Amazing Orange Buttercream Frosting with Orange Extract

Amazing Orange Buttercream Frosting With Orange Extract

Buttercream by itself is already creamy and delicious, add some orange to it and you have a whole new sweet treat. Adding orange to frosting can help reduce the sweetness and gives it a nice fruity flavor. This orange buttercream frosting with orange extract will be a hit amongst your family and friends.

Orange buttercream goes great with vanilla, chocolate, carrot and spice cakes. The orange taste is not overly powerful but gives a nice flavor to many desserts. You’ll be surprised how well it also pairs with sugar cookies and brownies.

If you love the dreamy taste of orange creamsicles, you are sure to love this frosting. It is the perfect balance of orange flavor and creamy buttercream. It is a simple recipe to make and does not require any baking experience.

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Orange Buttercream Frosting: What Is Orange Extract

Orange Extract is made from oil from orange rind, alcohol, and water. It has a strong orange taste that gives a powerful flavor, stronger than orange juice. It is commonly used in baked goods and alcoholic drinks.

Orange extract provides a pleasant citrusy flavor. Adding a small amount to a recipe can give it a perfect orange taste. It can be found in grocery stores and online at Amazon. You may also make orange extract at home using vodka and orange zest. Simply zest a whole orange and place it in a jar of vodka and store it in a cool, dark area for at least two weeks.

Orange Buttercream Frosting: What Is Orange Extract

Orange Buttercream Frosting: What Is Orange Zest

Orange zest is tiny pieces of the outer peel that release flavorful oils into dishes, giving a stronger taste than juice. Orange zest is tiny pieces of the outer peel that release flavorful oils into dishes, giving a stronger taste than juice. To grate an orange, it is easiest to use a microplane, grater or a paring knife.

When grating an orange, you want to make sure the pieces are small, as large pieces of zest are harder to chew. Adding too much zest may also lead to a bitter flavor.

Orange Buttercream Frosting: What Is Orange Zest

When getting orange zest, you want to try to get only the orange-colored parts of the peel and as little of the white part as possible. The orange-colored part of the peel is less bitter than the white, so it is more desirable to have.

Though fresh orange zest will have the best taste, you can also buy it. You can find orange zest in the spice aisle at most grocery stores.

You can store freshly grated orange zest in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for up to a month. Grating orange ahead of time is a great way to save time when you have recipes that call for orange zest.

Not only does orange zest go great in buttercream frosting, but it also goes well in mixed drinks, marmalade and inside baked goods. It can also be used as a freshener in garbage cans, an insect repellent, and a fire starter. 

What You Will Need for This Orange Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

To make this orange buttercream frosting recipe with orange extract, you will need:

Equipment

To prepare this frosting you will need a large bowl and an electric mixer. If you are zesting an orange, you will need a microplane, grater or a paring knife.

Step by Step Instructions

Step One: Zest the Orange

Zest your orange and place to the side.

What You Will Need for This Orange Buttercream Frosting

Step Two: Cream Butter

In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth.

Step Three: Beat Confectioners’ Sugar, Orange Zest and Orange Extract

Beat the confectioners’ sugar, orange zest, and orange extract until fully mixed.

Step Three: Beat Confectioners’ Sugar, Orange Zest and Orange Extract

Step Four: Add Orange Juice 

Add enough orange juice to achieve the proper frosting consistency.

Amazing Orange Buttercream Frosting with Orange Extract Step Four: Add Orange Juice 

This buttercream comes out with a lovely light orange shade. You may add orange food coloring for stronger orange color.

Tips and Tricks

If you want this recipe to be as fresh as possible, you can use freshly squeezed orange juice in addition to freshly zested orange peel. The fresh orange flavor will really stand out.

This frosting can be stored at room temperature for up to three days and may be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. It may also be stored in the freezer for up to six months.

If you stored your buttercream in the fridge or freezer, make sure to bring it back to room temperature before decorating, otherwise, it will not have the right consistency. You will also want to re-whip it as it will likely have separated.

Amazing Orange Buttercream Frosting with Orange Extract Tips and Tricks

Make sure to soften your butter before adding it to your frosting. Cold butter will change the consistency of the frosting. With the addition to the orange juice, the cold butter will likely curdle, and the orange juice will not properly mix in.

If the butter is too warm, it will often separate when mixed into the frosting. If your frosting appears to be too runny, you can pop the bowl in the fridge for ten minutes and then re-whip it. To avoid warm butter, soften your butter for half an hour to an hour.

If you are going to have this frosting out in the heat and you are worried about it melting, you can add a tablespoon of meringue powder. The meringue powder helps with the stability, which allows it to hold together better in hot temperatures.

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Amazing Orange Buttercream Frosting with Orange Extract

Buttercream by itself is already creamy and delicious, add some orange to it and you have a whole new sweet treat. Adding orange to frosting can help reduce the sweetness and gives it a nice fruity flavor. This orange buttercream frosting with orange extract will be a hit amongst your family and friends.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amazing Orange Buttercream Frosting with Orange Extract
Servings: 1 cups
Author: cakedecorist.com

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

  • Step One: Zest the Orange
  • Zest your orange and place to the side.
  • Step Two: Cream Butter
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Step Three: Beat Confectioners’ Sugar, Orange Zest and Orange Extract
  • Beat the confectioners’ sugar, orange zest, and orange extract until fully mixed.
  • Step Four: Add Orange Juice
  • Add enough orange juice to achieve the proper frosting consistency

Notes

  • If you want this recipe to be as fresh as possible, you can use freshly squeezed orange juice in addition to freshly zested orange peel. The fresh orange flavor will really stand out.
  • This frosting can be stored at room temperature for up to three days and may be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. It may also be stored in the freezer for up to six months.
  • If you stored your buttercream in the fridge or freezer, make sure to bring it back to room temperature before decorating, otherwise, it will not have the right consistency. You will also want to re-whip it as it will likely have separated.
  • Make sure to soften your butter before adding it to your frosting. Cold butter will change the consistency of the frosting. With addition to the orange juice, the cold butter will likely curdle, and the orange juice will not properly mix in.
  • If the butter is too warm, it will often separate when mixed into the frosting. If your frosting appears to be too runny, you can pop the bowl in the fridge for ten minutes and then re-whip it. To avoid warm butter, soften your butter for half an hour to an hour.
  • If you are going to have this frosting out in the heat and you are worried about it melting, you can add a tablespoon of meringue powder. The meringue powder helps with the stability, which allows it to hold together better in hot temperatures.
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A Creamy Orange Treat

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