Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes Recipe

Kristan Roland | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes are a sweet and bright dessert everyone will love. And a bit healthier for you!

I have never been a fan of “diet desserts.”

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My hatred of low-calorie treats started many years ago when I was dieting and decided to pick up a few Weight Watchers desserts in the frozen food aisle while I was grocery shopping.

At first glance, they actually looked pretty decadent. There was a strawberry shortcake and then some kind of cookie dough creation that I was pretty darn excited about. Maybe this diet thing wouldn’t be so bad after all?

But then I opened said dessert later that evening and discovered that it was a dessert for ants. Literally TWO BITES. 

Honestly, it was the kind of dessert that does more harm that good because instead of satisfying a craving, it fuels a Hulk-like anger.

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What am I even supposed to do with TWO BITES OF STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE?  So, I ended up eating three of them and then realizing that I could have just had a regular slice of cake.

I am just not very good at calorie math.

I simply cannot diet without desserts somewhere in the equation. I have heard people suggest having fruit for dessert, which I refuse to take seriously.

We all know that an apple is not dessert. I look at eating fruit like washing the dishes or paying taxes.

It’s a necessary part of life, but I don’t particularly enjoy it.

So what is one to do?

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Thankfully, there is another option. A dessert in a normal-human sized serving, that is low in calories and tastes perfectly delicious.

Who doesn’t want to eat a cupcake after a long day of vegetables?

I certainly do, I can tell you that much.

These cupcakes actually don’t taste like they are trying to be a diet food, which is a major bonus. They are a nice light treat for anyone, and the orange-vanilla flavor tastes like a creamsicle.

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Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes Recipe

    24 Servings


For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 1 can Orange Soda, 12 ounces
  • 2 large Egg Whites
For the Frosting:
  • 1 8 ounce tub Cool Whip Fat Free, Thawed
  • 3 tablespoons Orange Jell-O Powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350F°. Line 24 muffin tins with liners and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat cake mix, egg whites, and soda on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Fill prepared muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for about 15 minutes, until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Let cool completely on wire racks.

For the Frosting:

  1. In a medium bowl, fold together Cool Whip Free and Jell-O powder.
  2. Frost cooled cupcakes and serve.



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Author: Kristan Roland
Recipe Yields: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcake
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 16
Calories 122

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 159mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 4g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kristan Roland

About Kristan

Kristan is known for her candy creations and hilarity on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. We know where her true genius is, though: fanciful fanatical cupcake and cake creations!

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