I bought a cupcake magazine a couple weeks ago at Sam’s Club. I tried to walk past the magazines without looking, but somehow my eyes wandered and the big, bold letters that spelled CUPCAKES made me stop in my tracks. I picked up the magazine, started flipping through it’s pages and within seconds all my willpower was out the door (see, I told you I have a problem!).
I loved creamsicles as a kid (who am I kidding, I still love them) so when I saw this recipe I knew they would be one of the first ones to try. I made them for my son’s 16th birthday party and they did not disappoint! LOVED THEM! I will definitely be making these again.
- 1 3- ounce package orange-flavor gelatin
- 1 package white cake mix
- 1 4- serving-size package cheesecake instant pudding and pie filling mix
- 1 1/4 cups orange juice
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Popsicle sticks (optional)
- CREAM POP FROSTING
- 1 8- ounce package cream cheese , softened
- 1/2 cup butter , softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tsp. reserved orange gelatin
- 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
- Few drops orange food coloring (optional)
- 5 cups powdered sugar (more or less depending on the consistency you like)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line twenty-seven 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with foil bake cups. Set aside 2 teaspoons of the gelatin for the Cream Pop Frosting.
In a mixing bowl beat the remaining gelatin, the cake mix, pudding mix, orange juice, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.
Spoon orange-flavor Cream Pop Frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Spoon the vanilla-flavor Cream Pop Frosting into another pastry bag fitted with a small star tip. Pipe orange frosting onto each cupcake to cover the top. Pipe a medium-size star of white frosting onto each cupcake.
If desired, stick a popsicle stick into the top of each cupcake
In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency.
Transfer one-fourth of the frosting to a small bowl; beat in 1/4 tsp. vanilla.
To the remaining bowl of Cream Cheese Frosting add the reserved orange gelatin from the cupcakes and the orange peel. If desired, add a few drops orange food coloring. Beat to combine.
The frosting is amazing!