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Creamsicle Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 3 ounce package orange-flavor gelatin
  • 1 2- layer-size package white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups orange juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Orange Frosting

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • Few drops orange food coloring optional
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

Cheese Frosting

  • Cream 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line twenty-seven 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with foil bake cups.
  • Set aside 2 teaspoons of the gelatin for the Frosting.
  • In a mixing bowl beat the remaining gelatin, the cake mix, orange juice, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  • Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
  • Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes.
  • Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency.

Orange Frosting

  • Prepare Cream Cheese Frosting.
  • Transfer one-fourth of the frosting to a small bowl; beat in vanilla.
  • To the remaining bowl of Cream Cheese Frosting add the reserved orange gelatin from the cupcakes.
  • If desired, add a few drops orange food coloring. Beat to combine.

Notes

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens