Sunshine Cupcakes with Navel Orange Marmalade Buttercream Frosting

Chef Lily is sunshine. Her light blond hair is only the outside representation of her sunny disposition. Lily wakes up every morning at around 5:45 am with an indescribable joy to be alive. (The other members of her household are not as excited that she’s awake so early.) Her happy smile lights up the room and it’s hard to resist. After that intro, who else could make sunshine cupcakes except Chef Lily.

Sunshine Cupcakes with Pomelo Marmalade Buttercream Frosting

Gather It


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup pineapple, chopped


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup Seville Orange Marmalade
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Make It


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners (makes 24 regular size cupcakes)
  • Cream butter and sugar in a mixer until smooth
  • Add eggs, vanilla extract and almond extract until combine
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Add half of flour mixture to butter mixture and gently stir
  • Add milk and stir
  • Add remaining flour mixture and stir
  • Add lemon zest, coconut, macadamia nuts and pineapple until combined
  • Use spoon or scoop to divide cupcake batter evenly into 24 cupcake paper liners
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minute until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool completely before frosting (you may choose to eat a piping hot cupcake right out of the oven just to make sure they’re ok)


  • Cream butter and powdered sugar together until smooth
  • Add Seville Orange Marmalade, milk and vanilla extract until combined
  • Frost cupcakes
  • Lick some of the remaining frosting from the bowl

Gobble It

  • After frosting the 21 or so cupcakes that are remaining after you “tested” more than one, enjoy with a big glass of milk on a warm sunny day and smile