Summer Citrus Cupcakes…Orange You Glad I Said Citrus!

It’s another blazing day in the San Fernando Valley. Everyday my pal Jimi and I take our walk through the neighborhood together. He’s really a great guy to hang out with. As soon as he see’s me put on the Tom’s shoes he knows we’ll be on our way out the front door. But today the pavement is just too hot and the sun is beating down with unusual intensity. When I take off the Tom’s shoes, Jimi realizes the walk is not going to happen. This was the look on his face, total disappointment. I thought it best for him and me to turn on the air conditioning and break out the cupcake pans.

You can see by the look on Jimi's face he's not very happy about this heatwave

On a day filled with bright sunshine, chocolate didn’t seem appropriate. I was feeling something more fruity and citrus-y was in order. I looked at the bag of oranges that I just brought home from the farmer’s market and thought they would make some awesome cupcakes. These cupcakes, filled with fresh orange zest and orange juice, will absolutely make your mouth pucker!

Orange Cupcakes

From The Silver Palate Cookbook

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs, separated

grated zest of 2 oranges

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup fresh orange juice


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line pan with cupcake papers.

2. Cream the butter, and gradually add the sugar, beating until light in color. Beat in egg yolks one at a time, and the orange zest.

3. Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients alternately with the orange juice to the batter.

4. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the batter.

5. Pour batter into cupcake papers until 2/3 full. Bake for about 18-22 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean.

6. Let cupcakes completely cool before icing.

Let The Sun Shine In!

Orange Buttercream Frosting

From My Recipes

3/4 cup butter, softened

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

1 pound powdered sugar

2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice


1. In bowl of electric mixer using the paddle attachment, beat butter and orange zest at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until well blended.

2. Stir in 2 tablespoons of orange juice, adding more until you achieve the consistency you desire.

15 Comments on “Summer Citrus Cupcakes…Orange You Glad I Said Citrus!”

  1. jackie says:

    Beautiful post! Love the cupcakes and I want to hug your adorable Golden,Jimi looks like such a sweetie =)

  2. 3meals2snacks says:

    It’s really unfortunate that about the time Mama started her tasty blog, I started my new eating regime. (I don’t like the “d” word.) And here is this cupcake posting, with my all time FAVORITE flavor of citrus (lemon, lime, orange ANYTHING). Pure torture. So I did the next best thing…poured a glass of iced tea and sent one of the cupcake pictures to use as a desktop background. I can dream, can’t I? Great work…….thanks.

  3. Tamara says:

    Hi Mama, you not only are a great baker, you are a great story teller…I sure could go for one of the cupcakes right now…they look sooo delicious

  4. Beth says:

    O M G ! I want to lick the screen (and then give Jimi a biscuit) 🙂

  5. Medeja says:

    Both cupcakes and frosting recipes sound very good and tempting. Great pictures of awesome cupcakes.

  6. Berte Bass says:

    Amazing recipe perfect for the hot weather. I agree Jimi looks disappointed. I love your articles. Berte

  7. wanda says:

    Wonderful presentation, Sheryl!

    Jimi is adorable.
    Fat free dog biscuits for a future blog?

  8. Ramona says:

    Gosh… I don’t know what I fell in love with more… you cupcakes or your Golden. I had a Golden just like Jimi….. his name was Samson( I miss him every day). Thanks for sharing both your wonderful recipe and your beautiful dog. It made my heart smile. : )

  9. Ellen says:

    Sheryl, I think it’s time for the “Mama’s Gotta Bake” Cookbook! Each post is so professional, and so entertaining with your picture perfect photography and yummy tried and true recipes.

  10. kiwi says:

    Hi from New Zealand
    I just made these! they were pretty yum and my flatmates enjoyed them too!

  11. Ggerri says:

    Too pretty!

  12. marla santiago says:

    hi first of all you have an amazing site. i hope you still get this since the last posts were from a long time ago 😀 but i just wanted to ask how do you get a good touch of the frosting? 😀 i bake my cupcakes the day before i sell them in school. and i have the habit of making the frosting the morning after baking them 😀 and i really dont want the frosting to melt and ruin the pretty cupcakes i work so hard for. please help 😀

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