Gluten-Free Creamsicle Cupcakes

With summer fast approaching, memories of orange creamsicles come flooding back to me. They were, by far, my favorite summer treat. That and banana popsicles!

I wanted to make a gluten-free cupcake that would do justice to the classic creamsicle ice cream indulgence. After much research, I settled on a source recipe from The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook for Orange Chiffon Cake. Then I adapted it quite severely to go from a cake to these fluffy, orange, cream filled delights you see here today.

The chiffon batter does tend to settle after baking so you will have a flat cupcake top. Perfect for what you need to do next and that is cut out the top with a melon baller, fill with creamy vanilla buttercream and then place the cutout cupcake piece back on top.

For the frosting, I took the vanilla buttercream filler frosting and jazzed it up with orange food coloring, orange extract and then piped it all with my Wilton 1M tip. The crowning glory: a little orange gummy candy and an orange candy stick which I simply cut in half as one large one is simply overkill for these beauties.

To begin, you will want to have 1 orange handy and some orange juice (pulp free). I added the scrapings of 1 vanilla bean to the batter plus one in the icing so I highly recommend you have these on hand as well. The vanilla bean enhances the entire cupcake from top to bottom giving it that vanilla flavor so well loved in the creamsicle treat.

This is my staple go-to book for gluten-free baking . I couldn't live without it. As with the Chocolate Cupcake recipe also posted here on Lemon Drop, the original Orange Chiffon one in her book is both vegan and gluten-free. My focus was simply to retain its gluten-free qualities. Therefore, I did used eggs rather than egg replacer.

Basic Gluten-Free Baking Mix
used throughout the book:
  • 4 cups superfine brown rice flour (preferably from Authentic Foods)
  • 1 1/3 cups potato starch (NOT potato flour)
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour or tapioca starch
You will need 3 cups of this baking mix blend for this cupcake recipe.




2 cups fine granulated sugar
1 egg
1 cup orange juice (pulp free)
zest of one medium orange
scrapings of 1 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons canola oil (Crisco oil is great)
3 cups gluten-free flour mix (see above)
3/4 teaspoon xanthum gum
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
orange food coloring gel or liquid food coloring

2 1/2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
6 cups icing sugar, sifted
scraping of one 1 vanilla bean
3/4 cup whipping cream

1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
orange food coloring gel
orange gummy candies
orange candy sticks, cut in half


LINE muffin pans (2) with 16 liners.
PREHEAT oven to 350F

IN LARGE BOWL, with electric mixer, blend together sugar and egg for 1 minute, MED speed
ADD orange juice, zest, vanilla bean scraping, liquid vanilla and oil
BEAT MED speed 1 minute
IN MEDIUM BOWL, whisk together remaining cupcake ingredients
SLOWLY ADD to wet ingredients in 3 batches, mixing slightly after each addition.
BLEND together at MED speed for 1 minute
ADD food coloring and blend into batter on LOW speed just until you have the color you want.
WITH ice cream or cookie scoop, fill liners 3/4 full
BAKE 15-18 minutes testing with a toothpick in center; if it comes out clean then they are done!
LET COOL in pan for 5 minutes
REMOVE and let cupcakes cool on rack completely for 1/2 hr

IN LARGE BOWL, with electric mixer, cream butter for 1 minute MED speed
SLOWLY add icing sugar and continue mixing for 4-5 minutes MED speed
ADD vanilla bean and whipping cream. When adding whipping cream, add only a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency

WITH MELON BALLER, scoop out a circle from each cupcake, approximately 1 inch deep. Set cut out tops aside.
WITH teaspoon, fill cut out areas with 1 teaspoon of white frosting.
COVER with cupcake cutouts
WITH remaining icing, add orange extract. Start adding food coloring: A little goes a long way so start adding a little bit at a time and mix after each addition until desired color is reached.

FILL piping bag with orange frosting and pipe onto cupcakes. I used a Wilton 1M tip for the swirls on top.

TOP with candy and orange stick.


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  1. AnonymousMay 18, 2011

    These are so fun and perfect for summer occasions. I have always had a soft spot for orange creamsicles, so this may need to be on my to-do list!

  2. These look great and are so cute, perfect for the summer!! :)

  3. Love your presentation! These are so cute!

  4. They sound and look - GREAT !

  5. Looks super yummy Linda...great picture!

  6. Yummy! These are beautiful.

    Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday!

  7. Great photos. I love the fact that you used an orange striped candy stick - it looks like a straw!! Love these cupcakes.

  8. Orange creamsicles bring back memories! Thanks for linking this up to Fat Camp Friday! Hope to see you next week!

  9. So cute and I'm loving the orange candy cane! I would love for you to drop by A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday and post your recipe.

  10. I just found your post on Sweet Indulgences Sunday. The presentation is really great and I LOVE anything Creamsicle flavored. Can't wait to try it out!

  11. hey Linda, love your blog and the cupcakes. I love orange creamsicle. Will definitely be trying this out:)

  12. Wow, your cupcakes look like they belong in a fancy bakery. Great job! Thanks for linking it up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  13. Hi! Just stopping by to let you know that your recipe was #1 on Sweet Indulgences Sunday last week. Hope you'll stop by and post another recipe. The party is up and running!

  14. What a gorgeous presentation! Your blog is too cute, so glad I found it! I saw these featured over at A Well-Seasoned Life! So glad to be your newest follower :)

    Check out my blog and follow back if you like!


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Linda @ Lemon Drop