These cupcakes blend two of my favorite flavors: orange and vanilla! Reminiscent of a childhood ice cream pop treat, these cupcakes will make you feel like a kid again!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

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  • Beat together the orange cake mix, creamy salad dressing, whipped topping mix, 3/4 cup orange juice, eggs, and 2 tablespoons orange zest in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until mixture is moist, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then increase speed to medium and continue beating until well blended, about 2 minutes more. Fill the prepared cupcake cups about 2/3 full of batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

  • To make cream topping: Beat the marshmallow creme, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, and 1/2 cup shortening in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Top each cooled cupcake with a 1/2-inch thick layer of the cream topping, using a knife to spread the the topping flat. Allow about 1/2 inch of the orange cupcake to show below the white layer.

  • To make orange butter cream: Beat 1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 cup shortening together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in 1/4 cup orange juice, zest of 1 orange, vanilla extract, and food coloring until well combined. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until smooth.

  • Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip, and pipe a decorative layer of orange butter cream, ending in a peak, over the cream topping on the cupcakes.

Cook's Note:

You could add a little vanilla extract (1/4 teaspoon) to the cream topping to up the vanilla taste.

Nutrition Facts

410.8 calories; 2 g protein; 53.5 g carbohydrates; 46.5 mg cholesterol; 278.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2011
Yummy! Wow these are really good. I made no changes to the recipe. Creamsicles are my favorite popsicle so I was really excited about this cupcake. And they came out great. Lovely orange flavor. My hubby who is usually a one sweet kind of guy ate 3 while I was still frosting them. They kept disappearing. Easy to put together and they came out really pretty. I'll definitely be making these again. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/27/2012
While I like the idea of the cupcake flavors the result is far too processed-tasting. Perhaps taking the idea and converting to ingredients that are less chemical/pre-made will be the next step. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 3
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  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 2 stars
04/27/2012
While I like the idea of the cupcake flavors the result is far too processed-tasting. Perhaps taking the idea and converting to ingredients that are less chemical/pre-made will be the next step. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2011
Yummy! Wow these are really good. I made no changes to the recipe. Creamsicles are my favorite popsicle so I was really excited about this cupcake. And they came out great. Lovely orange flavor. My hubby who is usually a one sweet kind of guy ate 3 while I was still frosting them. They kept disappearing. Easy to put together and they came out really pretty. I'll definitely be making these again. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2012
Orange Dreamsicle Dream Whip Miracle Whip=My Boyfriend In Love. I made these for my boyfriend's birthday and almost everyone loved them. A few of us including myself thought the orange flavor was a little to pronounced which really took away from the cream filling. (I filled the cupcakes with the marshmallow cream mixture) I would make these again but will probably skip the orange zest in the cupcake itself since it is already orange flavored. Thank you for this recipe:O) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2012
Wonderful recipe. I like a few others didn't have access or on hand orange cake mix. So I had to do a little doctoring..not much but it worked. I asked the submitter about the difference if using mayo verses Miracle Whip before executing the recipe and was told it shouldn't make a difference. SO I proceeded. Everything came together nicely and the marshmallow creme frosting was very nice and light which gave a nice contrast to the orange flavored that topped it. I will make again My kids just loved them. TY TY TY it's delish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2012
These were fantastic! Also used the vanilla cakemix and added 2tsps of orange extract...I should have added 1tsp more I think...next time for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2012
This is the best cupcake I ever had!!!! I love anything orange:):)I rolled out some candy orange slices and cut them with small cookie cutters to make flowers. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2012
I reviewed this a few days ago but the review disappeared via an AR glitch. So here's a new review. I made the frosting only from this recipe. I added two teaspoons of orange extract to it. The orange flavor was very good and the frosting piped well. I used the frosting on Marianne's Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes and it was a perfect vanilla creamscicle kind of flavor. Thank you MrsFisher0729 for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2012
These are amazing!! I wasn't able to get orange cake mix so I used french vanilla with orange extract. Wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2012
Oh my gosh - DELICIOUS! I love orange anything and these cupcakes ranked right at the top of my favorite orange tasting foods. I made these into mini's and the recipe made 98 cupcakes. I had cupcakes for the neighbors 3 friends and their families co-workers at school my own family and I froze 2 dozen of them. The frozen cupcakes with frosting thawed very nice and competely held their shape. The filling and frosting are such a wonderful topping for the cupcake. Thanks Mrs.Fisher0729 for sharing this recipe! Read More
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