Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Sail Away Graduation Party

One of the new recipes I tried for the Sail Away party was Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes.  I am a total sucker for anything with the word creamsicle in the title! I picked a fun new cupcake magazine at the grocery store and there are so many I want to try but I knew as soon as I saw it that the Orange Creamsicle would be the first.

Sail Away Graduation Party

The frosting on these cupcakes is over the top yummy!  It is an orange cream cheese, so good.

Sail Away Graduation Party

The recipe uses orange gelatin in combination with real orange juice and it makes for just the right amount of orangeness.

Sail Away Graduation Party

The recipe calls for tinting the frosting orange but since orange didn’t really go with the color scheme of the party I just left the frosting white and added some fun little white sprinkles.

This cupcake and it ‘s lovely orangeness would be perfect for lots of different events – a wedding, baby or bridal shower, birthday or just because.  I vote for just because.

Sail Away Graduation Party

If you are an orange creamsicle fan put these at the top of your To Try list!  Don’t worry the recipe for the chocolate peanut butter cupcakes is coming next week.

Sail Away Graduation Party

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 3 oz. package orange flavored gelatin
  • 1 2 layer size white cake mix
  • 1 small box of cheesecake instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1¼ C orange juice
  • 4 eggs
  • ⅓ C vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Frosting:
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • ½ C butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5-6 C powdered sugar
  • Reserved orange gelatin
  • 1 tsp finely shredded orange peel
  • orange food coloring if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line cupcake pan with liners (makes about 24-27 cupcakes)
  3. Set aside 2 tsp of the orange gelatin for frosting
  4. In a bowl mix together the remaining gelatin, cake mix, pudding mix, orange juice, eggs, oil and vanilla
  5. Fill muffin cups with batter - about ⅔ full
  6. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean
  7. Cool cupcakes before frosting
Frosting:
  1. Soften cream cheese and butter at room temperature for at least 30 minutes
  2. In a large bowl beat butter, cream cheese, reserved gelatin, orange peel and vanilla until light and fluffy
  3. Add in powdered sugar until desired consistency is achieved
  4. Add in orange food coloring if desired
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Leigh Anne,

    I just discovered your blog, and I’m so glad that I did! Your posts are so inventive and inspiring. I look forward to being a follower!

    -Emily

  2. says

    You are KILLING my diet ;), but I have to try these! The combination of orange and cream is my favorite! If you ever get to Atlanta, you must eat at their legendary fast-food restaurant called The Varsity and try the Frosted Orange. So yummy!

  3. Heather says

    Good thing I got this post before I headed out to do my groceries for the weekend – the ingredients are on the list and will be on the Father’s Day menu. They look and sound yummy!

  4. Mary Kathryn says

    When I think of orange creamsicle I think of my mom. However, she does have some food restrictions these days so I am trying to think of some things I could substitute it out with to get a good result. I won’t see her till she comes for the babies’ birth so I have four months! :) Thanks.

      • Mary Kathryn says

        I figured you could sympathize. Hers are more of her choice so I am sure she would cave for a little treat made by her daughter- just once. :) But she stays away from gluten, dairy, and artificial sugars.

        • Kristen says

          Hi! I was wondering if there was an answer about the food restrictions. My mother is lactose intolerant and therefore would not be able to have the pudding mix in the cupcakes. I can modify the frosting myself, but was wondering what to use as a substitute for the pudding mix?

          • Jocelyne Santos says

            The pudding mix is just added to add extra moisture to the cake mix. I’ve seen people use an extra egg, or applesauce.

            However, the most popular are pudding mix, sour cream, or plain yogurt.

            I’m sure if you find gluten free recipes they will provide some alternatives. Good luck!

  5. Dawn says

    Don loves Dreyers orange cream fruit bars. These would make a yummy Father’s Day dessert.
    I tried them at the graduation party and they were sooo good!

  6. says

    I don’t go gaga on eating cupcakes but I LOVE looking at them. But my favorite color is orange and one of my favorite fruits is orange, so I might just hunt for orange-flavored cupcakes in my city!

  7. Miley says

    My coworker made these awhile back and I fell in love with them!! Im beginning to learn how to bake more and always feel uneasy about doing a new recipe. Making these right now for Thanksgiving tomorrow. My house smells unbelievable! Hopefully I don’t eat them all! Thanks for the awesome and super easy recipe.

  8. Hope says

    I found these after googling cupcake ideas this weekend and of course sent my husband out to get the ingredients. Seriously, one of the best cupcakes I have ever had. I cannot stop eating them! haha!

  9. Amy says

    Very good. However, I think next time I’ll add more orange gelatin. I made a double batch and I can barely taste the orange.

  10. Cory says

    To intensify the orange flavor, I use orange cake mix and it is awesome! Wouldn’t change a single thing. Made them for a bridal shower and had NO leftovers :)

  11. Peggy Eddy says

    Leigh Anne,
    I have one thing to say. “You Are Amazing” Thank you for all of your ideas and tips!
    Peggy

  12. Melissa says

    I found you via pinterest and when I saw this recipe I just knew I had to make them right away. I made these a few weeks ago and everyone loved them! And by everyone, I mean our family of 3, my next door neighbors, and some of my hubby’s co-workers. Needless to say, I am making them again for my daughter’s birthday party this weekend :) This is such a yummy and easy recipe – thank you SO much!!

  13. Kathy Perrins says

    I hate to show my ignorance, but here it is..what are those amazing white dots on the frosting?

  14. Patti says

    I was wondering how to make the frosting firmer to pipe on the cupcakes. I sampled these to try for a baby shower and I loved them, so I will be making these for sure. But my frosting was so runny. I don’t want to change it because it was so good. Help?

Trackbacks

  1. […] Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes are the perfect marriage of orange flavor and cream flavored goodness. This recipe uses fresh orange juice and orange flavored gelatin to achieve the orange’s characteristic savor and zest. Sometimes considered the quintessential summer favorite, orange is also traditionally a special gift at Christmas as well, and let’s face it, they taste good all year long. The color can be transformed with a drop or two of food coloring to match any theme or occasion. Source Your Home Based Mom […]

  2. […] Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes are the perfect marriage of orange flavor and cream flavored goodness. This recipe uses fresh orange juice and orange flavored gelatin to achieve the orange’s characteristic savor and zest. Sometimes considered the quintessential summer favorite, orange is also traditionally a special gift at Christmas as well, and let’s face it, they taste good all year long. The color can be transformed with a drop or two of food coloring to match any theme or occasion. Source Your Home Based Mom […]

  3. […] Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes are the perfect marriage of orange flavor and cream flavored goodness. This recipe uses fresh orange juice and orange flavored gelatin to achieve the orange’s characteristic savor and zest. Sometimes considered the quintessential summer favorite, orange is also traditionally a special gift at Christmas as well, and let’s face it, they taste good all year long. The color can be transformed with a drop or two of food coloring to match any theme or occasion. Source Your Home Based Mom […]

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