Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love a frozen treat in the summertime.  One of my childhood favorites is the orange creamsicle.  So, when Valentina of The Baking Fairy put a call out to bloggers to celebrate Cupcakes for Cupcake Lover’s Day I decided to create an orange creamsicle cupcake! 

A close second choice, especially this time of year, are these Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes, since strawberry season is here!

Below you will find my orange creamsicle cupcake recipe plus 38 other yummy cupcake recipes!

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Since my youngest daughter bought her own little home in a nearby community, she was excited to tell me they have an old fashioned ice cream truck come through her neighborhood on the weekends! I was immediately brought back to my youth when all the kids would run home to grab some change when we heard the first ding ding of the ice cream truck bells! 

orange creamsicle cupcakes

Nothing was better in the summertime then the frozen orange juicy coating combined with the creamy vanilla ice cream.  Those were the days.  I am aging myself, but if I recall correctly they only cost about 25 cents back then!

Orange creamsicle cupcakes

These cupcakes were so easy to make.  While I love to bake from scratch, I also like to use a simple boxed cake mix and fancy it up to my liking.  That is exactly what I did with these orange creamsicle cupcakes. And, no-one was the wiser!

Orange Creamsicle cupcakes

I stuffed the cupcakes with an orange mascarpone cream filling that, combined with the french vanilla cake mix gives these that delicious creamsicle flavor that I remember from summers gone by.

orange creamsicle cupcakes

A swirl of orange and vanilla buttercream frosting is the perfect compliment to the cupcake itself!  Swirling two colors of frosting is so easy.  Simply fill a large frosting bag with vanilla frosting on one side and orange on the other!

To make these Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes you will need:

  • white paper cupcake liners
  • Wilton 230 tip for filling cupcakes
  • Wilton 1M to swirl icing (this set is a great starter set of tips)
  • Piping bags
  • Decorative cupcake cups (optional)
orange creamsicle cupcakes

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A vanilla cupcake filled with orange mascarpone cream and topped with a swirl of orange and vanilla frosting! The perfect summer time treat!


  • 1 French Vanilla Cake Mix (plus ingredients to prepare)
  • For the filling:
  • 1/2 pound mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure orange extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • For the frosting:
  • 7-8 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure orange extract


  1. Prepare cake mix as per directions and divide among 18 cupcake tins lined with white paper cupcake liners. Bake for 15-17 mintues. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  2. To prepare filling, combine mascarpone, confectioners sugar, orange juice, and orange extract. Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form and gently fold into the mascarpone mixture.
  3. To prepare frosting, in the bowl of electric mixer combine butter, 4 cups confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Whip for 3 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Continue adding confectioners sugar one cup at a time, mixing 2 minutes between additions, until it has reached desired consistency. Remove half the frosting and set aside. To remaining frosting add 1 teaspoon orange extract and enough orange paste food coloring to create a soft orange color.
  4. To assemble, use a Wilton # 230 filling tip fitted in a piping bag, fill bag with mascarpone filling and fill each cupcake. Using a second large piping bag fitted with an 1M Wilton tip, carefully fill one half with vanilla frosting and the other half with orange frosting. Swirl frosting on each cupcake.


For an extra special touch, place each prepared cupcake into a decorative cupcake cup.

P I N   I T !

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

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  1. I am a mean mom and never let my son buy from the ice cream truck. They are definitely not 25 cents in my neighborhood, ha ha! But I do love some creamsicles and these cupcakes sound dreamy.

    1. It was such a rare occurrence in our neighbourhood, I think that is what made it so fun! And, they definitely aren’t 25 cents around here anymore either!!