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!


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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!

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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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53 comments on “Delicious orange cream cupcakes”

  1. Molly @Perfume and Playlists Reply

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

  3. Oh my. I love orange! these are gorgeous!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  26. This recipe is just right; thank you!

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

  28. shelli zimmerman Reply

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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. 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!

  35. How many cupcakes does this make?

    • 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. How many cupcakes does this recipe make? 

    • 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 Reply

    love your site

  38. Midwest Michelle Reply

    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.

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

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