Creamsicle Cupcakes {Dreamy Summer Cupcakes}

Creamsicle Cupcakes is an orange cupcake recipe with a creamsicle buttercream. These summer cupcakes are made with box cake mix hacks! These creamsicle cupcakes will be the hit of the pool party!


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Summer Cupcakes

Who doesn’t like cupcakes? Cupcakes can be made at any time of the year. So what is summer cupcakes?


Summer cupcakes to me are cupcakes with lighter flavors. Lighter flavors are summer flavors like lemon and creamsicle to me.


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Box Cake Mix Hacks

I love making cupcakes from a cake mix. It is a matter of just doctoring up the cake mix for some box cake mix hacks. So how did I cake orange cupcakes with some box cake mix hacks?


Orange yogurt and orange extract, that was my secret to this moist orange cupcake recipe. Those two ingredients give these summer cupcakes that yummy creamsicle taste.


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Creamsicle Cupcakes With Orange Soda

I have seen recipes that are creamsicle cupcakes with orange soda. I use the orange soda in a way you are not expecting. I actually boiled the orange soda down into a simple syrup gel for this orange cupcake recipe.



Yep! I wanted my orange cupcake recipe to be different. I wanted more of a creamsicle flavor. After all, creamsicle screams summer cupcakes!



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Creamsicle Buttercream

Even though these are creamsicle cupcakes, I wanted the orange flavor to be light on them. Creamsicles are orange vanilla, not overpowering orange flavor.


So when came to making the creamsicle buttercream, I decided to make a regular buttercream and use the orange extract to give it that light orange vanilla taste. That is more what a creamsicle tastes like.


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Orange Cupcake Recipe

When you combine all of this together: box cake mix hacks, orange pop gel, and buttercream, you get a moist orange cupcake recipe. These summer cupcakes are is so easy and so good, it is perfect for a pool party!

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Creamsicle Cupcakes


Creamsicle Cupcakes Recipe
Yield: 12 servings

Creamsicle Cupcakes Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Creamsicle Cupcakes is an orange cupcake recipe with a creamsicle buttercream. These summer cupcakes are made with box cake mix hacks!



  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3oz) box vanilla pudding
  • 1  Yoplait orange yogurt
  • 2 Eggs
  • Oil
  • Water
  • 2 tsp orange extract


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

Orange Soda Gel

  • 1 (12 ounce) orange soda
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) envelopes liquid pectin



  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease or paper-line 12 muffin cups.
  2. Place paper baking cup muffin baking pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cupcake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  5. Bake 18 to 23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan to cooling rack.


  1. Using a mixer, cream the shortening and butter in a bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat well. Add the orange and vanilla extract; beat thoroughly.
  3. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until creamy.
  4. Scrape into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

Orange Soda Gel

  1. Combine soft drink and sugar in a heavy sauce pot.
  2. Bring to boil and continue that boil for one minute.
  3. Add the liquid pectin.
  4. Stirring constantly, bring to another boil and boil hard for 1 minute.


You can pipe the gel it into the groves as I did. However, drizzle with the gel is easier for most people.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 917 Total Fat: 37g Saturated Fat: 18g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 83mg Sodium: 375mg Carbohydrates: 146g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 123g Protein: 4g

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