What’s Baking: Orange Cream Cupcakes

The theme for What’s Baking this month is baking with fruit. I had a really hard time choosing a recipe. There were just so many things that I wanted to make, but when I realized that I had almost all of the ingredients for this recipe already hanging around, it only made sense to choose it.

I was hoping these cupcakes would taste like a creamsicle.

Orange Cream Cupcakes
Source: Le Creme de la Crumb
Servings: 20
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    for the cupcakes:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup oil 
  • 2 tbsp. orange zest 

for the frosting:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream 
  • 4 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 3 tbsp. cheesecake flavor instant pudding mix (or vanilla)
  • 2 tbsp. orange zest 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt, optional 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners.
2. In the bowl of your stand mixer add all of the ingredients for the cake and mix together with the paddle attachment until smooth.
3. Fill each line 3/4 of the way with the batter. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
4. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting by combining the butter, cream cheese and heavy cream together in the bowl of your stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until combined. Then add in the orange juice, pudding mix, zest and vanilla until combined.
6. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until the icing reaches the desired consistency. Add the salt if the frosting is too sweet. (To pipe on the frosting you’ll need a thick consistency of icing.)
7. Pipe or spread the frosting on the cupcakes.

And they do! They taste like creamsicle cupcakes which is just incredible!

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