Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

I can’t get enough of these orange creamsicle cupcakes. I don’t know why I am surprised, but they really do taste just like a creamsicle. They are light and moist with that perfect orange cream flavor that makes you think of Summer. The cupcakes themselves are lightly orange flavored, and the icing is an orange flavored cream cheese icing. The combination is just perfect together.

I made these cupcakes for Mike’s birthday last week. He loves to take treats in to his coworkers, so I knew I had to come up with something exciting for his birthday. I ran across these on Pinterest and it was perfect timing. Mike loves anything orange flavored – even better if it’s orange cream. In college,┬áhe used to mix orange soda and vanilla ice cream in the cafeteria to make his own creamsicle floats, so I knew these would be a big hit. And they were! I hope you get to try them before Summer is over – you will love them! :)

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

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Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cake:
1 package white cake mix
1 (4 serving size) package cheesecake instant pudding mix
1 (3 oz.) package orange flavored Jello
1 1/4 cups orange juice
4 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
orange food coloring

Directions:

For the cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until well mixed. Pour batter into liners, filling each 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, orange extract and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth and creamy. Add the cream in small increments, until the frosting in the consistency you want. To get swirled frosting, tint half of the frosting orange in a separate bowl. With your pipig bag tiled on its side, fill one side of the bag with the orange frosting, then tilt the bag the other way and fill the other side with the white frosting. It doesn't have to be perfect - it should still swirl once you start piping.

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28 Responses to “Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 6, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    These look fabulous! Love the flavour combo!

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    Betsy @JavaCupcake — August 6, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I just want to jump through my screen and eat one!!! <3

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 6, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    adding pudding mix to cake mix truly makes a stand out cupcake/cake! Creamsicles are a classic summertime treat in my house… I get an assorted box of creamsicle popsicles and orange is the first to go! Never tried it in cupcake form, but let’s be serious. How could I not love it?!

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    Eliana — August 6, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I could not be trusted around a batch of these. They look and sounds super super delish!!!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 6, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    These are beautiful! My husband is the same way and would absolutely love these!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 6, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    I bet the frosting tastes amazing!

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    Cassie — August 6, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    These are adorable Megan! My husband loves creamsicle, he will love these!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 6, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    Orange creamsicle in cupcake form? Lovely.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 7, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    I love how you added pudding to these…I bet they are so moist! Love your site!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 8, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    That frosting alone – it looks so heavenly and the flavor!! Mmmmm!

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    Ana — August 9, 2012 @ 2:40 am

    made these last night and they were delicious. However, i will not add so much pudding mix in because they were a little too sweet even for my sweet tooth. Thanks for the recipe!

    • megan replied: — August 9th, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

      glad you liked them! Thanks for the feedback as well :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — August 11, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    These are so pretty, and sound so delicious! YUM.

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    Jen — August 27, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    I wanted to make these for my friend’s daughter’s birthday this weekend and have been to 3 different stores. I can’t seem to find the cheesecake pudding. Is the flavor that prominent or do you think I can I get away with just using vanilla pudding in it’s place?

    • megan replied: — August 28th, 2012 @ 6:22 am

      I’m not sure, I found it at Meijer, but that doesn’t really help you out. I’m guessing you could use vanilla and it would be fine :) Let me know how it turns out!

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    Chelsea — October 5, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    I would love to make these for a birthday party. Did you use a mix that says it already contains pudding or one without?

    • megan replied: — October 7th, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

      Unfortunately I can’t remember – I’m guessing I just used whatever was on sale. I’m guessing it will be fine no matter which mix you use – I hope you like them :)

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    Darren — October 12, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    I made this in layer cake form today for my daughter’s birthday and it turned out spectacular! I used 8″ pans and baked them in a convection oven for about 25 minutes.

    I used the Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix and the only cheesecake Jell-o pudding I could find was sugar free and fat free. The batter this creates is pretty stiff…I had to tap the pans on the counter to level them off…but it turned out wonderful! Just like a Dreamsicle!!

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    Sandi — November 13, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    These sound wonderful. My 91 year old godfather loves chocolate and orange combinations, so I’m going to try making the cupcake part of this recipe, then frost it with a thin layer of real fudge homemade icing next time I go to visit him. I will let you know how it turns out. Thank you for the recipe. There are so many good things here I want to try. God bless!

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    Erica — January 29, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    I made these cupcakes for my high school bake sale, and they were a HUGE hit! Check out how mine came out here: http://cannella-vita.blogspot.com/2013/01/creamsicle-cupcakes.html

    P.S. Orange Creamsicles are my all time favorite ice cream!

    • megan replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 9:43 am

      I’m so glad you liked them! Yours looked really cute :)

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    Tanika Rice — April 8, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    I just tried this recipe, tweaked it a LITTLE. BUT I LOVED THEM. My post about them (and links to your blog) will be posted this week :) <3

    • megan replied: — April 10th, 2013 @ 9:31 am

      So glad you liked the cupcakes! :)

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