Creamsicle Cupcakes

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I think we’ve almost all tried a creamsicle at one time or another in our lives, and I think I would be safe to say that for most of us, these flavors bring us straight back to our childhood!

There’s just something about the combination of ‘orange and cream’ that pair so perfectly together! Now you add these flavors to a cupcake…And what’s not to love!?! Meet your new ‘childhood’‘ favorite!

Method

The estimated total time to make this recipe is 30-35 Minutes.

1

To make the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350, and line 2 (12 muffin tins) with cupcake liners. Beat cake mix and pop together until batter is smooth and creamy. Pour cake mix into lined muffin tin, filling each cup about half way full. Place cupcakes in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes.

2

While cupcakes are baking, mix together Pudding Mix, Milk, Cool Whip, and Food Coloring.

3

Squeeze the juice of one orange into the frosting mixture. (I like to squeeze my orange upside down, so I don’t get seeds in the bowl!)

Note: For a stronger citrus flavor, add 1/2 tsp orange extract.

4

Beat until smooth.

5

When cupcakes come out of the oven, let cool completely before frosting. When ready to frost, turn a large ziplock bag inside out, and scoop frosting into the corner of the bag with a spatula. Turn ziplock bag right-side out, squeezing frosting down into one corner.

6

Snip the corner of the bag off with scissors.

7

To pipe frosting, begin by making a large circle on top of the cupcake, followed by smaller circles, and simply pull up at the top!

8

To decorate, cut one orange into thin slices.  Cut each slice into 4 equal parts.

9

Gently push orange slice into the peak of the frosting, and enjoy!

Ingredients

Orange Cupcakes:
1 Box vanilla cake mix (you could use a reduced sugar vanilla cake mix if desired)
1 (12 oz) Can diet orange pop (1 1/2 cups orange pop)
Creamsicle Frosting:
1 (8 oz) Container Cool Whip™
1 Box sugar free vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cupSkim milk
1Orange food coloring (or a mix of yellow and red food coloring)
Juice1 Orange (and/or 1/2 tsp of orange extract for a stronger citrus flavor)
Optional1 Orange to decorate

Katie's Tip!

I like to squeeze my orange upside down, so I don’t get seeds in the bowl!

Nutrition Breakdown

24 Cupcakes
126 Calories Per Serving
2.5 g Fat
20 g Carbohydrate
0.5 g Fiber
7 g Sugar
1 g Protein
3 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving

46 Comments

Cheri said:

Dying right now for these. Absolutely dying…

August 8th, 2011 — 1:18pm  |  Reply

VeggieGirl said:

Katie, your recipes are seriously AMAZING!!!

August 8th, 2011 — 3:15pm  |  Reply

Tracy S said:

what size is the 8 oz. Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding mix? I could only find the 4 1/2 cup serving, and the 6 1/2 cup serving boxes? Thanks!

August 9th, 2011 — 6:43am  |  Reply

Allison said:

My fiance would love these cupcakes since he loves orange soda! Do you suggest any specific yellow cake mix? A few years ago I started trying to eat an all natural/ preservative free diet (due to health reasons) and I’ve noticed most boxed cake mixes don’t really fit the bill :/ big bummer…

August 9th, 2011 — 11:39am  |  Reply

Morgan said:

Does it make 12 regular sized cupcakes? I am confused by this part: (2-12 muffin tins) That makes it sound like it makes 24 regular sized cupcakes.

Thanks! They look dreamy :)

August 9th, 2011 — 1:44pm  |  Reply

Allison said:

Yeah, I need to check TJ’s (Trader Joe’s) and WH (Whole Foods)! We like Diet Hansans all natural sodas :)

August 9th, 2011 — 7:33pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

oh and allison, you could also use truwhip instead of cool whip, a natural cool whip! :)

August 10th, 2011 — 3:50am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

not sure if they make a natural pudding mix though… do you know?

August 10th, 2011 — 3:50am  |  Reply

Lee said:

I love reading about your love for cooking healthy and your love for the Lord.I think it would be great for you to share your daily devotionals and more detailed workouts.Your such an inspiration.

August 10th, 2011 — 5:32am  |  Reply

Allison said:

Hm, I’m not sure?! I haven’t had a need to purchase any pudding- I know that TJ’s has a vanilla and chocolate flavor but not sure about their ingredients… Thanks so much for the alternatives! :D

August 10th, 2011 — 12:21pm  |  Reply

Lisa said:

how cute! these look amazing! and i’m totally loving the frosting idea. I was afriad by whipping cool whip it would break down, but the agents in the pudding mix must help keep in together. Im so trying this!! I have a question for how many it makes though- did you mean 12? the serving size says 126 cupcakes…ha! That many cupcakes in my house would be very dangerous ;)

August 11th, 2011 — 10:58am  |  Reply

Lisa said:

ahh, nevermind just re-read. but thank you again! :)

August 11th, 2011 — 10:59am  |  Reply

Martha said:

I made these the other day and they turned out great! I didn’t tell my family they were low-fat and low-sugar…that would have been a major turn off lol. Everyone loved them! Perfect dessert to get me in wedding shape for next June :) Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

August 12th, 2011 — 9:13pm  |  Reply

Ashleigh said:

Katie, I love your cupcake ideas!! My husband has been on a dreamsicle kick lately so I am definitely going to have to make these :)

August 15th, 2011 — 8:12pm  |  Reply

Jennifer Leigh said:

Katie, thank you so much for sharing and for the detailed photos. For a visual learner like myself, that is extremely helpful!! One question for this recipe- for the sugar free vanilla pudding mix, what size box should I get? Thanks so much! :)

August 29th, 2011 — 9:34am  |  Reply

Emily said:

Hello,

I have a quick quesiton but the cake mix and pop are you making the cake as directed on the box and just adding the pop in place of water or how does that work? Or are you mixing just the cake mix and the pop and that’s it no eggs or oil?

September 13th, 2011 — 2:54pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

So I had my Boss make these for my birthday as she makes whatever kind of cupcakes you want and OMG These were so yummy and so LIGHT.

September 19th, 2011 — 12:23pm  |  Reply

Kami said:

Hey, just a quick question. I am making these for my daughter’s upcoming birthday and I am not getting the same calculations for calories as you are. How many cupcakes per serving? My calculations are a lot lower then yours (which I don’t mind in the least :) ) I came up with about 50 calories per cupcake. I am just wondering if I am missing something or if one cupcake really is that low. If so I am in heaven :)

March 7th, 2012 — 6:29pm  |  Reply

Kami said:

Vanilla by Betty Crocker. It says 160 calories for the mix.

March 7th, 2012 — 7:55pm  |  Reply

Kami said:

I couldn’t find diet orange soda so the one I have is 160 calories for 12 oz. and my whipping cream is 25 calories and has 25 servings in it.

March 7th, 2012 — 8:11pm  |  Reply

Kami said:

You know what I am an idiot..I just realized what I did…lol! I was only counting one serving of cake mix in my calculations. Sorry for waisting your time..can’t wait to make the cupcakes though :)

March 7th, 2012 — 8:32pm  |  Reply

Jen said:

Sound great! But I still haven’t seen an answer about whether you prepare the mix with the ingredients on the box-oil, water, eggs-or just use the soda? I’d like to try them, so would like to know. Thanks!

April 3rd, 2012 — 8:22pm  |  Reply

Julie said:

Made these today and they were really good. I added the zest of one orange to the cake batter and the zest of a second orange to the “frosting”. Super yummy.

April 17th, 2012 — 5:08pm  |  Reply

Cathy said:

I’ve made these three times now. The first time they turned out perfect. The last two times the frosting will not thicken up and is just thin and soupy. Anyone know why?

July 30th, 2012 — 10:45pm  |  Reply

Janelle Wade said:

I was so delighted with this recipe after making it that I branched out and tried a few twists, both of which were amazing!

Chocolate-covered Strawberry: strawberry cake mix and diet Sprite with sugar-free chocolate fudge pudding in the frosting

Maple Chocolate: sugar-free devil’s food and diet cream soda with sugar-free butterscotch pudding in the frosting

I can’t wait to try a pink-lemonade cupcake (I’m thinking vanilla cake mix with diet cherry 7up and then a vanilla pudding with fresh lemon juice).

Thanks so much for the recipe! Everyone wants to know my secret to super moist cake and light but creamy frosting!

August 5th, 2012 — 5:29pm  |  Reply

Janelle Wade said:

I was so delighted with this recipe after making it that I branched out and tried a few twists, both of which were amazing!

Chocolate-covered Strawberry: strawberry cake mix and diet Sprite with sugar-free chocolate fudge pudding in the frosting

Maple Chocolate: sugar-free devil’s food and diet cream soda with sugar-free butterscotch pudding in the frosting

I can’t wait to try a pink-lemonade cupcake (I’m thinking vanilla cake mix with diet cherry 7up and then a vanilla pudding with fresh lemon juice). Anyone have other ideas? I’m thinking also of chocolate cake + diet cherry coke with chocolate frosting (maybe w/ some cherry juice?)

Thanks so much for the recipe! Everyone wants to know my secret to super moist cake and light but creamy frosting!

August 5th, 2012 — 5:30pm  |  Reply

Janelle Wade said:

I also used Cool Whip lite. Sorry, don’t know why this posted twice or how to delete it.

August 5th, 2012 — 5:32pm  | 

Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden said:

What a nice cupcake color! I really like them! I hope they are tasty too!

August 22nd, 2012 — 6:15am  |  Reply

Erica said:

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!

January 29th, 2013 — 11:21am  |  Reply

KimG said:

I am so sad to say this was not a winning recipe for me. Mainly it was the frosting. It came out completely soupy, unusable. I tried all of my tricks to thicken it, even letting it set in the fridge for awhile to see if it help. It was a lost cause. If anyone has any hints to pass along, I would appreciate it.

April 14th, 2013 — 12:08am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

did you use instant pudding mix? you most likely used cook and serve

April 14th, 2013 — 9:01am  | 

KimG said:

Although that is obvious to me now, it is a distinction you should make in the recipe. You just say “pudding mix” not instant. It appears others had this issue too.

April 14th, 2013 — 12:45pm  | 

Jenna Macklin said:

What is the calorie count if I use sugar free cake mix (just found one from pillsbury…what a find!)? Great recipe idea! Thanks a bunch!

July 20th, 2013 — 6:10pm  |  Reply

Rose said:

Great cupcakes! I made the frosting, and it is soupy and not able to be piped. I read through the comments above already so to ward off the concern about the pudding, I did use instant pudding and not cook and serve. I put the cool whip in straight from the freezer, so the cool whip was like ice cream consistency at first, but as I mixed all the ingredients together using my KitchenAid on speed 2, the frosting became runny. I put it in the fridge and it isn’t thickening. Any suggestions? Did I mix it too long or too fast maybe? If possible a reply very soon would be great because I am hoping to finish them for a party tomorrow afternoon. Thanks!

August 31st, 2013 — 7:31pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Tracy, you can just use 2 small boxes of the pudding, or just one, but either will work! :)

August 9th, 2011 — 7:36am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

actually allison, there is organic cake mix at most grocery stores that would work perfect! :)…although orange soda isn’t exactly all natural! :)

August 9th, 2011 — 6:53pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thats correct morgan! :) 24… although if you fill them up more you could get 12 out of it! :)

August 9th, 2011 — 6:53pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

allison, great idea! i love that stuff, i forgot about it, because i usually dont buy it due to it being a bit pricey, but its an awesome option!

August 10th, 2011 — 3:47am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

i sure will lee! :) thanks so much! :)

August 11th, 2011 — 5:27am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

i saw some at my grocery store the other day right next to the other cake mixes. it was vanilla organics. as for the frosting, you could always leave the frosting out, and just use truwhip and the juice of 1/2 an orange! :)

August 11th, 2011 — 5:29am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks ashleigh! :)

August 16th, 2011 — 3:51am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thank you so much Jennifer! I just use the regular size pudding box! :)

August 29th, 2011 — 6:06pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

what an amazing compliment! thanks emily! :)

September 19th, 2011 — 11:54pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hey kami, what kind of cake mix are you using?

March 7th, 2012 — 7:19pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

no you didn’t kami! :) thanks for clarifying, and enjoy the cupcakes and your daughters birthday! :)

March 7th, 2012 — 8:39pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

just the soda jen! :)

April 3rd, 2012 — 9:21pm  |  Reply

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