Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

written by Julie Cohn
Remember those creamsicle ice cream pops that you savored as a kid?  These orange creamsicle cupcakes are exactly the same thing but in cupcake form.  Light and airy, with a fresh orange taste and a rich creamy orange cream cheese frosting.  Scrumptious!
 

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

  • 1 c. Sugar
  • ½ c. Butter, unsalted, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Orange Juice
  • 1 c. Mandarin Oranges, thoroughly drained
  • 1 ½ c. Cake Flour
  • 1 ¾ tsp. Baking Powder
  • ½ c. Milk

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Beat together the sugar and butter, using a stand or hand mixer, until soft and creamy.   Add the eggs and orange juice, and beat for a minute more. Add the mandarin oranges, and beat until they are broken up and blended into the butter mix.  Slowly add the cake flour and baking soda, beating for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture is no longer dry.  Add the milk, and blend until well-mixed.  Spoon the cake dough into muffin pans filled with cupcake liners. Bake in the oven for 25-28 minutes, until golden.  Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the middle of a cupcake.  If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done.  Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.  

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 (8 oz) Packages of Cream Cheese, softened
  • ½ c. Butter, unsalted, softened
  • 2 ½ c. Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Orange Juice
  • ¼ c. Mandarin Oranges
Beat the cream cheese and butter together, using a stand or hand mixer, until creamy. Add the orange juice and mandarin oranges, and blend until mixed.  Slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar, until well-blended.  Make sure to push down the confectioner’s sugar that accumulates on the side of the bowl.  Place the bowl of frosting in the refrigerator until ready to ice the cupcakes. When frosting the cupcakes, use a generous amount of cream cheese frosting.  If you have any mandarin oranges remaining, you can top each cupcake with an orange for decoration.
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