Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes, & a Giveaway!
These orange creamsicle cupcakes are such a fun summertime treat! That same citrus-y vanilla flavor you loved as a kid, in cupcake form.
Hey guys! I’ve got a really fun recipe for ya today. And a great giveaway too!
Do you know Toni from Make Bake Celebrate? I had the pleasure of meeting her a year or so ago, and she’s just as nice in person as she comes across on her blog!
I fell in love with her site way back in December 2013, when it inspired me to create these Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees. And now today, I’m once again putting my own spin on one of her fabulous ideas!
Orange creamsicle is such a summertime classic. This happens to be a favorite flavor of my mom’s, so these babies are headed her way for sure! She gave up her entire Saturday to help me clear the junk out of my kids’ playroom this past weekend. It was no small task, let me assure you. It’s pretty mind-blowing how much C-R-A-P two kids can accumulate over the course of a few years. We packed up no less than half a dozen huge moving boxes full of toys, and scrubbed every surface of that room. It sparkles now.
But enough about that! Let’s talk cupcakes. Toni’s new book Cupcakery is jam-packed with fun ideas like this one. In addition to some great baking and decorating tips and tricks, she’s got a cupcake recipe for any and every occasion. There are cupcakes for breakfast (her Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes spoke to my heart), cupcakes inspired by ice cream, cookies, and pie (hi Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes), kid-inspired treats (my boys would go ga-ga over her Dirt Pudding Cupcakes), and lots of other creative ideas to wow your party guests. Then, the second half of the book is entirely devoted to cupcakes inspired by the seasons. And you know how much I love to bake with the seasons! She’s got a cupcake recipe for every holiday you can think of, and then some.
Cupcakery is sort of a cross between a cookbook and a craft book. The recipes are super-simple (most start with a box mix), and the real star of the show is just the unique flavor combinations and the adorable way Toni has of styling her cupcakes with fun papers, beautifully piped swirls, and unique toppers. Toni has such an incredible aesthetic that is so bright, colorful, and happy- it just puts you right in a party mood!
Since I have a thing for scratch-baking, and since Toni’s ideas are so adaptable, I’ve used my Even Simpler, More Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes as the starting point here, jazzing it up in just the same way Toni recommends doing with the box mix. The orange soda is such a fun addition and really brings out that creamsicle vibe!
You can purchase Cupcakery here. I promise you won’t be disappointed! It’s such a fun read and there’s tons of useful info and inspiration.
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Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes
- 2 cups (250 g) cake flour
- 1 1/2 cups (187.5 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, (2 sticks), softened
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (115 g) sour cream
- 1/2 cup (90 ml) orange soda,, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons (1.5 tablespoons) orange zest
- orange gel food coloring
For the Frosting
- 2 cups (454 g) unsalted butter, (4 sticks), softened
- 1 tablespoons orange extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoon (1.5 tablespoon) orange zest , (zest of half an orange)
- 1/8 teaspoon (0.13 teaspoon) kosher salt
- 8 cups (960 g) powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons milk, (you may need as much as 8 tablespoons)
- orange gel food coloring
- orange sprinkles,, for garnish
Make the Cupcakes:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line the cupcake pans with papers.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.