Orange Crush Cupcakes

The Orange Crush, in cocktail form  (not to be confused with the cloyingly sweet soda variety), is synonymous with our beaches here on the Eastern Shore. A few simple ingredients are shaken up to create one of the freshest and fruitiest drinks you’ll find.  They’ve long been one of my favorites in the summertime. So, I got to thinking – why not in cupcake form?

I used my favorite vanilla cake recipe as my base – with a fruity twist from fresh orange juice and zest. And I gave the buttercream frosting a nice boozy kick with a splash of Triple Sec and vodka, as well as some orange zest for a little brightness. The flecks of orange were pretty in the frosting as well.

You guys, they TOTALLY tasted like the cocktail. But cake. I took one over to one of my early morning beach walks for breakfast, and I couldn’t resist a little photo sesh…Cake By The Ocean

Cake by the ocean, baby! If there ever was a cake deemed worthy of being consumed by the ocean – it’s most certainly these. Make them soon to welcome the warm weather! No regrets.


  1. Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:51 PM | Permalink

    These cupcakes are gorgeous! I love the choice of orange muffin papers to match the theme. Well done!

  2. Posted April 28, 2016 at 12:04 PM | Permalink

    They’re so pretty! Really adorable! And they seem to taste heavenly! They must sugary, fresh, perfumed, perfect for the summer! And this is definitely a great choice to eat by the ocean!

  3. Posted July 7, 2016 at 7:18 AM | Permalink

    These cupcakes looks heavenly! My kids will love these cuties.

  4. Christine
    Posted September 11, 2016 at 2:10 AM | Permalink

    Im sorry but what is triple sec?
    Can i omit the vodka? Or any substitution? Thanks

    • Posted September 14, 2016 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

      Triple Sec is orange liqueour. You could omit the vodka, maybe a little extra orange juice instead.

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