4 Easy Steps to a Creamsicle Cake

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This year, my daughter celebrated her 18th birthday, and I wanted to make something special for her birthday cake. But a busy mom needs something easy and delicious. Am I right? Well, this recipe can be put together in no time!

I searched the internet and found a perfect recipe for an easy creamsicle cake. I had everything on hand and added my own spin to the frosting and created a special look with a little fancy decorating technique making it pretty, fun, and just the right amount of “grown up” for the new adult in the house.

Now, when I say this recipe is easy, I really mean it is E-A-S-Y! It's great as a birthday cake, but it can be made for any occasion. I'm looking forward to experimenting with other flavors, too. Maybe root beer, 7-Up, or cream soda flavor. Yum! Ready to make the easiest cake in the world?


Step 1:

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Grab a box of your favorite white cake mix and can of orange soda. If you do not have these in your pantry, do not worry. You can find some at the market or your local convenience store. In a big bowl, combine cake mix and one can (or measure out 12 ounces) of orange soda. DO NOT ADD ANYTHING ELSE TO THE CAKE MIX.

Step 2:

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Pour into greased and floured cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick tests clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan then turn out to wire rack to cool completely.

Step 3:

Make frosting (super easy from scratch frosting!):

  • ½ pound butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 ounces), room temperature
  • 1-pound package confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • orange food coloring

In mixer, combine butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Whip together for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Separate into thirds. In one bowl, add enough orange coloring for a deep orange. In second bowl, make orange a few shades lighter. In last bowl, even lighter.

Step 4:

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Place one cooled cake on platter. Top with thin layer of lightest color. Top with second layer of cake and spread a very thin layer of frosting over entire cake. Place each shade of orange colored frosting in three separate pastry bags with large star tip (Wilton 1M). With darkest color, swirl rosettes on bottom. Repeat with middle color. Finish with lightest color.

If you do not want to make cream cheese frosting, you can easily buy a tub of vanilla frosting and use that instead.

This recipe has been adapted from Hearts & Crafts Boutique Orange Creamsicle Cake

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4 Easy Steps to a Creamsicle Cake

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Phammom Phammom says:

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try. Seems very easy.


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