Orange Crush-Cakes

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Orange Crush Cupcakes
If you recall, yesterday I took out many sticks of butter. I had intended on baking something entirely different (but still seriously delicious). But first, I had to make a quick run to Kroger. I was completely out of vanilla. It happens often around here. I buy flour at Costco in the 25lb bag, Sugar in 10lbs, and the bulk powdered sugar and brown sugar as well. I don’t like to run out. But, I digress.

So, I stopped in to Kroger to pick up butter. Then I remembered I needed bananas. Oh wait, I think I am out of Diet Coke, I better get some of that too. While in the pop aisle, I noticed Orange Crush. Oh yum. That’s when it hit me. My cousin Emily had made lemon cupcakes just the day before, what about orange? Orange Crush brings me back to summer days, splashing in the sprinkler, riding my bike barefoot, playing tag…

So, as I set out through Kroger to make sure I had all the necessary ingredients, I spotted these cute little peeps. Oh my, how I love peeps. No, scratch that. How I love STALE peeps! I proceeded to buy ten boxes. Michael always says to me, just because they are 10 for $10, doesn’t mean you HAVE to buy ten boxes.

But, yes, I did. Because I have a plan for those peeps…next week. Needless to say, I forgot to buy my Diet Coke and I spent $106 on what was supposed to be vanilla. Oops.

Enjoy the cupcakes. They really have a great texture, almost more like a muffin. Feel free to skip the frosting (although I would never do that), and eat these for breakfast (I would eat it for breakfast with the frosting). Yum.

Orange Crush-Cakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


for the cupcake:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 oranges, zested
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk

for the frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup Orange Crush soda
  • ½ tsp Orange flavored extract


  1. To make cupcakes, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and zest of 2 oranges. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Add in milk.
  2. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full (I use paper cup liners). Bake for about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile to make frosting, beat butter until fluffy. Add in powdered sugar, orange Crush and orange extract. Beat for about 4-5 minutes. Frost cupcakes when cooled. Enjoy!

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20 comments on “Orange Crush-Cakes”

  1. These look incredible. I can’t wait to make them this weekend. I love orange crush!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this on Made it on Monday!

    I am not a huge Orange soda drinker…however these I am sure I could “swallow”.

  3. These look fantastic! We love Orange Crush! These would be a hit in my house!!!

  4. I have very similar memories about Orange Crush and the summertime! And these cupcakes are gorgeous – love the orange peep addition! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Cares

  5. What a great cupcake for Easter. It looks so wonderful. Love orange flavored things.

  6. Your Orange Crush Cakes look delicious. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  7. Wow! MY Hubby would live these! I’ll have to try them sometime.

    Thanks for linking up with So Sweet Sundays!

  8. Well, I am following WAY too many blogs, but after discovering both of your recipes on Little Rays of Sunshine tonight, and enjoying your commentary, I’m now a follower. Can’t wait to try these Orange Crush-Cakes!!

  9. Sue

    I love Orange Crush! Your cupcakes look/sound great!

  10. My boys love Orange Crush I will have to make this for a party for them! Thanks so much!

    I’m your newest follower 🙂

  11. I think these are adorable!! I love orange crush!! Thanks for linking them up to 2 Maids a Baking!! Thanks for posting our button too!!

  12. I saw these linked up at Tasty Tuesday and had to check them out. Your blog is super cute! And you have so many tasty recipes! I am your newest follower 🙂

    Check out my blog and follow back if you like!

  13. These look delicious! I am a fan of stale peeps myself, they just taste so much better.

  14. Wow! Those look delish!! Thanks so much for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

  15. So true, cucpcakes frosting or no frosting can be eaten anytime! I love your peeps they finish off you cupcakes delightfully! yvette@twistedvines

  16. What a neat way to use the soda. Your cupcakes look fab! Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  17. Great recipe! thanks! I love the look of the cupcakes in the glass too!!

  18. Congrats you were in the top 6 on A Themed Baker’s Sunday! Come back for the next theme which is Cookies!!!
    P.S. Please remember to leave a link to my linky party! thanks!

  19. Hi! This looks like a fantastic recipe…can’t wait to give it a try. I shared your recipe on my Must Try Tuesday blog post.

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe!


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