| | | | |

Orange Dreamsicle Cake Recipe

orange dreamsicle Cake

This Orange Dreamsicle Cake Recipe is a light and fluffy cake with a tangy orange flavor and a creamy vanilla frosting. It’s the perfect summer dessert.

Hello there, my friend 👋! Summer is here! Do you want to taste the best summer flavor in a cake? This orange creamsicle cake is just that!

It’s sweet, tangy, and refreshing.

Let’s get baking!

Utensils You Need

These are the utensils and/or equipment you need to make this recipe:

  1. Two large mixing bowls.
  2. Several smaller mixing bowls.
  3. A whisk.
  4. Round cake pans (9 inch or 8 inch).
  5. A hand mixer or stand mixer.
  6. Oven mitts.
  7. Spatula
  8. Wire racks.
  9. Serving plates

The Recipe

orange dreamsicle Cake

Orange Dreamsicle Cake

This light and fluffy layer cake has a sweet orange flavor and is topped with a creamy vanilla frosting. It's a taste of summer.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 500 kcal


For the cake:

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pans.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Alternate between adding the dry ingredients and the orange juice to the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Blend until just combined – don’t overmix!
  • Stir in the orange zest and vanilla extract.
  • Divide the batter between your prepared pans.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool in the pans for 15-20 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until fully incorporated.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.

Assemble and frost the cake:

  • Level the tops of the cakes if needed for a flat stacking surface.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread with a layer of frosting.
  • Place the second cake layer on top and frost the entire cake with a generous layer of frosting.


  1. Use fresh orange juice and zest for the best flavor.
  2. For an extra burst of orange flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract to the frosting.
Keyword cake, creamsicle, orange, summer dessert

Alternative Ingredients

If you don’t have the ingredients I listed above, do not worry. You can swap them out for the alternatives below.

All-purpose flourCake flour, whole-wheat flour
Unsalted butterSalted butter (reduce salt in recipe), shortening, vegan butter substitute
Orange juiceMandarin juice, lemonade
Granulated sugarBrown sugar, honey, maple syrup

What to Serve with Orange Dreamsicle Cake

This refreshing summer cake is delicious all on its own, but try pairing it with:

  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Whipped cream.
  • Fresh berries.
  • A tall glass of iced tea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

Yes, you can. Prepare the cake layers and frosting a day in advance. Store the cake layers wrapped in plastic at room temperature, and store the frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How long can I store leftover orange creamsicle cake?

Store leftover cake covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Why did my cake turn out dry?

Overbaking or overmixing can lead to a dry cake. Check for doneness with a toothpick at the minimum bake time and be sure not to overmix the batter.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating