Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Hello there!

Today is a special day at our house…My middle son is turning the Big 6!  So big, right…  The years really have flown by.  So much quicker than I ever expected.  Over the weekend, we had a Pool Party and celebrated with friends and family.  The kids swam, played kickball, dug in the dirt pit and had a blast…One thing I’ve learned over the years of living with boys is that they are way more impressed by the food at a party than the decorations.

These Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes were a big hit! Beachy Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes- perfect for a Pool Party!15- OneKriegerChick

And so easy to put together!

My sweet friend, blogger, and fellow Link Party Co-hostess, Katie from Made to be a Momma, just published her first book and I was lucky enough to review a copy.  Yay!  So many cute ideas!  I can’t wait to try them all… KidsTreatsHighResCover  As though I needed one more reason to make treats!  My boys looked through the cookbook with me and picked their favorite treats to make.  Oliver loves the color orange, so naturally he chose the Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes…perfect for his upcoming birthday pool party.

I followed Katie’s directions for the cupcakes and homemade frosting…Both have a secret ingredient!  Can you guess what adds the orange flavoring?
Beachy Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes- perfect for a Pool Party!-1- OneKriegerChick

 If you guessed Orange soda in the cupcake batter and Orange gelatin in the frosting…You are right!  Not too sweet, but definitely an orange flavor.  I may have tasted a couple before the party…

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For the embellishments:  I baked the cupcakes in a light colored cupcake liner, then set them in colorful liners for display.  Why? The pretty cupcake liners bake into the cupcake and you can no longer see the vivid images.  

Then, I stuck an umbrella in some cupcakes…and a little Swedish fish candy… Beachy Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes- perfect for a Pool Party!-4- OneKriegerChick

A few others received the Orange Soda treatment…an orange flavored lifesaver with a paper straw stuck in the middle.  I cut each straw into thirds and they fit perfectly into the middle of the lifesaver.  So cute…until the kids try to drink the cupcakes.  It happened…and I laughed.  Kids are so funny! Beachy Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes- perfect for a Pool Party!-5- OneKriegerChick

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
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A lightly sweetened orange cupcake with orange cream cheese frosting- like Orange sherbet in cake form...Yum!
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Cupcakes
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  4. 4 Tbsp. Orange Gelatin powder (I used Sugar Free)
  5. 1/4 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  7. 1 cup white granulated sugar
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 1 (8oz) can Orange Soda
  10. 3/4 cup milk
  11. 2 tsp. pure orange extract
  12. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Frosting
  1. 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  2. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  3. 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 2 Tbsp orange gelatin powder
For Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, orange gelatin powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter,sugar, and eggs.
  4. Slowly add orange soda, milk, and extracts to creamed mixture.
  5. Mix until combined.
  6. Pour mixture 3/4 full into paper lined muffin tins. I use my Pampered Chef large scoop.
  7. Bake 20-22 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.
  8. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.
For Frosting
  1. In a medium size bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and orange gelatin powder.
  2. Spread onto cupcakes with a flat edge spreader.
  3. Add embellishments.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. 1 (4 oz.) Sugar-free Orange gelatin yields 1 Tbsp. powder. I used generic brand.
  2. I doubled both recipes to make a batch large enough for a party.
  3. I added 1 tsp pure orange extract to the frosting.
  4. See Katie's cookbook 'Kids' Treats' for more cute ideas with cupcakes!
Adapted from Kids' Treats
Adapted from Kids' Treats
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Perfectly cute…Perfectly simple…Perfectly yummy! Beachy Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes- perfect for a Pool Party!-13- OneKriegerChick If you love creative treats for you kiddos or cooking with your kids in the kitchen, you’ll definitely want to check out this book.  Katie has made it so user friendly and has such cute ideas that anyone could create.  It’s available at AMAZON and Barnes and Nobles …Perfect for a birthday gift, Christmas gift, or a little something for you!  It’s worth the sweet splurge!

Enjoy the week!

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