Orange Apricot Cupcakes

When I was planning my wedding, I went to a bridal convention with a friend. It was there that I tasted the best cake/filling combo I had ever had—orange cake with Grand Marnier and apricot filling. I couldn’t make it happen for my wedding day, but I’ve been making cakes and cupcakes in this delicious combo ever since! It’s especially good with homemade cream cheese frosting and a little sprinkle of orange zest.

 Now, I have made cupcakes from scratch, but for these, I usually just grab a box of yellow or white cake mix and get to work. The light, spongy texture of box-mix cupcakes works really well for filling {and I’ve never had any complaints}! 

Orange Apricot Cupcakes

1 box butter yellow cake mix
½ cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
½ cup fresh orange juice
1 tbsp orange zest plus a little extra for garnishing
1 jar apricot preserves

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
½ stick of butter, brought to room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp whipping cream
4 cups powdered sugar


1. Preheat your oven to 325°. Line two muffin pans with cupcake liners.

2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, water, oil, orange juice and the tbsp orange zest using an electric mixer on medium speed.

3. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners (yields approx. 24) and bake for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before filling and frosting.

4. Fill a decorating bag (fitted with a Wilton #12 decorating tip) with some of the apricot preserves. Insert the decorating tip into the top of each cupcake and fill with the preserves. It might take a couple of tries to get a feel for the right amount. Use a knife to level off any excess filling.

5. For the frosting, blend together the cream cheese and butter using a hand mixer. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Slowly add in the whipping cream until your frosting is at the desired consistency.

6. Frost each cupcake, sprinkling the top with a bit of the extra orange zest for garnish. Enjoy!

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