Sunday, July 22, 2012

Creamsicle Cupcakes

Perfect for summer.

I have had the idea to make these cupcakes for ages and I am so glad I finally got a chance to make them.  When I was pretty young my family and I lived in California.  I was pretty young when we moved away so I don't have too many memories, but I do remember that the ice cream truck used to come through our neighborhood (big shock that one of my early memories is about dessert).  My brother, sister, and I was get so excited when we heard the familiar tune of the ice cream truck coming down the street.  I would always get either a Creamsicle or Strawberry Shortcake.  If I remember correctly, my sister was a big fan of the Drumstick, but I really can't remember what my brother would get.  I still love the familiar flavor combination of vanilla and orange paired perfectly together and this cupcakes tastes exactly like the Creamsicle Ice Cream pop I would get as a kid.  I think it is a perfect summer cupcake.

Creamsisle Cupcakes
recipe from Baked Perfection

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
4 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
zest of two oranges 
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cups sour cream

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla bean paste and orange zest; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Recipe makes approximately  14 cupcakes.

Creamsisle Frosting
recipe from Baked Perfection

(note: this is a recipe for half vanilla and half Creamsicle frosting)

1 stick of butter, softened
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar, divided
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2 -4 tablespoons milk
zest of 1 orange
juice of half an orange
orange food coloring

In a mixing bowl beat butter and vanilla until creamy, add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined, until you have added 3 cups of powdered sugar. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.  At this point, take slightly more than half the frosting out of the of the bowl and set aside.

Add the orange zest, orange juice, and orange food coloring to the frosting left in the mixing bowl.  Add additional 1/2 - 3/4 cup powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency.

To pipe as pictured, place vanilla frosting and orange frosting in separate piping bags.  Place the two piping bags filled with frosting into a larger piping bag.  Squeeze gently until both frostings are piping at once.


  1. These are super cute! I would always get a creamsicle cone when I was a kid!

  2. How cute are these, we eat creamsicles all the time but this would be such a yummy-different way to enjoy them.

  3. If using vanilla extract, do you use the same amount of teaspoons as you would with the paste?

  4. To the last comment, if you use vanilla extract use the same measurements.


  5. I just made these gluten free and they came out super good! I also only made the orange part of the frosting because I didn't have enough powdered sugar. But they are delicious anyway! Thanks so much for the recipe!