Disney’s Orange Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Icing

This recipe is from my Epcot Food and Wine Festival cookbook. We sampled these cupcakes this past fall in Epcot and LOVED them. I was thrilled when I saw the recipe in the cookbook. The cream cheese icing is the best part. SOOOO yummy! 
The cupcakes are made from scratch. If you want to cheat and use cake mix, just add some orange zest to the batter. You will need to double the icing recipe; it is only enough for 12 cupcakes. These cupcakes would make a great treat for you Valentine sweetie!

Disney’s Orange Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Icing
12 cupcakes
(Printable Recipe)

    Orange Cupcakes

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup cake flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp fresh orange zest
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Orange Cream Cheese Icing

  • 2 (8oz) blocks cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp fresh orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.

Sift together cocoa powder, cake flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer in another medium bowl until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla and orange zest.

With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture and sour cream, beginning and ending with flour. Spoon batter into prepared pan, filling each cup 2/3 full.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.

Beat together cream cheese and butter until fluffy in a large bowl with an electric mixer.

With mixer on low, add vanilla and orange zest. Slowly add powdered sugar, until icing is smooth and creamy.

Spoon icing into large piping bag fitted with large round tip. Pipe icing onto cooled cupcakes.

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