Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes 

Step into a delicious throwback to sunny days with Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes, where the tangy zest of orange meets the sweet creaminess of classic desserts. Perfect for any gathering, these cupcakes encapsulate the nostalgic flavors of summer in every bite.


For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3.5 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp thick yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla or orange extract
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
For the Orange Buttercream Frosting:
  • 2.5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup soft unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 drops orange food coloring
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp vanilla or orange extract


  1. Preparation:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. Make the Cupcake Batter:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    • In a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth. Add sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
    • Mix in the yogurt or sour cream. Gradually add the egg whites while continuing to beat the mixture.
    • Alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk/orange juice mixture to the wet ingredients, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
    • Gently fold in the vanilla or orange extract and orange zest.
  3. Bake:
    • Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
    • Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Prepare the Frosting:
    • In a mixing bowl, whip the butter until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, then orange juice, food coloring, and extract, mixing until smooth.
  5. Decorate:
    • Frost the cooled cupcakes and garnish with a small piece of orange zest or a slice of orange for an extra touch of flair.


  • Yogurt in Batter: Using yogurt, especially in cooler climates, helps to ensure the batter remains smooth and fluffy.
  • Enhanced Fluffiness: Substitute a small portion of the flour with cornstarch to achieve a lighter cupcake texture.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Opt for freshly squeezed orange juice for a more vibrant flavor compared to store-bought varieties.


  • Room Temperature Storage: Store the cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • Refrigerated Storage: Keep them refrigerated for up to 5 days.
  • Make Ahead: Bake the cupcakes a day in advance and store them unfrosted. Frost them just before serving to keep them fresh.


Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes are a perfect blend of bright citrus and creamy sweetness, capturing the essence of summer in a delightful dessert form. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, a family reunion, or just a sweet indulgence at home, these cupcakes are sure to bring joy and nostalgia to your table. Enjoy baking and sharing these delightful treats!

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