Orange Julius Cupcakes Recipe

Course Dessert
Author Tammilee Tips


  • Cupcake Ingredients :
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter room temp
  • 2 egg whites room temp
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 C buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • Orange gel food coloring
  • Frosting:
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter room temp
  • 4-5 C powdered sugar
  • 4-5 TBSP of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • Orange gel food coloring


  • Cupcake Directions:
  • -Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • -Set up the cupcake pan with liners.
  • -Using a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • -In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds.
  • -Add sugar and vanilla extract to the butter and beat until combined.
  • -Add egg whites, and then eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • -Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, beating on low speed until everything is mixed together.
  • -Divide the batter into 2 bowls. The first bowl remains white while the batter in the second bowl you will add several drops of orange gel food coloring. Add 1/2 tsp of orange extract. Stir until the orange coloring is well blended throughout the entire bowl of batter.
  • -Place cupcake batter dividers into each of the cupcake liners.
  • -Pour the white/ vanilla batter in on one side with the divider in the middle. Next pour the orange batter into the other side of the cupcake liner. Remove the cupcake divider.
  • -Continue repeating the above step until all of the cupcake tins are filled up to 2/3rds with cake batter.
  • -Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • – Allow cupcakes to cool in the cupcake pan for 10 minutes then remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Frosting Directions:
  • -Cream the butter and powder sugar until it looks light and creamy.
  • -If it doesn’t cream add the heavy whipping cream.
  • -Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by taking a large spoonful and turning the spoon upside down. If the frosting doesn’t fall it is ready. If the frosting does fall off the spoon then….
  • -Add more powder sugar 1/2 C at a time.
  • -Test to make sure that the frosting can make and hold a stiff peak.
  • -When frosting is ready, add the orange extract and several drops of orange gel food coloring.( Color should be a pastel orange color) Stir well to blend both the extract and the food coloring throughout the frosting.
  • -Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large frosting tip and frost your cupcakes.