Orangina Cupcakes

Orangina Cupcake

Orangina is definitely one of my favorite sodas. I don’t remember exactly where I was when I first had the sparkling orange (it’s actually yellow) soda, made with real orange juice and pulp, but I do remember that I wanted more. It has a light, fresh flavor and is not too sweet – more like juice than soda, really. I also remember that there was a time when it was very difficult to find it in the States. Fortunately, times have changed and I am now able to easily pick up a bottle when I shop (Trader Joe’s in my area carries it). I am also able to play with it, as I did when I set out to make Orangina Cupcakes, because I can buy an extra bottle to drink while I work.

These cupcakes don’t have the effervescence of real Orangina, but they do have a very similar orange flavor. It’s almost refreshing to eat them, because the flavor is nice and light, and the cake is moist and tender. The recipe is a very simple one, made with butter, sugar, flour, eggs and a little sour cream. Where a regular cupcake recipe might use milk, however, I used Orangina. I also incorporated some into a cream cheese frosting to make sure the flavor carried throughout the entire cupcake. Cream cheese was still the dominant flavor in the frosting, but it added a little something extra.

If you want to boost the orange flavor of these, use a few drops of orange oil or a little orange zest, but not orange extract. Orange extract tastes a little fake to me, while orange oil (and zest, of course), have a more natural flavor that enhances the natural flavors of the Orangina.

 Orangina Cupcakes

Orangina Cupcakes
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream (lowfat is fine)
1/4 tsp orange oil (optional)
3/4 cup Orangina

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 16 muffin cups with muffin papers.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg, followed by sour cream and optional orange oil, if using. Working in two or three additions, slowly alternate additions of the dry ingredients and the Orangina to the butter mixture, ending with an addition of dry ingredients.
Evenly distribute the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 of the way full.
Bake for 17-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. It’s fine to leave a batch on the counter if you can’t fit all the cupcakes in the oven at once.
Allow to cool completely before frosting. Cupcake tops may deflate slightly upon cooling, so don’t worry if it happens.

Makes 16 cupcakes.

Orangina Frosting
4-oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
3 tbsp Orangina
1 1/2-2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 tsp orange oil (optional)

Beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until well-combined. Blend in Orangina, and orange oil, if using. Gradually add in confectioners’ sugar until the mixture reaches a thick easy-to-spread consistency. If you prefer stiffer icing, add a little extra confectioners’ sugar.
Spread on cooled Orangina cupcakes.

32 comments

  1. …I like this recipe. Would any orange soda work or orange juice in place of the Orangina?

    …I’ll have to try this.

    …Thank you!

    …Blessings… :o)

  2. thanks for this recipe, i just love cupcakes, muffins, and all kinds or sweet, i am going to try this right away.
    pity

  3. I use to drink Orangina when I was younger. So refreshing! These cupcakes sound delicious and you can’t go wrong with cream cheese frosting!

  4. Orangina is one of my childhood FAVS. I am going to have to try these for myself.

  5. Oh! I adore Orangina! Thanks so much for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it out

  6. Hi nicloe,

    I realise that you like to bake cupcakes/muffins. Can you do a topic on how to achieve those tall and beautiful mushroom top muffin. I had tried at high temp ( like 200 -210c ) for first 5 to 10mins, then lower to 180c, however I still couldn’t get the big mushroom look like those in the bakery. Can you share your experience. Thanks. Looking forward.

  7. Hi! I love your blog, and I make a lot of recipes from it. Would you mind if I posted some the recipes from here on my blog, as long as I say that they are from here? Thanks – Sophia

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  9. I LOVE orangina! These look delicious.

  10. Hah! I just bought those muffin papers in Philadelphia yesterday. They were too cute. I got pink ones too :)

  11. How perfect for my daughter’s first birthday. Fun, clean, light and retro!

  12. Orangina & Sour Cream!? Match made in heaven….my husband is going to love this

  13. can i get one …it lokks amazing.

  14. These cupcakes sound delicious and you can’t go wrong with cream cheese frosting!

  15. Can you do a topic on how to achieve those tall and beautiful mushroom top muffin.

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  17. Nice cake! I did such some days ago.

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  23. Orangina is definitely one of my favorite sodas – from now own me too :) and I am considering buying Baking Bites Cookbook when my next paycheck arrives :)

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  25. The recipe is a very simple one, made with butter, sugar, flour, eggs and a little sour cream. Where a regular cupcake recipe might use milk, however, I used Orangina. I also incorporated some into a cream cheese frosting to make sure the flavor carried throughout the entire cupcake

  26. Orangina is definitely one of my favorite sodas – from now own me too

  27. just made the Orangina cupcakes and they were a HUGE hit!!! I used a lot of orange zest in the batter as well as in the frosting which added a beautiful orangey goodness. I also topped each cupcake with a quartered slice of orange for some extra juiciness :)
    Thank you so much!!!

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