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Over the weekend I did a little experimenting in the kitchen. I have a crush on orange soda (pun totally intended-ha)  so I decided to make orange creamsicle cupcakes. Boy did these surpass my expectations. Whenever I make up a recipe I have NO idea how it will turn out, but these orange cupcakes turned out absolutely delicious! Especially the frosting. Wow! I may have licked it straight from the bowl. Shh… don’t tell! I had to take them to my neighbors asap.

The jello pudding makes these cupcakes super soft and the orange soda gives them a sweet kick. These would be super fun for a summer or Halloween party!

Delicious orange cream cupcakes


  • 1 16.5 oz white cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
  • 6 Tb orange jello powder save 1 TB for frosting
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup orange soda room temperature
  • 1 8 oz cube of cream cheese softened
  • 1 cube (1/2 cup) salted butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 3 cup powdered sugar


  1. Pre heat oven to 350. Combine cake mix, vanilla pudding and 5 Tb of jello in a large bowl. Beat in egg whites, vegetable oil and orange soda. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Place batter in cupcake liners and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and allow to cool.
  3. For frosting combine cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. With a mixer beat until smooth. Add jello, orange extract and powdered sugar. Mix until fluffy.
  4. Frost cupcakes and enjoy!

My little boy sure loved helping me make these cupcakes! He is the best taste tester. ;)

He even helped me frost the cupcakes… right after he gave himself a tattoo. He’s quite the artist, don’t you think? ;)

These really are to die for! I love all things orange and these definitely made it to the top of the list! If you want to make the pinwheels find the tutorial here.


Looking for more recipes like this? Check out: jello cookiesorange creamsicle cookiesNeapolitan cupcakes, coconut cupcakes .

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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45 Responses to “Delicious orange cream cupcakes”

  1. Molly @Perfume and Playlists

    These look so good; I will definitely have to try them! My husband isn’t much of a chocolate fan (crazy, I know), but loves all things creamsicle so this is one treat that might please the both of us.

  2. Lisa

    I am such a kid at heart and still love Crush soda, too! I think my little son will love these cupcakes just like yours did (btw, your son is such a cutie!). I need to go buy some jello mixes!

  3. Mallory Nikolaus

    WOW!!!!! These look phenomenal! They sound delicious and look absolutely perfect!! Nice work Jam!!! I’ll have to try these out. Carter is obsessed with all things “orange” so I’m sure the Orange cupcakes will be a hit!

    xoxo, Mallory

  4. ashley

    I love the pictures of your son helping! And what a fantastic idea for a cupcake – going to try these for sure!

  5. Elle

    I don’t know what it is about this summer but I have been loving orange soda! These cupcakes look SO good and I agree they would be great for Halloween. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try them out. :D

  6. Kelly UK

    Hey there! Im so eager to make these beautiful cupcakes. Being from over the pond im struggling with the instant vanilla pudding. We have a few variations i could use, such as angel delight?? What is instant vanilla pudding and what is ut nirmally used for??
    Many thanks! Love this blog!
    Kelly x x

  7. Nici Higby ~ Posed Perfection

    These are so stinkin’ cute! I love your son’s tattoo also. ;-) Thanks so much for stopping by Posed Perfection last week and leaving me a sweet note about the Watkins Brownies. Hope you have a great rest of the week.

  8. Heather

    So adorable and fun! Where or where did you find the baking cups??? They are perfect!

  9. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    These are absolutely adorable! And I can imagine how good they taste too with all the orange goodness and cream cheese frosting. YUM! I think my favorite part though is the fun little paper/cap topper that you made…way cute:-)

  10. shradha dugar

    I am a vegetarian staying in India. What can be used instead of egg whites and instant vanilla pudding?

  11. Iola Stringer

    I made these today for my daughter’s birthday. I didn’t have the extract so used the soda instead. Worked out great and SO yummy. ( and I don’t like orange flavored stuff) Going to Sub Strawberry for the orange to take to a church potluck. DEFINITELY a keeper recipe.

  12. Summer

    I just made these and they are amazing!!!!!! Super moist and tastes just like orange cream! This is a new fave.

  13. Lynnette

    Can’t wait to make these tonight! My 9 yo daughter and I love making your cupcakes!! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Heather

    Orange cream is at the top of my family’s favorite flavs! I can’t wait to surprise them with these tasty treats. I think I might even use them for my boy’s b-day party coming up. They will be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. Tiffany@Fizzy party

    I saw these on Pinterest and had to make them they sounded so good. Just made them tonight and they are de-lish! Nice subtle orange flavor. Can’t wait to take these to my friends Bon Voyage party. I know the guests will love these as much as I do. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Vickie

    Wondering what I could replace the cream cheese with? My hubby HATES any type of cheese even when it hidden by cooking it…I made a promise when we married that I wouldn’t ever try to feed him cheese–I know what was I thinking!? lol….he misses out on some yummy things due to his cheese or lack of cheese fetish….any thoughts?

  17. Elizabeth

    Mmmmm! I want to make these and then drizzle a bit of chocolate sauce over the top! Chocolate + orange = my most favourite flavour combination :)

  18. shelli zimmerman

    my aunt made these the other day and i loved them , they were soooo good ( but i was the only one who liked them ) so she altered the recipe and used strawberry jello instead of orange and a tbsp of strawberry jam in place of orange extract and they were just as amazing but this time everyone liked them ( house full of strawberry fans ) they tasted like strawberry icecream ;)

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Him! I think it will make enough. You may need to double the icing if you are putting an icing layer in between the cake as well! Hope you enjoy it! :)

  19. Ana

    Hi! I live in South America, what if I can’t find the instant pudding??? Any suggestions??? I really really want to make these…

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Ana! I found this recipe for a homemade vanilla pudding mix! You could definitely try making this and adding it! I’ve also heard you can add a few spoonfuls of sour cream or yogurt, but I haven’t tried it! Hope that helps! :)

  20. Mary Gleason

    You helped make a seven year old very happy at his class birthday party. He insisted. On orange with orange icing with rainbow sprinkles on top. We even added a candy orange slice in the middle. Thank you for the delicious recipe that had the whole family singing praises!

    • Jamielyn

      I’m so glad your family enjoyed these cupcakes! It is such a fun recipe for kids and the frosting is amazing! :)

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Ginger! It has been so long since I have made these that I honestly can’t remember, I am sorry! Most of my cupcake recipes make between 1-2 dozen, so it should be around there! :)