orange dreamsicle cupcakes

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Carrie B
North Branch, MN

Orange Dreamsicle / Creamsicle in a cake form

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These ARE delicious! One bite and I was brought back to the ice cream I enjoyed so much as a kid. I added orange food coloring to my buttercream frosting to top these off. I can't wait to make these again! A treat the entire family will enjoy.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
serves 30
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For orange dreamsicle cupcakes

  • 1 box
    cake mix, white
  • 1 c
    orange sherbet, softened
  • 2/3 c
    orange soda
  • 1 c
    cake flour
  • 3/4 c
    sugar
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 c
    sour cream (could also use singe serving orange creamsicle/orange yogurt)
  • 3
    eggs
  • 1/2 c
    oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange extract
  • *optional* drop/s orange food coloring for extra color
  • CREAM FILLING (AKA DING DONG FILLING)
  • 5 Tbsp
    flour
  • 1 c
    milk
  • 5 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 dash
    salt
  • 3/4 c
    sugar
  • 1/2 c
    butter
  • 1/2 c
    shortening

How To Make orange dreamsicle cupcakes

  • 1
    For cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • 2
    Sift all dry ingredients into bowl, then mix all wet ingredients into dry ingredients together until blended.
  • 3
    Scoop batter into cupcake liners/cupcake tin. Bake for 18-20 min until cooked through (cake springs back/or toothpick comes clean. Let cool on racks before adding filling. Makes approx 30-32 cupcakes
  • 4
    For Cream Filling: Cook together first 5 ingredients until thick like wallpaper paste. Make sure flour is added and mixed well so doesn't become lumpy. Cool.
  • 5
    Separately mix sugar, butter, and shortening. Add to cooled mixture and beat with mixer 5 minutes/or until fluffy. Squeeze into cooled cupcakes with a frosting bag and tip.
  • 6
    On Top: Orange glaze or frosting of your choice for top. I typically use the crusting buttercream recipe for all my cakes and cupcakes listed in my recipe file, and you could flavor that orange or vanilla to your liking and color with orange food coloring if preferred.
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