This "Orange Dreamsicle Cake" tastes just like one of the creamy orange Dreamsicle Popsicles many of us grew up eating. It's got that same light orange flavor and the frosting is creamy like the inside of a Dreamsicle. This is an easy cake to make also. I think it's perfect for Fall and the Autumn events, like Halloween with it's pretty orange color. My husband loves anything orange or orange flavored so he really loves this cake. Here is what you will need for this yummy cake:
1 (18 1/4 ounce) box orange cake mix ( can substitute a white cake mix)
1 cup Sprite or any lemon lime flavored soda (can use water)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 (3 ounce) box orange Jell-O gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (3 1/2 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
2 teaspoon orange extract, divided
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, mix the cake mix, eggs, oil and Sprite. We always use soda in place of water in cake mixes. It just really does something for them. Mix in the vanilla and orange extract. Pour into a 9"x13" baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake the amount of time suggested on the cake mix.
Mix the orange gelatin with the 1 cup boiling water and stir to dissolve.
When the cake is done, remove from the oven and poke holes all over the top, either with a fork or you can use a wooden skewer. Pour the gelatin over the top of the cake so that it seeps down into the holes. Let is cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in the instant pudding, 1 cup milk and the vanilla and orange extract until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping.
Spread over the cooled cake and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving!