A-to-Z Challenge: Zest

“Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake is a wonderful addition to all your summer parties! A lovely vanilla cake that is bursting with orange flavor and topped with a fluffy orange and vanilla frosting that no one will be able to resist!”

Trish, Mom on Time Out
Image Credit: Mom On Time Out

I finally caught up! So I will end this year’s A-to-Z challenge with another yummy delight involving some orange zest: Orange Creamsicle Cake! Trish created and featured this recipe on her blog “Mom on Time Out“.

“Creamsicles have always been one of my favorite summer time treats. That combination of orange and vanilla is just so magical! Today I’ve recreated that magical combination in cake form. “

Image Credit: Pinterest

Yes, I know exactly what Trish means when she says this! I remembered when I first bit into an orange ice cream dream bar one hot summer day. It was a great taste combo. I haven’t made this cake yet, but I do enjoy baking with citrus. Oranges are one of my favorite fruits. I might try to bake it for next year’s blogger’s bake-off. It seems that I will collect recipes along the way!

Orange Creamsicle Cake Recipe

COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: American
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 28 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 38 minutes

– 15.25 oz boxed vanilla cake mix
– 3 eggs
– 1 cup Almond Breeze Vanilla almond milk
– 1 tbsp orange zest
– 3.4 oz orange JELLO
– 1.25 cup boiling water
– 1.3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

– 15 oz can of mandarin oranges (do not drain)
– 3.5 oz package vanilla instant pudding mix
– 8 oz Cool Whip

Vanilla Cake
– Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting vanilla almond milk for the water and adding the orange zest. (Your exact measurements may vary slightly depending on the brand of cake mix you use.)
– Bake using package directions. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for approximately 10 minutes.
– Use a skewer to poke holes in the top of the cake.
– Place orange JELLO mix in a heat proof bowl and slowly add boiling water. Whisk until the JELLO has completely dissolved.
– Stir in fresh orange juice.
– Carefully and slowly pour JELLO mixture over the top of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Mandarin Orange Frosting
– Beat mandarins and pudding mix together until combined.
– Gently fold in the Cool Whip or whipped cream until incorporated.
– Spread on cooled cake.
– Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Paula Light says:

    Wow, that sounds & looks great!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Paula! Seeing these pictures is a great motivator for me to make it a reality!!😋🍰

  2. msjadeli says:

    Congratulations on the A2Z Challenge completion. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts, Theresa.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Li! I enjoyed writing them this year. Gotta catch up with reading many others.

      1. msjadeli says:

        I couldn’t read many beyond the blogs I already follow, but I found some good new ones.

  3. lmc says:

    I’ll have to try this one… I always make the traditional strawberry or black cherry flavors cake.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      I enjoy strawberry and cherry too. Hope you enjoy the result!😋🍰

  4. MNL says:

    I bet the cake will be yummy when you make it. I remember creamsicles … now I want one, lol.

    Congrats on finishing the A to Z challenge!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks!! Sorry this isn’t helping your journey to diet is it!?😄🍰🍨

  5. Winnie says:

    Yummy post again! 😋😋

  6. InspiresN says:

    wow looks so yum! pretty pictures as well!!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you!😊 It was a delicious meal!

  7. iScriblr says:

    WOW, looks so yummylicious! Brilliant!👏👏

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Ikr??😍 the colors are so inviting!😛

      1. iScriblr says:

        Hahaha.. You bet! Me want!😛😛

  8. Yummy! It’s nutritious, too, with the oranges. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      You’re welcome! I love to end with a delicious bang to a series 😀🍰💕

  9. Lwbut says:

    You KNOW i like mandarins!! 😉

    Save a piece for me if you make it – i’ll do the same…. honest! 🙂

    1. theresaly520 says:

      😀🍰 Electronic pieces! We’ll describe with such detail!

      Build a teleporter quick!!!😋

      1. Lwbut says:

        I’ve wanted a teleporter since i was 7. 🙂
        ( The intention was to save people time in receiving things or traveling to places and also to reduce the costs of transportation. I’m not too sure on the economics though, i think it could work out to be rather costly???) 🙂

        1. theresaly520 says:

          Costly indeed! It’s fun to dream though. 🙂

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