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Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Cakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Barbara Schieving


  • 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • cup orange soda
  • orange food coloring optional
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time. Add orange soda and food coloring if using; mix just until blended on low speed.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix just until blended.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and the cupcake springs back when touched. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack completely before frosting.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat cream cheese, butter, zest, and orange juice until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Add additional powdered sugar or orange juice if necessary.