It stemmed from being bored one day, done with work, house was cleaned and all I longed to do was watch crappy reality TV. I’d seen all the Real Housewives junk, Jerry Springer was nothing special and House Hunters makes me homicidal, so Kardashians it was. It was the first episode ever, and I was hopelessly, disgustingly hooked.
Kim was so young and had such a terrible taste in fashion. Kendall and Kylie were still wearing kiddie clothes. And Rob modeling in his Calvins was actually kinda swoon-worthy. And as if I were reading a great novel, you can’t just read part and set it down without ever knowing the ending. It’s like a crime against humanity, kind of like wearing socks with sandals or eating soggy cereal. You just don’t do it, you know?
So I started Netflixing all of the episodes and am now in the middle of season 4, right where Khloe just married Lamar and Bruce is all spit-fire over the fact that Kylie’s wearing eyeliner. And as disgusting as this addiction is, and even though I can feel my dad lose respect for me every time he enters the room, I just can’t tear my eyeballs away.
And it makes me wonder: if there was an E! camera crew here right now, they would probably fall asleep behind the equipment. They would get to film me hopelessly scrolling through awful messages on OkCupid while my dog, Mannie, barks incessantly in the background. I’ll make a salad and a smoothie for lunch and eat it while watching Ladies of London, a show I only watch because I have serious Brit-envy for some weird reason. And then they’ll film me pondering going to the gym for four hours before finally passing out on the couch yet again, settling in to watch another episode of Kardashians while my phone pings with another OkCupid message from someone with a neckbeard.
So there’s that.
The only way people would watch my show would be to (hopefully) see all of the yummy things I regularly crank out of my kitchen, these Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes included! Orange Creamsicles are and were one of my favorite treats in the summertime. Nothing beats a refreshing, frozen bar in the heat of the day or the irresistible combination of bright, fresh orange and creamy vanilla. I knew I wanted to make a scrumptious cupcake based off of one of my favorite ice cream bar treats and I think I succeeded and then some!
… which is more than I can say about my dating life, but hey, you can’t win at everything.
- 1 box orange cake mix
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
- 1 Duncan Hines Orange Creme Frosting Creations packet
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Whipped cream
- Orange gummy candies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 18 paper liners and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil and orange juice with a handheld electric mixer or until smooth.
- Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾th of the way full. Bake for approx. 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cupcakes completely.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, vanilla extract, heavy cream and Duncan Hines Orange Creme packet together for about a minute or until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar about a cup at a time until the frosting is light and fluffy.
- Pipe the frosting high onto the cooled cupcakes; top with a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with an orange gummy slice.
I am in love with these cupcakes! They’re so light and moist and full of bright, orange flavor! The dollop of whipped cream on top of the soft, creamy orange-flavored buttercream is to-die for! It tastes like a cakey creamsicle and is perfect for your next summer party or BBQ 🙂
If you can’t find orange cake mix (I was shocked when I spied it at the store!) feel free to use yellow cake mix and follow the directions in my recipe. You can also add in orange extract to taste to amp up that orange flavor.
Have a fantastical day!