Search thousands of recipes reviewed by home cooks like you.

Williamsburg Butter Frosting

Williamsburg Butter Frosting

  • Prep

    15 m
  • Ready In

    15 m


Creamy butter frosting made with orange liqueur.

Save to Recipe Box

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings

Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 16 servings



Amount per serving ({{servings}} total)

  • Calories:
  • 197 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 35.5g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 41 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. In a large bowl, blend butter with confectioners' sugar. Stir in orange liqueur and orange zest. Beat until light and fluffy. Use to frost cooled cake.
Rate recipe

Your rating






Absolutely perfect and exactly how I remember it from my childhood. I used orange juice instead of liqueur and it turned out just fine. It *will* be lumpy at first - just hang in there! Add the liqueur (or juice) to the butter and sugar and keep beating it; it will smooth out and then you can add the orange zest.




It was really crumbly after adding the GM - not at all spreadable. I had to add approx 4T of milk to get it to spreading consistency. The final product was tasty, but I have other icing recipes I prefer.

Hui Min

Hui Min


I used orange to replace the liqueur. The flavour of the frosting is very good. A few of the reviewers said the frosting was dry. But I have made this frosting many times already, as a filling for the Williamsburg Orange Cake (also from this website) and as a frosting for cupcakes (same cake recipe). As a filling it is great. Used as a frosting for a cake or cupcakes, I find it a bit soft. Perhaps it has to do with my hot and humid tropical climate - I live in Malaysia. But I will continue to use it because it smells and tastes great, and it's refreshingly different from the usual buttercream frosting. I just put the cake with the frosting in the fridge to set overnight before taking it anywhere.

Similar recipes