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Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

You’ll fall in love with this delicious Orange Cream Cheese Frosting! It’s sweet and busting with orange juice and orange zest that’ll just blow you away!

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Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

This frosting had a rocky start, but the final results were delicious! I was really happy with the Carrot Cake spiked with orange and ginger flavors and I was super ecstatic with my Bunny Macarons (aren’t they cute?)! However, this frosting gave me some issues…

I’m not a huge fan of cream cheese frosting.  I don’t care for the tang. I love yogurt, but just never got my taste buds around cream cheese, or sour cream for that matter. Call me a weirdo, I know I am.

But, I know that you can’t have carrot cake without cream cheese frosting. They kinda go together – they are a package deal. Since I can’t have one without the other, I decided to infuse some orange flavor to the mix.

An image of cream cheese frosting infused with oranges in a blue bowl on a black background.

I loved it!!

Well, I loved the finished product. And it took me a while to get to the finished product. What you aren’t seeing is the soupy, sticky mess that I thought was the finished product. I followed the instructions and I thought that it would firm up, but it didn’t, resulting in an unhappy baker.

I was following a recipe that called for a sheet cake. Just a cake baked in a 9 x 13 dish and then had the frosting added to it. I wonder if the frosting was supposed to be thin and more glaze like for that cake. It surely didn’t work for my cake.

So, I went back to the drawing board and added A LOT more sugar. To tell you the truth, I kinda lost count of how much powdered sugar I added to the mix. I just kept added a quarter cup of powdered sugar until I had a thick, full, fluffy frosting that reminded me of buttercream. Keep adding the powdered sugar until the frosting is no longer sticky and viscous.

You can refrigerate this once it’s made, but leave it out to soften before trying to spread it.

Looking for more easy frosting recipes? How about this Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting, or this Maraschino Cherry Frosting, and finally this Toasted Coconut Vanilla Bean Frosting?

This recipe is part two of a three part series including Easter Bunny Macarons and a Carrot Cake Recipe.

Carrot Cake Recipe with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting and Easter Bunny Macarons. Perfect for your Easter Celebrations.
Yield: 4 cups

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting! So good for so many cakes and cupcakes!!

You’ll fall in love with this delicious Orange Cream Cheese Frosting! It’s sweet and busting with orange juice and orange zest that’ll just blow you away!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 16 oz Cream Cheese
  • 10 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 3 - 4 cups Powdered Sugar


    1. Place the cream cheese, butter, juice, and zest into a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
    2. Mix until smooth and combined.
    3. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until the frosting is thick and fluffy. If the mixture is still sticky, keep adding more sugar until the consistency looks more like buttercream.
    4. Cover with plastic wrap to keep it from crusting over and place it in the fridge until ready to use.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 0gSugar: 66gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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