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Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

These Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes are such a fun summertime treat! That same citrus-y vanilla flavor you loved as a kid, in cupcake form.

Serves 28 cupcakes     adjust servings


For the Cupcakes

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup orange soda (at room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • zest of half an orange
  • orange gel food coloring

For the Frosting

  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoons orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of half an orange
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 6-8 tablespoons milk
  • orange gel food coloring
  • orange sprinkles, for garnish


  1. Make the Cupcakes:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line the cupcake pans with papers.
    2. Place the cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.  Add the softened butter, mixing on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand.  Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure each one is fully incorporated before adding the next.  Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the sour cream, orange soda, vanilla, zest, and food coloring.  Mix on medium speed for about a minute and a half.
    3. Scoop the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when pressed.  Cool completely before frosting.

    Make the Frosting:

    1. Place the butter, extracts, zest, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on low speed until combined.  Turn up the speed to medium-high and continue to beat for about 2 minutes or until fluffy.  Drizzle in the milk, a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a creamy, pipe-able consistency.  Reserve about 1 cup of un-tinted frosting, then add the color to the remaining.  Pipe the orange frosting on the cupcakes using a large round tip, then top with swirls of un-tinted frosting (using a large star tip) and orange sprinkles.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 422kcal Calories from fat 193
% Daily Value
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 161mg 7%
Carbohydrate 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 42g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g