Light and Nostalgic: Creamsicle Cupcakes

Light and Nostalgic: Creamsicle Cupcakes

Yesterday was both Easter and the birthday of our dear neighbor Keri (Sarge’s mom), so of course it was time for me to make a dessert. Keri isn’t a huge chocolate or sweets fiend like most folks I know so, rather than my basic fudge cupcakes, we decided to make a light citrus-y cupcake based on one of her childhood favorites for her special day!

The stereotypical Creamsicle is delicious, but very artificially flavored so it needed a whole new re-imagining. I stuck with wholesome ingredients like fresh OJ and all-natural orange extract for the base, with a hint of orange cream extract from the fancy cake store. Staying true to the original frozen filling, I went with a truly creamy frosting to offset the tang of the citrus. The resulting cupcake was full of light, natural citrus flavor, topped with a sunny-tasting cream cheese frosting studded with orange zest. Keri loved them and I had one marriage proposal from a friend at our Easter lunch, so I believe they turned out pretty well!

If you need a hint of the summer to come or a break from heavy desserts, definitely try these awesome Creamsicle Cupcakes!

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Creamsicle Cupcakes

Creamsicle Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ Tablespoons orange zest
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1½ teaspoons orange cream extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 2 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine orange juice, heavy cream, orange extract, and vanilla extract.
  3. In mixer bowl, cream butter, sugar and orange zest until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.Beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully combined.
  4. Alternate adding the flour mixture and juice mixture into mixer, starting and ending with the flour. Beat until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into cupcake liners and bake 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

Orange-Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick) (very soft)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (approx.)
  • ½ teaspoon orange cream extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  1. Combine butter, cream cheese and a pinch of salt in mixer bowl. Beat on medium-high until well-combined and fluffy.
  2. Pour in the extracts and zest while beating, then turn mixer to low and add powdered sugar gradually. When you reach the desired taste and consistency, beat on medium-high to make really fluffy.

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(Note: If you don’t have orange-cream extract, substitute in vanilla extract instead.)

Click here to download a PDF of this recipe!

Based on a recipe from On Sugar Mountain

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One thought on “Light and Nostalgic: Creamsicle Cupcakes

  1. Your Beepa likes Dreamsicles so this would be a good cupcake for him if ever you are making him cupcakes. Sounds yummy!

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