Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

I have had the baking bug for a while now so over the weekend I made some absolutely delicious cupcakes for a little get together with friends. My only criteria were that I wanted to try a new recipe and I wanted to (finally) make some homemade frosting with my KitchenAid mixer. I knew making homemade frosting would be SO much easier now that I have it, but hadn’t had an opportunity yet. Well, I decided to make an opportunity!

Orange Creamsicle Cupcake

I combined two different recipes for Orange Creamsicle cupcakes from Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life; the Orange Cream Soda Pop Cupcakes recipe and Soda Cupcakes recipe.

Cupcake IngredientsTo make the cupcakes I used 1 box of Classic White cake mix, mixed in a whole box of instant vanilla pudding, a whole box of orange Jell-O (minus 1.5 teaspoons that I saved for the frosting), one egg white, and 12 ounces of orange soda. (Ignore the cream cheese in this photo – not sure why I put it there.) The idea for mixing soda into the cupcakes comes from the Soda Cupcakes recipe linked to above, while the Jell-O and vanilla pudding come from the Orange Cream Soda Pop recipe.

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

After everything was added I mixed it all together for about 2.5 minutes according to the directions on the box (30 seconds low speed, 2 minutes medium speed). If I were to make them again, I think I would cut down the mixing time just a little bit because I think I over-mixed this batch. It wasn’t a huge deal, but just an FYI; they looked well mixed after 1.5-2 minutes so I would stop at that next time.

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes baking

After everything was mixed I filled up the cupcake tins. One note of warning – this batter is very thick and sticky so it isn’t easy to pour. I wound up scooping it out of the bowl and putting it in the tins rather than pouring it. The nice thing about this recipe though is that it wound up making 29 cupcakes. I typically find with mixes I have a hard time squeaking out the 24 that they list on the box so this was a nice change!

Orange Creamsicle Frosting Ingredients

While the cupcakes were baking, I made the frosting. I followed the recipe for the Cream Pop Frosting that is listed along with the Orange Cream Soda Pop cupcakes for the most part, but did deviate slightly. I used about 4.5 cups of powdered sugar, 1.5 teaspoons orange Jell-O, 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. I did not include the orange peel because I didn’t have any and didn’t feel like bothering with it at the time. I saved a little bowl of white frosting and then mixed in the Jell-O and some orange food coloring with the rest. I piped on the orange frosting first and then finished them off with a little tuft of “cream” frosting on top.

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

I was so pleased with the final result! These tasted delicious! You could really taste the orange flavor in the cupcakes and the frosting complimented the cake perfectly. Everyone loved them which was great and I finally got to make homemade frosting. Better yet, it was the first time I made cream cheese frosting and I loved it – so great to work with!

Do you ever combine two different but similar recipes? Have you ever made soda cupcakes? I’ve been asked to do root beer float cupcakes and they sound so delicious I might try them out soon! What kinds of things are you baking in the kitchen?