orange dreamsicle cupcakes

March 29, 2014 § 8 Comments

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So it’s finally hitting me that senior year is winding down to a close and I have no idea how to feel about it. I’ve been getting these random waves of realization all weekend that we are nearing the end of our K-12 education and moving towards the Great Beyond and honestly it’s mind-boggling/terrifying/wonderful all at once.

I’ve had these cupcake pictures on my phone since my brother’s birthday, but in the wake of all the college decision madness I couldn’t bring myself to write about them. What did I learn through this whole crazy process? Things don’t always work out the way you imagine them to, but many times it’s for the best and you just need to keep plowing on through and making the best of the opportunities provided to you. Cliché to the max but I think I’m entitled just this once.

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Anyways, here are some sunny, citrus-y cupcakes to bring back some springtime cheer. My brother has been obsessed with oranges for as long as anyone can remember, and so of course orange cupcakes were in order for his sixteenth (!) birthday.

The cake part is dense and subtle, which pairs perfectly with a light and fluffy Cool-Whip/orange buttercream swirl. Sometimes I make good decisions, and using Cool-Whip was one of them. So light! So fluffy! My family devoured the whole batch in two days. Excuse the poor frosting skills, it was an off day for frosting.

Here’s to exciting first steps.


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Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes

Cake recipe from here

for the frosting:
(adapted from Dulcedo)

1 cup butter, room temperature
6-8 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1/4 cup orange juice (preferably fresh)
orange food coloring
1 package Cool-Whip frosting (thawed)


In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter at medium-high speed until creamy. Add half of the sifted sugar, the vanilla, the orange extract, and the orange juice. Beat until combined. Gradually add the remaining sugar until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. Add orange food coloring until you are satisfied with the color.

In a decorating bag, add alternating spoonfuls of orange frosting and thawed Cool-Whip frosting, keeping the colors on separate sides of the bag. This will produce the swirled effect when you pipe it onto your cupcakes. Wait until cupcakes are completely cool before decorating.


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