Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

by Erin

I wish all lotions, soaps, etc came in bottles that did not use pumps or wands. Why? Because they NEVER reach all the way to the bottom, forcing you to either throw away several uses of perfectly good product, or feel like a penny-pincher for trying to scrape out every last bit. I fall into the latter category and I am not ashamed. I bought the stuff and you better believe I am going to use every last drop that I can get. People say that when I am no longer living on a grad student stipend, my time and effort won’t be worth it anymore but I disagree. It’s less about the money and more about the fact that I don’t like to waste things. This is true of food items as well, as I am constantly finding ways to use up leftover ingredients from a recipe that did not use it all. I call it resourceful.

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Anyway, that rant has little to do with these cupcakes although the heavy cream I used for the frosting was leftover from all my ice cream adventures last week. I made these cupcakes for Beth’s non-baby shower themed lunch (she’s not into the whole baby shower/gift opening thing even though she’s about to pop). When I asked what flavor cupcakes she was craving she said orange or something tropical, but nothing fancy. Well you know I can’t make a cupcake and not make it a least a little special, so I made orange creamsicle cupcakes with a swirl of two different frostings on top: orange and vanilla buttercreams. And in case the flavor wasn’t obvious enough I topped them off with orange gummies.

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One year ago: Mango Frozen Greek Yogurt


Makes 12 cupcakes



1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp orange extract

Orange gel food coloring (optional)

1/2 orange, zested and juiced

2/3 cup milk


1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp orange extract

2 Tbsp orange juice (I used the other half orange)

Orange gel food coloring


1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Pinch salt

1 Tbsp heavy cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and butter with an electric mixer until well combined. Add egg and beat until just combined. Mix in the extracts, orange zest and juice. Alternately beat in flour mixture and milk, making three additions of the flour mixture and two of the milk, beating until smooth. Blend in food coloring, if using.
  4. Scoop batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Place pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from the pan and allow to cool completely on rack while preparing the frostings.
  5. For the orange buttercream: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, both extracts and orange juice and mix on low speed to combine, then increase to medium speed and beat until light and fluffy. Add orange food coloring to frosting until it reaches desired color.
  6. For the vanilla buttercream: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip butter on until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, salt, heavy cream and vanilla extract and mix on low speed to combine, then increase to medium speed and beat until very light and fluffy.
  7. Prepare a large piping bag with your favorite large tip. Place in a tall glass and fold bag over the glass. Using a long teaspoon fill the piping bag with the frosting, trying to keep the colors on separate sides of the bag*. Pipe onto cupcakes in a swirl pattern. Top with oranges gummy candies if desired.

*Alternately, line up each frosting next to each other on a large piece of plastic wrap. Roll up and twist like a sausage, insert into piping bag and pull excess plastic wrap through the end of the piping tip. Snip off excess plastic wrap.

Source: Cupcakes adapted from 150 Best Cupcake Recipes. Orange buttercream adapted slightly from I Wanna Be A Foodie. Vanilla buttercream adapted slightly from Cooking Classy.


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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 28, 2013 - 8:42 pm

OMG yes. That is a total pet peeve of mine too!!! Love these cupcakes, I can almost taste them!

Elizabeth @ August 22, 2013 - 1:19 am

I’m always on the lookout for ways to use up misc ingredients too! Of course, when I do that I end up using way more butter/cream/chocolate/other expensive ingredients than I would have otherwise…but at least there’s something good to show for it! These orange-topped cupcake are adorable.

carrian August 21, 2013 - 8:53 am

those are seriously darling!

Vicki @ WITK August 20, 2013 - 9:14 pm

I’m the same :) I’ll cut off the bottom of a squeeze tube to get the last out of those things too! Your pics have me wanting orange fruit slice now. Those are the best.

Carla August 20, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Ha I have a pretty decent salary, and I still hate wasting money. Whether it’s soap, body wash, or shampoo, I usually add water to use up the last bit in the bottle. Anyway, love orange creamsicles! And cupcakes.

Susan August 20, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Erin, you are not alone. I am the same way, and I’ve been gone from graduate school for 33 years. I just don’t like to waste stuff I’ve paid for. That’s probably a legacy from my mother who came of age during the Great Depression, but I think it’s a good legacy, and I’m glad that there are others who hate waste.

Ali August 20, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Adorable, love it :)

Zainab August 20, 2013 - 11:02 am

These are beautiful!! Love the two tone frosting technique. Must try!!

Devon | the food bitch blog August 20, 2013 - 8:30 am

Those little orange wedge candies are like crack, so I can only imagine how freakin’ good these cupcakes are!

Tracey August 20, 2013 - 7:50 am

Haha, I’m the same way, I hate waste! But I’m also the cheapest person ever – I guess sometimes they go hand in hand.

Orange creamsicles are one of the best things ever, especially when you find a way to turn them into cupcakes!


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