange extract into the frosting instead to give the icing the rich orange flavor.

An Orange Soda Cupcake with a Bottle of Crush Orange Soda in the back ground

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Orange Soda cupcakes

5 from 1 vote
We love these orange soda cupcakes! They are so fun to make and they taste amazing with the orange soda frosting. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 215
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • Orage Soda Frosting:
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 TBSP Orange Crush soda
  • orange gel food coloring

Instructions

  • Cupcake Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with your favorite paper liners.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Whip the butter and sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy.
  • Add in an egg and egg whites, one at a time. Add in vanilla.
  • Whisk in the buttermilk.
  • Slowly mix together flour and buttermilk mixture until well blended. Do not over mix.
  • Fill your cupcake liners ¾ full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove cupcakes from pan and place each on a wire rack to cool completely. While your cupcakes are cooling, make your frosting.
  • Orange Crush Frosting Directions:
  • Cream all of your ingredients together until smooth.
  • You want your frosting to be thick enough to stand up. If it isn’t thick enough, add more powdered sugar. If it is too thick, add more soda. Be sure to mix well after each addition.
  • Once the frosting is ready, scoop it into a pastry bag with a large decorating tip.
  • Decorate to suit your taste.

Recipe Notes

These cupcakes are a great dessert to make for any special occasion!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 215kcal, Carbohydrates 37g, Protein 1g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 24mg, Sodium 43mg, Potassium 40mg, Sugar 30g, Vitamin A 220IU, Calcium 17mg, Iron 0.4mg

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