Delicious orange cream cupcakes


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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 .

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Molly @Perfume and Playlists posted on August 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm (#

    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. Stephanie S posted on August 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm (#

    Great recipe and adorable presentation, thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on August 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm (#

    Oh my. I love orange! these are gorgeous!

  4. Kelsey Bang posted on August 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm (#

    oh yum! i LOVE orange soda! i must try these! thanks for sharing!

  5. Lisa posted on August 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm (#

    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!

  6. Mallory Nikolaus posted on August 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm (#

    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

  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl posted on August 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm (#

    these look so yummy- I’ve always been a little obsessed with Orange Crush!

  8. ashley posted on August 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm (#

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

  9. Elle posted on August 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm (#

    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

  10. Kelly UK posted on August 22, 2012 at 12:46 am (#

    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

  11. carrian posted on August 22, 2012 at 7:50 am (#

    Holy marker leg!! These pictures and the recipe look fantastic! Lovely post!!

  12. Emily posted on August 22, 2012 at 11:37 am (#

    Mmm, I love citrus flavors during the summer. These look absolutely delicious!

  13. Nici Higby ~ Posed Perfection posted on August 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm (#

    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.

  14. Heather posted on August 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm (#

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

  15. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on August 23, 2012 at 5:53 am (#

    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:-)

  16. shradha dugar posted on August 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm (#

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

  17. Iola Stringer posted on August 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm (#

    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.

  18. Summer posted on September 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm (#

      So glad you liked them. They are my new favorite too! I love orange creamsicles! :) Thanks for your comment. XO

  19. Lynnette posted on September 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm (#

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

  20. Heather posted on September 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm (#

    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.

  21. genie posted on September 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm (#

    can you make this into a cake….i have to have one for party
    on Sunday.??? thanks..

  22. Tiffany@Fizzy party posted on September 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm (#

    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.

  23. Lisa posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm (#

    They look delicious! Where did you find the cupcake liners?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm (#

      Thanks Lisa! I found them at The Tom Kat Studio.

  24. Vickie posted on October 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm (#

    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?

  25. Leigh Ann posted on October 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm (#

    My mom and I made these for my dad’s birthday; everyone loved them!

  26. Nora posted on December 28, 2012 at 10:14 am (#

    This recipe is just right; thank you!

  27. Elizabeth posted on January 12, 2013 at 5:58 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on January 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm (#

      Yummy! That sounds like it would be super yummy! Let me know how they turn out! :)

  28. shelli zimmerman posted on March 7, 2013 at 10:04 am (#

    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 ;)

  29. June posted on April 3, 2013 at 10:17 am (#

    Where can I find the cute paper cups for the orange cupcakes?

  30. Kim posted on February 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm (#

    Does this make enough batter/icing for a double layer cake?

    • Jamielyn posted on February 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm (#

      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! :)

  31. Kimberley posted on March 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm (#

    I loved these orange cupcakes! The best orange ones i have tried, crazy crafter thanks for sharing

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm (#

      I’m glad you liked them! I love the frosting on these cupcakes…I definitely need to make them again soon!

  32. Tina posted on March 6, 2014 at 12:15 am (#

    Just making sure…. are you making the Instant pudding, or just putting the dry packet in?

    • Jamielyn posted on March 17, 2014 at 6:40 pm (#

      You just put the dry packet it! :)

  33. Ana posted on March 31, 2014 at 11:43 am (#

    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 posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm (#

      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! :)

  34. Mary Gleason posted on April 7, 2014 at 12:17 am (#

    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 posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm (#

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

  35. Ginger posted on May 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm (#

    How many cupcakes does this make?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:03 pm (#

      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! :)

  36. Rachel posted on March 2, 2015 at 7:03 pm (#

    How many cupcakes does this recipe make? 

    • Jamielyn posted on March 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm (#

      Hi! 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! :)

  37. Chris Devereaux-Garth is posted on March 16, 2015 at 1:17 am (#

    love your site

  38. Midwest Michelle posted on April 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm (#

    I know this is an old post, but I came to it via Pinterest and feel compelled to comment :) I made these cupcakes – following both your cake and frosting recipes – and could NOT have been happier with them! Oh, my God, they’re so GOOD! Orange creamsicles are one of my most favorite things in the world, and these cupcakes more than do them justice. Seriously, they’re freakin’ fantastic. I can’t even.

    I’m no baking guru, but because your instructions here are clear and easy to follow, I whipped these up and beautifully presented them like a pro. Dude, I felt like Queen of the Kitchen. 

    Thank you ever so much for having shared this so long ago, and for continuing to make it available to we schmos who are just discovering your genius. I’m forever indebted.

    • Jamielyn posted on April 19, 2015 at 12:01 am (#

      Thank you so much for your comment! It made my day. I am so glad you enjoyed this orange cream cupcakes! :)

  39. Angela Volski posted on August 17, 2015 at 2:16 am (#

    I FOUND IT!! I moved a year ago and lost this recipe! I couldn’t find it until just now! It is AMAZING!! The BEST cupcakes I have EVER made!
    Thanks so much!

  40. Mandi Hicks posted on May 6, 2016 at 11:25 am (#

    I stumbled upon this recipe after learning about adding soda to cake mix to make flavored cakes.  I am going to attempt to make a 2 layer heart shaped cake from this recipe this evening. My kids are going to go bonkers over it, I just know it!

  41. Mandi Hicks posted on May 15, 2016 at 11:16 pm (#

    Made this as a 2 layer cake. Doubled the frosting to compensate. This was the best cake I have ever made!