Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Y’all. These cupcakes turned out so good. I made an orange creamsicle cake last year and it just wasn’t orangey enough. This year I decided to just bite the bullet and invest in orange extract. I’m glad I did- these cupcakes have the perfect flavor!



1 white box cake

1 3 oz package of orange jello

4 eggs

3/4 cup orange juice

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tsp orange extract


1 8 oz package of cream cheese

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butterm

5 cups powdered sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp orange extract


Whisk together cake mix and jello. Whisk in eggs one at a time until completely combined. Mix in juice, oil, and extract. Prepare 2 12-cup muffin tins and preheat oven to 325F. Fill each muffin tin 3/4 full with batter. Bake for 14 minutes or until cupcakes are cooked. Beware, these will burn quickly!

To prepare frosting, mix room temperature cream cheese and butter in an electric mixer for 3-5 minutes. 1 cup at a time, mix in powdered sugar until smooth. Add more powdered sugar if you desire a different consistency. Add salt, heavy cream, and vanilla extract and continue mixing until smooth. Separate half of the frosting into a new bowl. To the electric mixing bowl, add the orange extract and mix thoroughly. Add some drops of yellow and red food coloring to distinguish the orange flavored frosting from the cream cheese frosting. To swirl the frosting, lay plastic wrap on the counter. Spoon a strip of each frosting side by side, then roll the plastic wrap up. Place the log of frosting into a piping bag and pip frosting onto cupcakes as normal.

Happy baking!



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