Orange Julius Creamsicle Cake: This Summer’s Perfect Dessert

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Summer is the perfect time of year for a refreshing dessert. Orange Julius creamsicle cake will be your new favorite sweet treat this summer! I’ll show you how to make it from scratch. It’ll be the perfect cake for your summer birthday parties, backyard barbecues, family reunions, and church potlucks. Every bite of this three-layer cake tastes like a delicious, refreshing Orange Julius. What could be better?

3-layer orange julius cake

How to Make an Orange Julius Cake

The perfect summer dessert is here! This Orange Julius creamsicle cake will remind you of the ice cream truck on a hot day. It’s refreshing, light, and perfect for any backyard BBQ or family event.¬†

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Here’s what you need:

Ingredients for the Orange Creamsicle Cake:

  • 4 C flour
  • 3 tsp Baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 4 C sugar
  • 2 C Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp pure Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Orange extract
  • 4 tbsp Orange zest
  • 3-5 drops of orange gel food coloring 

Directions for the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray three (3) 9-inch baking rounds with PAM baking spray.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  3. Using a standing mixer, beat together the eggs, butter, and sugar until combined.
  4. Beat in the buttermilk, vanilla, orange extract, and orange zest until combined.
  5. Gradually beat in the flour mixture until combined.
  6. Mix until combined the orange food coloring.
  7. Divide the batter between the three pans and baking for 30-35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the center.
  8. Allow the cakes to cool down completely. Then, cut the dome on top of the cake and the stiff sides.
orange creamsicle cake on a white plate

Ingredients for the Vanilla Frosting:

  • 6 sticks (3 C) unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 6-8 C powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large piping bag fitted with a star tip 
  • 1 small angled spatula
  • Orange gel food coloring 

Frosting Directions:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla on low speed until smooth, then mix for an additional 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  2. Place one cake layer on a serving platter.
  3. Spread 1 cup of frosting over top, then top with the second cake layer, pressing lightly down.
  4. Spread 1 cup of frosting evenly over the top.
  5. Repeat the steps with the remaining two cake layers.
  6. Frost a crumb coat onto the cake and then place the cake into the fridge for 30 minutes.
orange julius creamsicle cake

Decorating the Orange Julius Cake:

  1. Scoop 1 C of white frosting into one bowl.
  2. In the first bowl, mix in a few drops of orange gel food coloring. 
  3. Remove cake from fridge and place onto a rotating cake stand.
  4. Scoop 1 C of white frosting into the piping bag. 
  5. Using remaining white frosting, frost the entire cake and smooth with a cake smoother.
  6. Using the angled spatula, scoop out some orange frosting and randomly dap it onto the white frosting. 
  7. Using the cake smoother, smooth the orange frosting into the white to create a unique blend.
  8. Pipe dollops of white frosting onto the top. 
  9. Zest an orange over the top. 
  10. Place in the fridge overnight to allow frosting to harden before enjoying!

I hope you enjoy this delicious orange cake recipe as much as we do. If you make it, share a photo with me! Have a great summer full of flavor and family fun!

slice of orange cake
Yield: 18 servings

Orange Julius Creamsicle Cake

Orange Julius Creamsicle Cake

The perfect summer dessert is here! This Orange Julius creamsicle cake will remind you of the ice cream truck on a hot day. It's refreshing, light, and perfect for any backyard BBQ or family event. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 4 C flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 4 C sugar
  • 2 C Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp pure Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Orange extract
  • 4 tbsp Orange zest
  • 3-5 drops of orange gel food coloring

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients

  • 6 sticks (3 C) unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 6-8 C powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • Orange gel food coloring¬†

Instructions

For the orange cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray three (3) 9-inch baking rounds with PAM baking spray.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  3. Using a standing mixer, beat together the eggs, butter, and sugar until combined.
  4. Beat in the buttermilk, vanilla, orange extract, and orange zest until combined.
  5. Gradually beat in the flour mixture until combined.
  6. Mix until combined the orange food coloring.
  7. Divide the batter between the three pans and baking for 30-35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the center.
  8. Allow the cakes to cool down completely. Then, cut the dome on top of the cake and the stiff sides.


For the vanilla frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla on low speed until smooth, then mix for an additional 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  2. Place one cake layer on a serving platter.
  3. Spread 1 cup of frosting over top, then top with the second cake layer, pressing lightly down.
  4. Spread 1 cup of frosting evenly over the top.
  5. Repeat the steps with the remaining two cake layers.
  6. Frost a crumb coat onto the cake and then place the cake into the fridge for 30 minutes.


Decorating Instructions:

  1. Scoop 1 C of white frosting into one bowl.
  2. In the first bowl, mix in a few drops of orange gel food coloring. 
  3. Remove cake from fridge and place onto a rotating cake stand.
  4. Scoop 1 C of white frosting into the piping bag. 
  5. Using remaining white frosting, frost the entire cake and smooth with a cake smoother.
  6. Using the angled spatula, scoop out some orange frosting and randomly dap it onto the white frosting. 
  7. Using the cake smoother, smooth the orange frosting into the white to create a unique blend.
  8. Pipe dollops of white frosting onto the top. 
  9. Zest an orange over the top. 
  10. Place in the fridge overnight to allow frosting to harden before enjoying!

Notes

Store cake in an airtight container!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1622Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 385gFiber: 2gSugar: 355gProtein: 6g

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