I have one more Easter dessert to show you all today, and then I think I need to step away from the baking aisle for a little bit. This is a good one, though, even though it contains absolutely no chocolate or cinnamon, which is kind of hard to believe. I love the orange and vanilla flavor combination of Creamsicles, so when I saw a box of Creamsicle cake mix in the store, I knew I had to try it. Well, at first I resisted, but the kids were with me, and they convinced me to give in. And, since the Peeps were in the same aisle, I decided to bake an Orange Creamsicle Peeps Cake.
Creamsicles remind me of summer, and the thought of the relaxed days of summer makes me feel happy and warm and fuzzy inside. So maybe that's an odd way to put it, but by the time spring break rolls around, I start to look forward to a longer break from our hectic schedule during the school year.
Anyway, this is an easy dessert to make, and it really tastes a lot like a Creamsicle. It was actually supposed to be a poke cake, but you really can't see the the poke part, although you can definitely taste it! If you leave the Peeps off, the cake goes from an Easter dessert to a dessert that's perfect to enjoy throughout spring and summer.
How to Make an Orange Creamsicle Peeps Cake
Orange Creamsicle Peeps Cake
- 1 box of Creamsicle cake mix
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1 3.4- oz box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup water plus extra water if necessary
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 can of Orange Creamsicle frosting
- 1 8- oz container of Cool Whip or whipped topping
- Orange Peeps and mandarins for garnish
- Follow the directions on the cake mix box to make the cake. I substituted melted butter in place of the oil that the box called for.
- Bake cake and allow to cool.
- Mix the vanilla pudding mix and the orange juice and water together, and add the vanilla plus some extra water if necessary to thin the mixture out enough so that it's thin enough to pour easily.
- Poke holes in the cake with a large straw, and pour the pudding mixture all over the top of the cake.
- Allow to cool in the refrigerator before frosting.
- Mix the Cool Whip and the frosting together until combined, and spread evenly over the cake.
- Garnish with Peeps and some orange slices, and enjoy!
You could also just use regular vanilla pudding mix for the poke part, or you can skip this step completely and make a regular cake. I liked how the orange and vanilla pudding mix brought out the Creamsicle flavor, though, and so did the Hubby. The kids liked it, but they weren't thrilled about adding the little mandarin slices, so you could easily leave those out, as well.
But I thought that the oranges made a nice little nest for the Peep. She looks happier in a nest!