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Creamy Orange Cake Recipe

Creamy Orange Cake

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"Cool and refreshing like the orange cream frozen treat. Great for picnics, travels well."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    2 hrs 20 mins


  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for a 9x13 inch pan. Poke holes in cake while still hot with the round handle of a wooden spoon.
  2. In a medium bowl, make gelatin with only 1 cup of boiling water. Pour liquid gelatin over cake while hot. Cool cake completely.
  3. In a medium bowl, make vanilla instant pudding with only 1 cup of milk. Stir in vanilla and orange extract. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over cake. Refrigerate cake for 1 hour before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 24, 2005

Wonderful! I found an orange cake mix at my store, but chose the white cake mix instead, because the orange stripes that the jello makes are pretty when served (you wouldn't see them if the cake were orange). I added 1 tsp. orange extract to the batter for orange flavor (would definitely do again!). I like the taste of Dream Whip better than the frozen whipped topping, so I whipped up the pudding mix, same amount of milk, and 1 envelope of Dream Whip. I used 3/4 tsp. vanilla, and 1/4 tsp. orange extract (thought the original amounts might be too overpowering). The results were fantastic! I used a nice garnish - sliced a small orange thin, then cut each slice halfway, twisted, and placed them on top. Pretty! Will definitely make this cake again. Thanks for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 26, 2005

This didn't do much for me or anyone in my family. It was just okay. The flavor was good, but it wasn't that moist. I probably won't make this one again.

Dec 01, 2007

I love this cake!! I make it all the time, and i put 1 package of dream whip in my cake mix, and my cake comes out the perfect texture everytime. Before I discovered dream whip my cakes were always moist but still crumbly (like a normal cake), but if you are using a white cake with this recipe and want the orange stripes to show perfectly, then use dream whip because it keeps your cake still very moist, but makes it a little firmer and dense (but not dry at all)so when you cut into it, it looks pretty and smooth and no crumbs.

Aug 15, 2011

What a wonderful dessert this is! I decided to make cupcakes instead of a cake (easier to transport and share). To the batter I added 1 tsp of orange extract for flavoring and also to try to mask that artificial "cake mix" taste that cake box mixes tend to leave as an aftertaste in my mouth. I made 20 cupcakes altogether. It took 23 minutes to bake. I poked holes into the cupcakes while it was still hot using toothpicks, then drizzled the orange gelatin over. I let it cool completely, 1 hour. To the pudding mix I added 1 tsp orange extract, omitting the vanilla extract, plus I added some orange zest. I folded in half of the cool whipped topping and spread around the cupcakes. It was just the right amount of frosting for each cupcake. I placed the cupcakes into the refrigerator to chill. The results were fantastic! A light, refreshing delicious ORANGE-Y cupcake. Yum! These tasted just like orange dreamsicles I remember as a little girl. The cake itself is moist and the whipped pudding on top of the cupcake is light and creamy orange-y. I can see the specks of orange zest throughout the frosting and I really liked the stripe design on the inside of the cupcakes. Although I don't know if anyone else noticed the strips in the cupcakes as they were gobbled up so fast! All I was told is that it tasted good-like orange shebert. This recipe is easy to follow and leaves room to try a variety of other flavors in place of orange. A keeper for use again!

Jul 24, 2008

I made two of these, one with the cool whip topping as the recipe calls for, and also a cream-cheese dreamsicle icing. Both taste JUST like the dreamsicle ice cream treat. The cream cheese icing is as follows: cream 1/2 of an 8-oz cream cheese block with 1 1/2 Tablespoons chilled butter until fluffy. Mix in two cups sifted confectioners sugar. Mix in 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract and 1 Tablespoon orange extract. This icing is much thinner than the cool whip topping but tastes the same.

May 11, 2003

This cake is cool and creamy with a slight tang....delicious! It is not nearly too sweet as one person said, sorry you must have done something wrong. By the way, I also tried it with cherry chip cake mix and cherry jello....OH MY GOODNESS!!!

Aug 25, 2005

I used a white cake mix and added 1 tsp orange extract to the mix. I also used 1 package orange jello instead of orange extract in the frosting. Prepare 1 day ahead of time and chill. Prepared this for a birthday party and got many many compliments on how good it was.

Nov 01, 2003

I haven't made this yet, but for those of you who cannot find an Orange Cake Mix, DUNCAN HINES makes them. I keep cake mixes in my freezer and there is one just waiting for this recipe!!


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  • Calories
  • 156 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 216 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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