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Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes in a Jar

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: Box Directions
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5-7 jars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes in a Jar are the perfect on-the-go dessert recipe! Bring these cupcakes anywhere for a sweet treat minus the mess!




  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix
  • Prepare as directed, but substitute 1/4 cup of the water for 1/4 cup orange juice and also add, 1 teaspoon orange extract and 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1 drop orange food coloring (optional).
  • Bake as directed in paper cupcake liners.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter (either unsalted or salted)
  • 1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice or heavy cream

Additional Filling

  • 1 jar (8oz) Marshmallow Cream (or Fluff)


  • 1/2 pint canning jars



  1. Beat butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add salt (as needed), powdered sugar (one cup at a time), extracts, orange zest and juice or cream. Continue to beat 1-2 additional minute’s until fully combined, and nice and fluffy.
  2. In warm weather, place frosting in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up before piping.


  1. Cut cooled cupcakes in half (horizontally)
  2. Fill large 2 large piping bags (or even large ziplock bags), one with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting, one with Marshmallow Fluff.
  3. Put one cupcake half in the bottom of a jar.
  4. Pipe a layer of Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.
  5. Add another cupcake half.
  6. Pipe on a layer of Marshmallow Fluff.
  7. Add another cupcake half.
  8. Top with a swirl of Orange Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkles (if desired).
  9. Enjoy immediately, or cover jars and keep in the refrigerator up to 2 days.


This recipe could certainly be used to make regular cupcakes (not in a jar) as well. Simply cut out a hole in the center of a baked and cooled cupcake, add a spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff, and top with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.
recipe from Glorious Treats


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 747
  • Sugar: 102.9 g
  • Sodium: 295 mg
  • Fat: 29.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 119.6 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 80.1 mg

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