Quick & Easy Orange Cupcake Recipe

This has got to be the quickest, easiest cupcake recipe ever! Use a food processor or large blender and you can literally have these cupcakes in the oven in 5 minutes, perfect if you want to play the domestic god/goddess, without the hassle.

I have made these cupcakes for birthdays, baby showers and Easter celebrations (with different cupcake decorations), and they always go down a treat. See below for cupcake decorating ideas. The below recipe will make approximately 12-15 standard size cupcakes, however the recipe doubles/triples quite well.

Quick & Easy Orange Cupcake Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 2 large eggs

Quick & Easy Orange Cupcake Recipe Method

Preheat oven to 180°C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases/liners (you can order some lovely cupcake cases for many different types of occasions from cake decorating suppliers).

Place butter, eggs, sugar, flour, orange juice and zest into a food processor. Process together for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Spoon mixture into cupcake cases/liners, they should be two thirds full. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until golden, rotating the tin once during cooking. When tested with a skewer, the skewer should come out clean.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then remove from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Quick & Easy Orange Icing Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 small orange, zested and juiced

Quick & Easy Orange Icing Recipe Method

Sift the icing sugar into a medium bowl. Add the butter and the orange zest, and ‘smoosh’ the butter and zest into the icing sugar with the back of a spoon (doesn’t need to be perfect). Add the orange juice, a little at a time, stirring well after each addition, until the icing is a spreadable consistency (you may not need all of the orange juice). Spread icing onto cooled cupcakes and allow a few minutes to dry.

Cupcake Decoration Ideas

Easter Cupcakes

Ice the cupcakes as per instructions above and then place a small fluffy chicken (available from most craft suppliers and newsagencies) on top. Alternatively decorate the cupcakes with small pastel coloured chocolate easter eggs.

Baby Shower Cupcakes

Make the icing as per above, leaving out the orange zest. Tint the icing with a few drops of food colouring; baby blue, soft pink, mint green and baby yellow all look lovely. Top each cupcake with a small edible silver ball (called dragees in America and cachous in Australia) and place on an attractive platter.

Wedding Party Cupcakes

Make the icing as per above, leaving out the orange zest. Tint the icing with a few drops of food colouring in the theme colours of the wedding (very pale pink/yellow looks great). Arrange the cupcakes on a two or three tiered cake board (you can hire or purchase these from cake decorating suppliers), then decorate with a few fresh flower buds in between each cupcake and a larger posy in the centre of the top tier.