Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

When the children wanted a bake sale at our yard sale last week, I knew which cupcake recipe I wanted to try first.  Orange Creamsicle cupcakes.   They really do taste like orange creamsicles and they’re simply delicious.

The recipe is a Better Homes and Gardens recipe that I found here .

Want to make some?  (Trust me, you do.)  Here goes:


1 white cake mix 1 small box (3 oz) orange flavored gelatin 1 small box (3 oz) cheesecake pudding mix 1 1/4 cups orange juice 4 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 tsp. vanilla ** Set aside 2 teaspoons orange gelatin to save for the frosting. **
In a bowl, mix together cake mix, orange gelatin (minus the 2 tsp.), and cheesecake pudding mix.   Add orange juice, eggs, vanilla and oil.  Mix until combined.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners in pan.  (This recipe made 2 dozen regular sized cupcakes plus a dozen mini cupcakes.)  Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until done.  Cool completely.


8 oz. cream cheese 1/2 cup butter 2 tsp. reserved orange gelatin 1 tsp. orange zest 2 tsp. vanilla 5 – 6 cups powdered sugar orange food coloring (if desired; I didn’t use any.)

Soften cream cheese and butter at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.  In a large bowl beat together butter, cream cheese, orange gelatin, orange zest and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until you reach desired consistency.  Decorate cupcakes.

These cupcakes were a huge hit.  We had one couple buy one, get in their car to drive away, then turn off the engine and come back to buy a dozen.  We will certainly be making them again soon.

This little one liked them, too:

She makes me laugh.


Inspired by: Blue & White (and pink)

What would life be like without color?  I must be craving spring, because I’ve been running for my camera all week long!

These are the things I’ve been drawn to:

blue and white hydrangeas

white chair with quilts

heart hands holding pink candles

blue and white french knots flower

blue frosted cupcake

pink gumball machine

white hydrangea

cupcake with candle

white hydrangea

pink candles

What colors have been calling your name lately?

I’m linking this post to Melissa’s Inspired Room .  Check out what others are inspired by and add your own!
Have a great day!

Hopeful Homemaker

Vintage Cake Holder

February usually marks the first time each year when I get out my vintage cake holder.  I found it several years ago at an antique mall.

pink roses vintage cake holder

Made of metal, it is painted a yummy pink and has a rose decal on it.  The handle, amazingly,  is wood.  The little lever for releasing and securing the lid still works, and except for a dent, it is in perfect condition!

vintage cake holder with cupcakes

It’s the perfect thing for holding pink cupcakes….

heart cupcake

And wishing you a great day!


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