Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

All it takes to bring back memories of orange cream frozen treats dripping down your chin is a few convenience ingredients and a bit of time. For more fun, try making this cupcakes recipe with lemon or lime-flavor gelatin and juices.

Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

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Servings: 27
Serving size: 1  cupcake
Yield: 27 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep Time: 40 mins
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  • 1  3  ounce package 
    orange-flavor gelatin
  • 1   2-layer-size package 
    white cake mix
  • 1   4-serving-size package 
    cheesecake instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1 1/4  cups 
    orange juice
  • 4   
  • 1/3  cup 
    vegetable oil
  • 1   teaspoon 
  • 1   
    recipe Cream Pop Frostings
    Wooden craft sticks (optional)
Cream Pop Frosting
  • 1   
    recipe Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
  • 1   teaspoon 
    finely shredded orange peel
    Few drops orange food coloring (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1  8  ounce package 
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2  cup 
    butter, softened
  • 2   teaspoons 
  • 5 1/2 - 6   cups 
    powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line twenty-seven 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with foil bake cups. Set aside 2 teaspoons of the gelatin for the Cream Pop Frostings. In a mixing bowl beat the remaining gelatin, the cake mix, pudding 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.
Spoon orange-flavor Cream Pop Frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Spoon the vanilla-flavor Cream Pop Frosting into another pastry bag fitted with a small star tip. Pipe orange frosting onto each cupcake to cover the top. Pipe a medium-size star of white frosting onto each cupcake. If desired, insert a crafts stick into top of each cupcake. Makes 27 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.
Cream Pop 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 and the orange peel. If desired, add a few drops orange food coloring. Beat to combine.

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. (This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch layers. Halve the recipe to frost a 13x9x2-inch cake.) Cover and store the frosted cake in the refrigerator.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 304, Fat, total (g) 12, chol. (mg) 50, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 47, Monosaturated fat (g) 4, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, sugar (g) 41, pro. (g) 3, vit. A (IU) 243, vit. C (mg) 6, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (g) 24, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0, sodium (mg) 255, Potassium (mg) 70, calcium (mg) 50, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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