You know, I’m not sure that I’ve ever had an Orange Creamsicle. My husband says that he hated them, well, still hates them, but the concept sounded delicious to me. Orange? Yum. Cream. Duh, yum. So, why would these not taste good?
As a kid, I think I was more lured by the *fun* looking ice cream goodies out of the ice cream truck. You know, like the ice cream in the shape of a foot with the bubblegum toe? Why on EARTH did that ever sound like something I should eat? As an adult, it sounds horrifying. But, those were always my favorite ice cream treat.
Never had the orange creamsicle.
But, that didn’t stop me from wanting to try this recipe out. I am not quite sure where the original version of this recipe originated from, but it’s rather simple. 3 ingredients for the cake.
The recipe that I saw didn’t include a frosting, so I thought a nice orange-flavored whipped cream would do the trick. I mean, what’s creamier than whipped cream?
So, I tried it today and they look darling. While they’re not bad cupcakes, they’re just not one of my favorites. But, if you like orange and cream together, you will definitely like these.
Oh, and there’s one big thing that these cupcakes have going for them: relatively healthy
Most of the cupcakes I bake are truly treats and one should NEVER attempt to see how many calories are in them.
But, these? I used Trop 50 for the OJ and fat free greek yogurt. So, low fat and low cal. I guess you could also substitute a lite whipped topping (like Cool Whip) if you want to make them healthier yet.
Well, here ya go..super easy recipe!
1 Box White Cake Mix
1 c. Orange Juice
6 oz. Fat Free Greek Yogurt
Zest of one Orange (optional)
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tins with 15-18 cupcake liners
2) In the bowl of your standup mixer, mix together all ingredients on low until combined
3) Kick the speed up to medium-high and mix for 2 minutes
4) Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake from 18-20 minutes. Your cake tester should come out clean
5) Remove from muffin tins and cool completely before frosting
Orange Whipped Cream
1 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
1 T. Baker’s Sugar (yes, I prefer this to granulated for whipped creams)
1/2 tsp. Orange Extract
1) In the bowl of your standup mixer, with the whisk attachment affixed, mix the whipping cream until it starts to thicken
2) Add sugar and orange extract and continue mixing until you get stiff peaks…usually about a minute on medium-high or high-speed
3) Fill your piping bag with the whipped cream and frost to you heart’s content.
Super SUPER easy, right??