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Disney Orange Buttermilk Cupcakes

These delicious and adorable cupcakes are easy to make and perfect for any Disney fan!

Disney Orange Buttermilk Cupcakes

Dress up your dessert table with these fun and playful Disney Orange Buttermilk Cupcakes. They are a homemade orange flavored cupcake topped with an orange buttercream frosting, then decorated with a Disney theme. 

Inside of a Disney Orange Buttermilk Cupcake

These Disney cupcakes are great for birthday parties, potluck events, and more. Pair these cupcakes with this copycat POG juice. Or try out the Disney hot chocolate bombs for a delicious treat and drink in one. 

Ingredients Needed 

  • All Purpose Flour – Scoop the flour into the measuring cup and then level it off with the back of a knife. 
  • Baking Powder – This will help give your cupcakes a night fluffy texture. 
  • Salt 
  • Butter – If you use salted butter then omit the salt used in the recipe. If you use unsalted butter than add in the salt. 
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice really adds a vibrant flavor to the cupcakes. 
  • Whole Milk – The whole milk paired with the lemon juice will create a buttermilk for the cupcake batter. 
  • Eggs 
  • Orange Oil – Find this in the baking aisle or order it online. This is going to give your cupcakes that vibrant citrus flavor. 
  • Powdered Sugar – Make sure to sift your powdered sugar, to help give your frosting that ultimate fluffy texture. 
  • Disney Sugar Candies – Decorate your cupcakes as you would like. We used sugar candies. 
  • Red Food Coloring – This is used to give your frosting a red color. This is optional if you don’t want to use food coloring. 

Additional Supplies

How to Make

Step One: Add your dry ingredients into a bowl. Mix well to combine and then set it aside. 

Step Two: Next in a large bowl mix your butter and sugar together. Work in the eggs one at a time. 

Step Three: Next you will add in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk mixture, until all the way combined. 

Step Four: Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners, and then bake as directed. Once done let the cupcakes cool completely. 

Step Five: Next you will work on making the frosting, and color with the food coloring as light or intense in color as you want. 

Step Six: Pipe the frosting, and then use your Disney decorations on the cupcakes. 

Tips and Variations For Cupcakes 

  • You can use a store bought boxed cake mix if you do not want to make your own cupcakes. Buy a white cake mix and add in the orange oil to the batter. 
  • Leave out the orange for a vanilla flavored cupcake. 
  • Feel free to buy or decorate the cupcakes any way you want. I loved the Disney theme but you can change it up anyway you want. 
  • Don’t overbake the cupcakes or it will dry the orange cupcakes quite a bit. 

Storing Leftover Cupcakes

Refrigerate – If you refrigerate the cupcakes, you will find they store longer. The buttercream frosting can break down also if left out at room temperature too long. Store these cupcakes for 4-5 days. 

Freezing – You can also freeze cupcakes that you don’t plan to eat right away. Just store in a freezer friendly container and freeze for 4-5 months. Then thaw in the fridge overnight and enjoy. 

Disney Orange Buttermilk Cupcakes

Disney Orange Buttermilk Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 16 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Dress up your dessert table with these fun and playful Disney Orange Buttermilk Cupcakes. They are a homemade orange flavored cupcake topped with an orange buttercream frosting, then decorated with a Disney theme. 


Cupcake Batter Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tbsp vanilla
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ tsp orange oil

Orange Butter Cream Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp orange oil
  • Disney sugar candies
  • Red food coloring to tint frosting


    1. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
    2. In a separate small bowl, stir together milk and lemon juice. Let sit to create buttermilk.
    3. In a large bowl, mix together sugar and melted butter. Add in eggs one at a time until well blended. Alternate blending in flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter, sugar, and eggs. Mix just until combined.
    4. Scoop cupcake batter into liners ¾ full.
    5. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until toothpick or cake tester comes clean. Cool on wire rack.
    6. To make frosting, sift confectioners sugar then mix with softened butter, milk, and orange oil until smooth and creamy.
    7. Separate out a couple spoonfuls of buttercream into a small ramiken. Add red food coloring until desired shade is reached.
    8. Use a very small round decorating tip for the red buttercream frosting and a large circle tip for the white buttercream.
    9. To frost the cupcakes, start on the outer edge and squeeze the icing onto the cupcake going in a circular motion all the way around to the middle, overlapping each layer slightly.
    10. Pipe tiny dots, circular patterns, and ribbons around the cupcakes. Top with Disney sugar candies. Enjoy!

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