orange creamsicle cupcakes

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, Dessert, recipes, Vegan

As of this weekend, we have only one house! We are all moved out of the old place, and can relax a little bit. Then I start unpacking here…

In the short time we have been in our new house, we have met a few of the neighbors, all very nice. There are two other dachshunds on our street, one right next door! Basil is thrilled. After we are settled in, I am going to look up Oregon Dachshund Rescue again, and look into Dachshund #4 for the street – a sister for Basil.

This weekend, out of nowhere, I had a cake craving.

Since we are seeing awesome weather in the 80’s here, I was thinking something light. Sunny. Fresh.


We were headed to a patio party, and I brought these along for dessert. These were very easy to make, using that box of cake and bottle of soda method, and while I wouldn’t really call that a recipe, I will tell you what I did.

orange creamsicle cupcakes

dairy and egg free, vegan

makes 12 cupcakesΒ 

1 package vanilla cake mix
1 tablespoon vanilla paste (or extract)
pulp from 1 orange (reserve juice for frosting)

10 ounces orange soda

Combine cake mix and soda, stirring until just combined. Fold in vanilla and orange pulp. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

citrus cream cheese frosting

gluten, dairy and egg free, vegan

8 ounces cream cheese (Tofutti)
2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
juice from 1 orange
2 droppers full Orange NuStevia

Beat cream cheese, orange juice and NuStevia until softened, gradually adding powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Transfer to piping bag or frost as normal.

Yum. These are bright and light, sweet and citrusy. Perfect for sunny summer.


{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather @ Better With Veggies May 14, 2012 at 5:12 am

Congrats on being down to one house, I know that has to be a relief! And yet you still had time to create a new recipe, love it! :)


2 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

YES it is such a relief! I have to go over tomorrow to drag out the last garbages, and get rid of the furniture around the pool… (we WILL miss the pool…). I still need to unpack most of my kitchen, but I knew where the muffin tin was, so I dug through that box… πŸ˜‰


3 Heather (Where's the Beach) May 14, 2012 at 5:28 am

Those look gorgeous! Great use for the orange stevia too. So exciting about finding a sister for Basil.


4 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

I am loving the new citrus stevias… and WEEEE – we’re all excited about a second pup. I caught Jason talking to the neighbor about it already! πŸ˜‰


5 katie May 14, 2012 at 5:48 am

My husband would DIE for these! He made me get him orange creamsicle pops a few weeks ago, he loves them so much! These look so damn good and they are so pretty!!!

Congrats on the house again! SO happy for you 3!

Tell your dad hello, thinking of him, please let me know how he is <3


6 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

Katie you need to make these immediately! πŸ˜‰ the flavor is unreal!

I will tell Dad hello – he is doing okay right now. we are waiting for ct scan results, to see if he starts the chemo + radiation, or just goes to surgery. his big aggressive chemo treatments are over, finally. *whew* his spirits are good. thank you SO much for asking, for your continued support, for just being YOU. XO


7 Nichole May 14, 2012 at 6:17 am

OK This takes me way back to a kid. Adding orange soda sounds like fun, and delish! If a cupcake can be refreshing, you found it!


8 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

exactly – they are sorta refreshing… ? they are brightly flavored, I’ll say that!


9 Lisa B May 14, 2012 at 6:34 am

These look beautiful, as always :-)

I love lighter cakes, and citrus sounds wonderful!


10 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

You’d like these, then – the soda can thing still baffles me. They came out really good!


11 Judy Ameigh Grover June 9, 2012 at 12:15 am



12 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

hi Judy! yes, Sunkist Orange Soda is, see here: Sunkist


13 Nora @ Natural Noshing May 14, 2012 at 7:39 am

These are perfect for all the sunny days lately! YUM!! They look PERFECT!


14 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

thanks Nora! I thought so too, when I decided on this flavor… then when I tasted them? OOH yum. I hope the sunny days continue …


15 Allie May 14, 2012 at 7:43 am

I love that you found a daschund-friendly neighborhood :)


16 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

I know, so fun! Phoebe is his friend right next door, and Millie is down the street…


17 Allie May 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Now moment of truth–do you remember the owner’s names too, or are you like me and just have to refer to someone as “___’s mom” for the next month? πŸ˜‰


18 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

ha! the neighbor next door, we know his name as we’ve talked to him several times… but sadly, the others are “Minnie’s parents” …and yep, her name is Minnie. I just realized I called her Millie before. I can’t even get THAT right? I am exhausted – don’t believe anything I say.


19 Cara May 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

I think these are the best rising gf/vegan cupcakes known to man–and to think, it’s because of a flippin’ can of orange soda! *running to the store to buy 8 cases*


20 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

I seriously could not believe it. I bought that mix at Food Fight, so I knew I could trust it, but I STILL looked twice at the ingredients. There HAD to be something in there. πŸ˜‰ (Now someone this morning has told me Duncan Heinz mix is already vegan, I’m not sure if they have a GF mix…) ANYWAY, you must try the soda thing – it’s crazy cool. The batter fluffs up as you stir it. I may never make my own cake again. πŸ˜‰


21 Judy Ameigh Grover June 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

Betty Crocker has GF cake mixes now- I really like the GF King Arthur cake mixes tho and also their GF bread mix


22 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

I have never tried the King Arthur brand but I have heard good things.


23 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

10 oz of orange soda in these babies…sounds fabulous! And that they use a boxed mix. You speak my language!


24 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:22 am

yep, Averie I thought of you as I was mixing these. πŸ˜‰


25 Krista May 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

Hold the phone. Orange soda!? GENIUS!!!! I was just scheming with my cousin a few days ago while in California about orange creamsicle baked delights. I love these!


26 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

I know… I’m not a fan of drinking orange soda, but in these? It’s pretty amazing how these work!


27 natalie@thesweetslife May 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

orange creamsicle is one of my favorite flavors! i’ve made a frozen creamsicle cheesecake—love the idea of making it into a cupcake!


28 spabettie May 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

oooh Natalie, link please πŸ˜‰ I NEED to make a creamsicle cheesecake…


29 natalie@thesweetslife May 14, 2012 at 11:42 am
30 Judy Ameigh Grover June 9, 2012 at 12:18 am

Natalie- will you plz share the frozen creamsicle cheesecake recipe ty


31 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

hi Judy, Natalie shared her recipe, the link is above your comment. :)


32 jobo May 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

one house – yay!! So exciting! can’t wait to see pics! and um, how DO you do it, seriously. you just whip these up all fancy like on the fly? You are GOOD.


33 RecipeNewZ May 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Great recipe! Great photo! Loved and stubmled :-)


34 dorry May 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

oh, these look amazingly fluffy!


35 Pure2raw twins May 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

love citrus base desserts for the summer time! these look incredible. love the color too!!



36 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 15, 2012 at 2:05 am

I’m happy to hear you’re feeling well with the new neighborhood. Yay dachshunds! πŸ˜€

I’ve never heard of this method to make muffins or a cake, but the idea seems really clever, and the result looks absolutely fancy! πŸ˜€ Also, creamsicle rhymes with whimsical, so these are already a winner.


37 Ashley F. May 15, 2012 at 7:05 am

You are so resourceful! I love how easy the recipe looks – I’m always looking for ways to show my friends that vegan cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and this recipe is perfect! Also – I LOVE citrus! Perfect for summer!


38 spabettie May 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I am always trying for that too – uncomplicated and accessible. you should make these for a skeptic – they are SO good! (and after the fact I hear that many regular store brands – Duncan Heinz – are already naturally vegan?)


39 julie@mightyvegan May 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I have been wanting to make orange creamsicle cupcakes for so long. Thanks for posting this and congrats on being down to one house!


40 spabettie May 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I have too – and I didn’t even plan on this method, but it sure is easy!


41 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) May 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Orange soda was my favorite growing up! And I do love a good creamsicle. These look awesome!


42 spabettie May 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm

it’s funny, I’m not really a fan of the drink, but in cake form? YES please!


43 Kalee @ SoreyFitness May 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

These look amazing!! I can’t wait to fix them! It’s already so hot here! :)


44 spabettie May 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I hope you love them, Kalee!


45 Gia May 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

what a fun technique! great idea on the orange soda, I followed exact recipe and now we are in heaven over here LOL. so flavorful.


46 Wholesome Chow May 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

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Thanks again Spabettie!


47 spabettie May 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

I love your cake mix! Are you still selling in Food Fight Grocery in Portland? The last couple times I’ve been there I have not seen it (I THINK I got it there once?).

Thanks for adding me to your website!


48 Wholesome Chow May 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

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49 Nancy July 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm


Would love to make these for my son’s bday. He has food allergies. I have a question. Did you add any of the ingredients the cake mix asked for like milk, oil and apple vinegar as well as the vanilla extract, soda, and orange pulp?



50 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

hi Nancy! nope, that is what is so cool about this “recipe” – the dry cake mix and 8- 10 ounces of soda is all you need – a little less than a full can or bottle, and I start with 8 ounces because some of the gluten free cake mixes are smaller than normal cake mix. I added the orange as extras, but you can use any flavor cake mix + soda and it makes REALLY fluffy cakes!

Enjoy… happy birthday to your son!


51 Caitlin August 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm

This look wonderful! I am excited to try the soda trick.

Question though, the GF cake mix I got calls for eggs (an insists the mix does not work without eggs). The mix is “Camela’s Classic Vanilla Cake Mix”. Do you see a problem with the whole soda technique if I use eggs as well?

Also.. If this works I will post my recipe: Vanilla Blackberry Cupcakes with Matcha Frosting :)


52 spabettie August 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

hi Caitlin!

I have not tried that brand of cake mix, but if it says it will not work without eggs, I’d believe them! πŸ˜‰ (there are many things people substitute for eggs, I am assuming they know most of those will not work and are giving you fair warning!) I have not seen the soda technique used with eggs, but I don’t see why it would not work? please do let me know how it goes! vanilla blackberry sounds fantastic!

cheers, Kristina


53 Me And My Sweets October 21, 2012 at 8:49 am


I posted your cupcake on my blog with a link back to your lovely blog. I hope you don’t mind and maybe would like to become a new and happy follower:-)



54 Rachel @ Following In My Shoes November 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

These look AMAZING.


55 Kristina Sloggett November 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

thank you, Rachel – they were a big hit around here!


56 Marci April 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Made these last night — they were delicious but definitely not light & fluffy. Very heavy & cake — I am just taking a stab, but I am thinking that it’s because I used an all-natural orange soda (Zevia)? That’s the only difference I can find.

Had a terrible time with the frosting, too… again, it tasted delicious, but was super runny & I had to add a ton more sugar just to get it usable. Super-sweet & tasty, but still too thin. Perhaps I used too much orange juice here. The recipe called for the pulp/juice of one orange, but all I had available were small clemetines, so I used 2. Too much?


57 Andrina June 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm

This looks so great but I was wondering if you know of anything else that could be used besides the soda? I wanted to use this recipe for my son’s first birthday party but we don’t do soda around here.


58 Kristina Sloggett June 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

hi Andrina,

since this recipe relies heavily on the soda, I’m not sure of a substitution. If the box cake mix is okay with you, I’d suggest making the cake batter as directed, adding orange flavor (possibly a small amount of orange juice concentrate) to the batter. I don’t ever drink soda, but this was a one time thing for a fun recipe.

hope that helps,



59 Shawna July 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

So, I am in the middle of making these and the recipe says it makes 12 cupcakes and I have way more batter. Anyone else have this happen? Not complaining about extra cupcakes, I just hope I didn’t mess up. I am using Pamela’s Vanilla Cake Mix.


60 Shawna July 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

They failed. So sad. Do NOT use Pamela’s for this recipe.


61 Kristina Sloggett July 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Shawna I am so sorry to hear this! I have only used one kind of vegan/gluten free cake mix (I will update the link, it seems to be broken). I am planning to make these cupcakes again this weekend, so I will try a different brand and update the post with my results.


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