Lady Behind The Curtain - Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

These take me back to when I was young and would get a 50/50 bar from the ice cream man (truck).   I think they’re called dream cycles now.   If you like the tastes of these ice cream bars then I’m sure you are going to LOVE these cupcakes.   They tastes exactly like the real thing.

Orange Cream Pop Cupcake Recipes


1- 3-ounce package orange-flavored gelatin (reserve 2 teaspoons for frosting)

1- 2-layer size package white cake mix

1- 4-serving-size package cheesecake instant pudding and pie filling mix

1-1/4 cups orange juice

4 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 recipe Cream Pop Frosting

wooden craft sticks


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line twenty-seven muffin cups with paper bake cups.  Set aside 2 teaspoons of the gelatin for the cream pop frosting.  In a mixing bowl beat the remaining gelatin, the cake mix, pudding mix, orange juice, eggs, oil, and vanilla.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.  Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes.  Remove cupcakes from muffin cups.  Cool completely on wire racks.

Spoon Orange-flavor Cream Pop Frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip.  Spoon the vanilla-flavor Cream Pop Frosting into another pastry bag fitted with a small star tip.  Pipe orange frosting onto each cupcake to cover the top.  Pipe a medium-size star of white frosting onto each cupcake.  If desired, insert a craft stick into top of each cupcake.   Make 27

Cream Pop Frosting Recipe


1- 8-ounce package cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

2-1/4  teaspoons vanilla (separated)

5-1/2 to 6 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons orange gelatin (reserved from cupcakes)

1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

few drops of orange food coloring (optional)


Allow cream cheese and butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.  In a large mixing bowl beat butter, cream cheese, and  2 teaspoons vanilla until light and fluffy.  Gradually beat in powdered sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency.  Place one-fourth of the frosting in a separate bowl; beat in an additional 1/4 teaspoon vanilla.  To the remaining bowl of Cream Cheese Frosting add the reserved 2 teaspoons orange gelatin from the cupcakes and 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel.  If desired, add a few drops orange food coloring.  Beat to combine.  This recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Cupcakes Edition 2011.

Lady Behind The Curtain - Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

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Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes — 25 Comments

  1. These look fantastic! I love that you used a cream cheese frosting. They look so delicious.

    If you’d like, I wanted to invite you to share your best recipes over at my new party, Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands. I’m going to be featuring my favorite submissions during the week and I’d love it if you’d join in the fun. :O)

  2. Finally found you!! I so appreciated your leaving a comment for me to join in your Cast Party Wed memes, however, there was no mention of your blog in the email or an email addy. I’ve looked & looked for you! Might want to change one of those for future emails. 🙂

    These cupcakes look divine!

    Again, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by ~

  3. I want to make these right now! They look and sound fabulous! Thanks so much for linking them up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday! Have a great week and hope to see you again soon.

  4. This look absolutely delicious! I am so excited to try them! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. Your pictures look amazing! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I’d love to have you! Check it out under the “Stache Party” page on my blog:

  5. I am drooling over these. I love orange creamsicle. Bookmarking this!

    I host a weekly foodie meme called Friday Food Fight. I would love for you to link up and share your cupcake recipe. Hope to see you in the ring! 🙂

  6. I made these and I don’t know what I did wrong! It was like there was some liquid missing as the cake was very dense & uncake-like!! I was thinking maybe you need to make the jello and/or the pudding before you add it to the mix???? would love to try again but am afraid to waste time & money 🙁

    • Hi Brenda,
      No, I double checked the recipe and It’s right. I didn’t have any problem at all. Did you remember to set aside 2 teaspoons of the gelatin? Please try again. These were REALLY good cupcakes! 🙂

  7. Hi Sheryl,
    These look yummy! Can I make a cake from this recipe instead of cupcakes? If so are there any adjustments? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Tina, Thanks, they are really good! Yes, you can make a cake out of the cupcake recipe. Not sure how you’re going to do the two frosting’s but I’m you’ll figure something out. 🙂

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