If you like orange-flavored sweets, then these cupcakes for you! They have a blend of vanilla and orange flavorings and are reminiscent of orange creamsicles, as well as orange soft drinks and orange candy.
When I was young, I loved orange-flavored foods – maybe because I always loved the fruit! These cupcakes have a really delicious orange flavor and do not disappoint.
Many orange foods I make have real orange juice and orange zest in them. These are a little different because they use orange oil which is very concentrated for a strong orange taste. I like to use a food-grade essential oil because the taste is very good and not artificial. However, you can use a pure orange extract in place of it. The substitution is 2 teaspoons of orange extract for 1/2 teaspoon of orange essential oil.
I dressed up these cupcakes with ribbons and sprinkles for a special occasion; however, they look and taste wonderful without any decorations!
These cupcakes are versatile and could be served for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a summer day, or really anytime. The orange color is pretty for fall too. If you put black sprinkles, they would be perfect for Halloween!
However you serve them, I hope you enjoy them!