orange creamsicle cupcakes...and a winner!

I've been exploring new cupcake flavors for my Cupcake Academy menu and I came up with these fun Orange Creamsicle cupcakes. My son gave me a hand with the mixing and baking. Such a great little baker! ;)

These cupcakes are made with a basic vanilla cake recipe with orange soda and grated orange zest added into the mix. I also added a few drops of orange food coloring. The orange flavor is fairly mild. I think next time I will also add orange extract for a bolder orange flavor. I used a creamy vanilla frosting to top these off. I think these gingham liners are too much fun, don't you?!

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
by theUngourmet

Makes 12-14 cupcakes

Print recipe

Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin pan with paper liners.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup baker's sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange extract
1 tbsp grated orange zest
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup
1/2 cup orange soda

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and orange zest. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and soda in three additions. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.

Evenly fill lined cups with batter. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Creamy Vanilla Frosting
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1/2 cup unsalted, room temperature butter
2 tsp clear vanilla extract
2 tbsp half and half or cream

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar and butter. Add the vanilla and cream and mix until creamy. Add more sugar or cream as needed.

After adding up all of the blog and fb followers and running the trusty Random Generator..... Annette is the lucky winner! Yay! I can't wait to get your goodies out to you. Email me your info and I'll mail it out asap.

There are more chances to win coming up soon. Stay tuned for a fun and springy Chico Bag giveaway! ;)

Have a terrific weekend!



Ana Rita said...

What a yummy treat...This cupcakes are lovely, and i bet the helper ate a lot of them...


My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your cupcakes are darling. Congratulations Annette and happy Valentine's day.

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Mmmm, orange creamsicle cupcakes...how could you go wrong with that!! Yum!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Yes, I think those gingham liners are perfect with the orange creamsicle cupcakes!! Sounds yummy!

Cathy said...

Congrats to Annette, the lucky girl. Orange and vanilla are delicious together. That was my favorite ice cream treat when I was a child and I still love it. The gingham liners are perfect.

Jeannie said...

Love the look and the flavour of this cupcake! Great to have someone helping huh...even if it's just with the eating part I wouldn't mind:D Happy Valentine to you Kim:)

bellini valli said...

These remind me of summer and the Creamsicles my dad always bought me off of the ice cream truck.How we loved to hear the music on the truck on a Friday night.

teresa said...

i just love the flavor of creamsicle, i bet they're wonderful in a cupcake! have a wonderful weekend!

Chef E said...

My favorite flavor of many things...wish I had one...congrats to the winner!

Happy Valentines Day!

jacqueline said...

So happy to be back here visiting after my chinese new year!! These cupcakes look soo yummie and looking at them makes me happy! Congratz to the lucky winner. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

nanny said...

Going on my list of cupcakes to make soon!!!!! I Love Orange Creamsicle!!!!

Faith said...

What a great flavor for cupcakes! And I really love your adorable liners, Kim! A huge congrats to the lucky winner!

Piper Jacquelyn said...

The liners & the sprinkles are so sweet! I would love to eat one of these guys right now - sigh! Happy Valentine's Day!

Joanne said...

Creamsicles used to be my favorite summertime treat but I'm sure I'd love them even more in cupcake form! these are so cute in those liners!

Jhonny walker said...

cupcakes are as gourmetly ungourmet you can get :) I have missed you my dear. Good to see you back with tose yummilicious cuppys :)

Claudia said...

You may be bordering on gourmet here...I love the orange creamsicle taste in everything. Sweet citrus change from the "weekend of chocolate." Congrats to Anette.

peachkins said...

love the cupcake flavor and congrats to the winner!

Magic of Spice said...

These are so adorable and I love the flavor :)

Chow and Chatter said...

you always make the best cakes yum

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

YUM. I love anything that incorporates a fruit flavor but I am especially in love with citrus notes lately. And yes I love the liners! I can't remember what photo album of yours I was going through and saw those and thought they were darling!

Congrats to Annette!

Gloria said...

Your caes look absolutely yummy!!! gloria

Monet said...

I'm sure your son had so much fun making and eating these! I know I would have been in heaven. I loved creamsicles growing up...these would be a bit of sweet nostalgia for me! Thank you for sharing, sweet girl!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Yum! I love creamsicle...in cupcake form it must be even better :)

Stella said...

Hey Kim! Ooh, your cupcakes look really delicious. I'm so hungry right now, and probably shouldn't be looking at them;-) Oh, and I do think the little cups are too cute. I need to get some cup cake liners, as I always want to make them and don't have any.
p.s. Congrats to Anette!
p.s.s. I'm hosting a CSN giveaway in case you want to come by and enter, Lady (smile).

Tapping World Summit 2011 said...

That cupcake looks divine and delightful!

Rawai Guesthouse said...

Wow! Great looking cupcakes! Sure looks good and yummy!

Angie's Recipes said...

Congratulations Annette!
Your cupcakes would make a great prize too!

Anonymous said...

The cupcakes look so pretty and sound sooo good! :)

Kristin said...

Those are going in my MUST bake soon list. Yummy!

Reeni said...

I love the idea of a creamsicle cupcake Kim! And your liners are very cute!

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