Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Easy Orange Dreamsicle Cake

So the other day, my daughter was bugging me to make a cake.  
I don't usually like to bake cakes.  
I'm lazy when it comes to baking.  I don't have patience and cakes usually take up a little more of my time than I like.  Maybe I'm just weird, but it just feels that way.
But it was the weekend, so I had more time and I figured I'd do it just for her.

Her request:  an orange cake.  And it had to be orange in color, too.
Okay... seriously?
We settled on some sort of orange dreamsicle flavor, and after looking through a few recipes online and figuring out what I had on hand, this is what we made:

I couldn't even take a picture of the whole completed cake.  The minute it was frosted, it was cut and we all dug in.  
It. was. so. good.
I'm not a huge fan of boxed cake mixes, but this was delicious.
Even my hubby took some with his lunch the next day.  He never does that.  (I don't think he actually hates my baking, he just doesn't want to sit down and eat it because it takes more time than he likes... he's the 'eat and go' kind of guy, I guess).
So two days later and 1/4 of the cake left.  For us, that's good.  I eat cake once and I'm good for a month.  My weakness is cookies.  Ha!  

So.. you're probably wanting the recipe now.
Here ya go!

Orange Dreamsicle Cake

1 box white cake mix
1 small box orange jello
1 small box vanilla pudding
1/2 cup oil
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tsp orange extract (optional:  I didn't have it on hand, but I think it would help to add more 'orange' flavor)

Preheat oven to 350 F degreesMix all ingredients on medium speed until blended.  Pour into baking pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Allow cake to cool before frosting.

Orange Vanilla Frosting (recipe found here

1 cup butter, at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt (I used salted butter, so I omitted this)
2 Tbsp orange juice
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp grated orange peel

Whisk together butter, half the sugar and salt on low speed until blended.  Add juice, vanilla and orange peel and mix.  Add in remaining sugar and blend on high until smooth.  Add orange gel food coloring to obtain an orange color.  Frost your cake.

Mmm.. enjoy!

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Natasha in Oz said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that looks so colourful and very yummy too! Don't you love it when you find a great recipe that everyone loves!

Best wishes,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

The Alchemist said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks delicious!!

Kristi said... Best Blogger Tips

Whoa...you totally had me at orange dreamsicle. Looks divine. Can't pin this fast enough. Would be delighted for you to link this up to Mop It Up Mondays (going on through Friday): http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-party-2.html

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

looks amazing!!! Would love for you to come over and link up to my Tasty Tuesday party! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2012/02/to-go-with-my-new-wreath-i-also-made.html

Green Willow Pond said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a died in the wool chocolate cake lover, but this looks really good. I'm pinning it so I won't forget it. Visiting from Between U & Me party :)

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said... Best Blogger Tips

Your a good mom, I hate making cakes too, I want small easy to eat, and not share things;p

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum! I can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing. I pinned it too!

Kate @ craftwhatever said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooh, this does sound good! I am your newest follower, too!

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

momto8 said... Best Blogger Tips

so fun to make a whole orange cake!! the jello must really add the flavor. I am going to try this..thanks!!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Natasha in Oz Most definitely! Thanks, Natasha!

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@The Alchemist Thanks for stopping by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kristi I, too, have a weakness for orange dreamsicle! Thanks for the invite!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Emily Thank you for the invite!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Green Willow Pond I'm with you on that one. A chocoholic hands down! But this was a nice change!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more Exactly! Thanks!

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@Rachel Thank you, Rachel!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kate @ craftwhatever Thanks!! And welcome!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com Thank you so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@momto8 For sure!! Thank you so much!!

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds so yummy!!! I want to make one now. Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor Thank you! Hope you get a chance to make one!!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Loving your stylish cake! It should be renamed the Pantone color of the year cake! Tango Tangerine! :)

Thanks for sharing at my party!

XO, Aimee

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com That would be a great name!! Thanks for stopping by!