How to Make Orange Blossoms (Mini Cupcakes)

by Alli

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When you think about the ultimate dessert, what’s the first flavor that pops into your mind?  For me, it’s always citrus.  Add a little lemon, lime or orange to my cake and I’m all over it.  Top it off with a citrus glaze and it’s as good as it gets for this girl. If you’re a cupcake lover like me, you’ll love my best cupcake recipes. 

Helpful Hint: Before you make my Orange Blossoms, pop a piece of gum in your mouth.  That way you won’t be tempted to scarf down the tiny little bit of batter that’s leftover OR lick the glaze bowl.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Orange Blossoms

These delicious little cakes are perfect any time of the year and for any occasion – from showers to birthday parties – and everything in between.  

The recipe makes 48 mini cakes, so there’s plenty for you and plenty to share. And it’s probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make because it begins with a cake mix.

Orange Blossoms

To make my Orange Blossoms, add 1 cup milk, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 tsp. orange (or vanilla if you don’t have orange) extract and 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix.  Mix together for two minutes and bake at 350º for 12 minutes.

Orange Blossoms

Orange Juice Glaze For Orange Blossoms

I make the orange juice infused glaze while the Orange Blossoms are baking so I can dip them as soon as they are not too hot to handle.

Orange Blossoms

I could jump mouth first into this glaze (keep chewing that gum)!

Glaze for Orange Blossoms (mini cupcakes)

Dip and cover as much of the mini cupcakes as you can.

Orange Blossoms

Let dry for about an hour and store in airtight containers.  That’s it!

Let Orange Blossoms dry for about an hour.

These little orange blossoms are so good!

Orange Blossoms

Orange Blossoms (mini cupcakes)

Orange Blossoms (mini cupcakes)

Yield: 48 mini cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes


  • 1 Pillsbury Purely Simple White Cake Mix (17 oz.)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup softened butter OR vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract (optional)
  • 3-1/2 oz. package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Glaze:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons water


Preheat oven to 350º.

  1. Spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray.
  2. Combine first six ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat well with an electric mixer for two minutes.
  3. Spoon batter into mini muffin cups, filling each muffin tin halfway.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes. Turn out onto a kitchen towel


  1. Sift the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. Add orange juice concentrate, orange zest, vegetable oil, and water. Mix well with a spoon until smooth.
  2. Dip each cupcake into the glaze, covering as much of the cupcake as possible.
  3. Place on wire racks. Let the glaze set for about an hour.
  4. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Information
Yield 48 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 76Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 17mgSodium 57mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 10gProtein 1g

As soon as the glaze has set, pour a tall glass of milk and enjoy one (or three) of the fruits of your labors. You deserve it.

Mini Cupcakes with Orange Glaze

If you’re looking for a dessert that all your friends and families will love, you’ve got to make my Orange Blossoms. Here are more great recipes:

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Jaime Nicole October 26, 2015 - 7:24 am

These look amazing to me. I love the dipping to cover the entire mini cupcake – and since they are mini that means I can have twice as much, right?

Amanda October 26, 2015 - 8:53 am

These are super cute! And sound so delicious. I love your tip about the gum. haha!

Fi Ní Neachtáin October 26, 2015 - 9:11 am

These are super sweet, I love the name of them too. I love making little treats like this to enjoy with my son, always so lovely with a glass of ice cold milk too 🙂

Alex October 26, 2015 - 9:38 am

I desperately need to follow your gum tip! I always end up eating the batter & then never eat whatever I’m making. These look sooo good!

Jen V. October 26, 2015 - 10:22 am

Those look yummy! I love orange flavored desserts. The glaze looks a lot easier than messing with frosting. I am going to have to make this recipe.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication October 26, 2015 - 10:39 am

I can almost taste these through the screen! They are so perfectly bite-size, too!

Jenn @ EngineerMommy October 26, 2015 - 11:56 am

Orange is one of my fave flavors in baked treats! And I love saving time by using store-bought cake mixes! I’ll be trying this recipe for sure!

lisa October 26, 2015 - 1:10 pm

These look so amazing! I haven’t seen the cake mix in my stores yet, but now I’m gonna look! I like the no artificial ingredients!

Savannah Miller October 26, 2015 - 4:39 pm

This looks so YUMMY! I love that orange glaze you made, I bet this made you cupcakes super sweet!

Allie October 26, 2015 - 6:32 pm

OMG, I want some of these right now! I love Orange Blossom anything! Reminds me of the orange flavored cinnamon rolls!

Jeanine October 26, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Yum, Yum! These would seriously be amazing. Lemon is my all time favorite, and these look so good. I will have to try them!

Amy October 26, 2015 - 10:46 pm

I love that they are bite-size. Those look so delicious, I’ve been telling myself no treats until Mid November… I may just have to break that rule soon for those

Camile October 26, 2015 - 11:42 pm

These sound delicious. I would be scared to have them in my house because I know I won’t stop at one or two!

Zan October 27, 2015 - 2:42 am

Oh, I truly could take a dive into the orange glaze! Looks so good! I like the idea of the gum thing – I should try it with my cake bowl licking kids (or maybe myself). How fun are those mini blossoms – you always have the best ideas!

Franc Ramon October 27, 2015 - 4:20 am

The cupcakes looks so tasty. It does also have a fresh orange flavor into it.

Christie October 27, 2015 - 6:41 am

That orange glaze sounds absolutely amazing right now! What a sweet idea for a treat and festive too!

Stephanie October 27, 2015 - 8:08 am

They sure look like yummy little treats. I like that they’re small and therefore you don’t eat an entire cupcake. Saving calories is always good.

Mary October 27, 2015 - 9:49 am

I so appreciate a simple recipe. Definitely will try this. You always have great ones

Jeanine October 27, 2015 - 11:39 am

Yum! I need to try these asap. While lemon is my all time favorite, I THINK i would enjoy these too! I’ve had these used with lemon, so if they are anything like that – YES PLEASE!

Adriana October 27, 2015 - 1:28 pm

These look sooo good!! I need to try these! I love orange anything so I bet these are so delicious!

Britni October 27, 2015 - 3:02 pm

These look delicious! I love citrus flavored desserts. I can’t wait to give them try.

Kelly @eclecticmommy October 27, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Yum! I love how these turned out, and simply easy to pull together with the Pillsbury mix. #client

Angelic Sinova October 27, 2015 - 7:32 pm

Those Orange Blossom cupcakes look so YUMMY! Pillsbury is definitely my go-to for cupcakes and cakes <3

Emily November 16, 2019 - 9:05 pm

Have you tried making this as a Bundt Cake? Thoughts on how long you would bake it for in a Bundt pan?

Susan Hale March 7, 2020 - 1:46 pm

Can these be frozen and if so for how long? Planning a wedding.

Alli March 7, 2020 - 2:05 pm

I’ve never frozen them but I’m sure they will freeze just fine. Here is a detailed article on freezing cupcakes (with and without frosting). I hope it helps!


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