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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 Cupcakes on a cake stand
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These orange soda cupcakes are perfect for any occasion. The orange flavor and fun color brings a smile to anyone. Make sure you try some of our delicious cupcakes. I know you will find more your family will love.

Another fun cupcake recipe that we make all the time is Confetti Cupcakes.

Why This Recipe Works

We love this recipe because of the simple ingredients. If you are a baker, you probably already have all the supplies on hand. These orange crush cupcakes are always on the menu when we have a BBQ or a family gathering.

Making cupcakes is something my kids and I enjoying doing together. You will love the flavor and how easy they are to make.

Supplies for Orange Cupcake

Ingredients

Orange Soda Cupcakes ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, butter, egg, egg whites, vanilla extract, buttermilk, powdered sugar, orange crush soda, orange food coloring

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Variations Ideas

  • Cake Mix – These cupcakes are delicious made from scratch. But you can also use a vanilla cake mix with a cake orange crush soda for a simple cupcake recipe.
  • Frosting – Feel free to use store bought frosting to top these orange cupcakes.
  • Orange Zest – You can also add in orange zest to add even more orange flavor.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cupcake pan with your favorite paper liners.
Combine dry ingredients

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

Beat together sugar, butter and eggs together in a bowl

Step 3 – Next beat together the butter and sugar with a mixer (stand up or hand held mixer) on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add in an egg and egg whites, one at a time beat after each addition and then add in vanilla to the wet ingredients.

Mix in buttermilk to wet ingredients

Step 4 – Whisk in the buttermilk by hand.

Combining dry and wet ingredients together in a bowl

Step 5 – Slowly mix together the dry ingredient and buttermilk mixture until well blended. Be careful to not over mix these ingredients.

Scoop the cupcake batter in a muffin tin

Step 6 – Fill your cupcake liners ¾ full in the muffin tin.

Baked cupcakes in a muffin tin

Step 7 – Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 minutes-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

  • Step 8 – Remove cupcakes from pan and place each on a wire rack to cool completely. While your cupcakes are cooling, make your creamy orange buttercream frosting.
  • Step 9 – 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.
  • Step 10 – 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.
  • Step 11 – Once the frosting is ready, scoop it into a pastry bag with a large decorating tip.
  • Step 12 – Decorate to suit your taste. I topped mine with these adorable striped straws and everyone loved them.

Recipe Tips

  • Combining Ingredients – Combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer or a stand up mixer.
  • Filling Cupcake Liners – Divide the cupcake batter evenly in the cupcake liners. We try to keep it even so that the cupcakes cook about the same time and they are the same size. Use an ice cream scoop for best results.
  • Frosting Cupcakes – Before frosting the cupcakes make sure to allow them to cool on a cooling rack. This helps easily add the frosting without messing up the tops of the cupcake.
  • Food Coloring – For a more vibrant orange color, we recommend using gel food coloring. Add in as many drops as you prefer to get the perfect color of orange.
Orange Cupcakes on a cake plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Buttermilk instead of milk?

I love using buttermilk in this orange creamsicle cupcake 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.

How to Store Leftover Cupcakes

We recommend storing the cupcakes at room temperature in a cupcake container or any airtight container. These cupcakes stay fresh for about 3-4 days. Storing the cupcakes in the fridge could cause the cupcakes to dry out.

Orange Cupcakes on a cake plate

More Easy Cupcake Recipes to try

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Orange Soda cupcakes

5 from 2 votes
We love these orange soda cupcakes! They are so fun to make and they taste amazing with the orange soda frosting. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 215

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
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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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