Orange Icing

    15 min

    This is a wonderful icing that is golden in colour and packed full of citrussy goodness. Spread over the tops of cupcakes, cakes or cookies.

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    Makes: 1 icing enough to fill and cover a 2 layer 23cm cake

    • 75g butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 475g icing sugar
    • 1 tablespoon orange juice
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

    Prep:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Cream together butter, orange zest, lemon zest and salt. Add egg yolk and mix well. Add icing sugar, alternately with orange juice and lemon juice, beating well after each addition. Makes enough icing to cover tops and sides of two 23cm layers.

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    I made this as directed, egg yolk and all, and it is just a beautiful frosting! I, of course, had to adjust the measurements of the juices a bit to get the frosting to the perfect consistency (no recipe for frosting can be precise, so should not be criticized if more or less powdered sugar or liquid needs to be added). This is a light, fluffy, citrus frosting that was the perfect choice to frost Rainbow Citrus Cake, also from this site.  -  29 Jun 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was easy and tasty. As I do with all frosting recipes, I doubled it. I omitted the egg yolk and added in addition to the juice some orange flavored liquor. This has a nice subtle flavor. I will definately make this again.  -  05 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Awesome!!! Since I was not making this for my family, I did not use the egg yolk. I am not sure of the purpose of the yolk - I have never made a frosting that called for one. I also only used 3 cups of sugar and with the lack of the the moisture from the yolk, I ended up adding in more lemon and orange juice. It was perfect for piping on my mini cupcakes.  -  04 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)