These Orange Spice Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting are the sweetest way to celebrate the arrival of of the holiday season. The fresh citrus flavor of orange combined with warm spices including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves make these the most decadent cupcakes you’ll ever taste. They are the perfect sweet treat in fall and winter. Honestly though, Orange Spice Cupcakes are so good you’ll want to make them all year round.
Find the full recipe including ingredient list and instructions at the end of the post.
Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice
There are a few (not so secret) ingredients in this Orange Spice Cupcake recipe that make them extra special. First, I only use dark brown sugar in the cupcakes. If light brown sugar is all you have on hand, that’s okay, go ahead and use it. However, dark brown sugar adds an incredible depth of flavor and richness to these cupcakes that is totally worth it if you have it in your pantry.
Next, while creating this recipe I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect combination and amounts of warm spices to enhance these cupcakes. I think I nailed it and hopefully you like them too. Here is the all-star spice lineup:
Finally, the cake flour and sour cream in this recipe are ideal for making incredibly light, cakey, and fluffy cupcakes. And, who doesn’t want that?!
Now that you know the (not so secret) ingredients that make this cupcake recipe extra special, let’s start baking!
How to Make Orange Spice Cupcakes
Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a medium bowl. Set them aside.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the softened butter and brown sugar together until creamy- about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, store-bought or homemade vanilla extract, and orange extract until they are light and fluffy. Then beat in the sour cream and orange zest on medium-high speed until they are well combined.
On low speed, beat in half of the dry mixture and then add in the milk. Add in the other half of the dry ingredients and beater them until they are all combined. Do not over-mix the batter.
Pour or spoon the batter into the cupcake liners – fill them only 2/3 full to avoid spilling over the sides. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
The Icing on The (Cup)Cake
This homemade Orange Cream Cheese Frosting is the pièce de résistance to these Orange Spice Cupcakes. In a large bowl, beat the room temperature butter until creamy. Add in the cream cheese until it’s well combined and smooth. Beat in the vanilla and orange extracts, salt, and about a teaspoon of orange zest. Slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar a cup at a time until the frosting is smooth. Spread the frosting on each cupcake using a knife or pipe it on with a pastry bag and frosting tip.
No Cake Flour? No Problem.
To get the most perfect version of these Orange Spice Cupcakes, I highly recommend using cake flour over all-purpose flour. If you don’t have any cake flour in the pantry, here is a DIY version:
- All-purpose flour
Measure out 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Remove 2 tablespoons. Then, mix in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. This equals 1 cup of cake flour.
I hope you love these Orange Spice Cupcakes as much as we do here on the farm. If you try the recipe, I’d love to know what you think. Please leave me a comment below.
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