Orange Butter Icing

Coconut Orange Cake myfavouritepastime.com_7502This is a very simple butter icing, used to spread on top of the cake. It has less butter than the normal buttercream icing.

Make sure the margarine or unsalted butter being used is softened first. It’s best to use freshly squeezed orange juice. You can also use lime or lemon juice or dissolved instant coffee (1 teaspoon), or honey or maple syrup or melted chocolate. The sky is the limit. Happy Baking!

Coconut Orange Cake myfavouritepastime.com_7470

To prepare the orange butter icing: sift icing (confectioners) sugar into a bowl.

Coconut Orange Cake myfavouritepastime.com_7498Stir in the soft margarine and enough orange  juice to make a spreadable consistency (I added about 1¾ tablespoons orange juice)

Coconut Orange Cake myfavouritepastime.com_7502The butter icing looks like this

Orange Butter Icing

Preparation time: 5 minutes Makes: about 1 cup


  • 1½ cups icing (confectioners) sugar
  • 20g (2 tablespoons) soft margarine
  • 1½-2 tablespoons orange juice


  1. Sift the  icing sugar into a bowl. Stir in butter and enough juice to make a spreadable consistency (I added about 1¾ tablespoons orange juice)
  2. Keep covered with a damp cloth until ready to use
  3. This is a simple butter icing for spreading on top of the cake. 


Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

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