Zesty, fun, and perfect for summer, these orange cake mix recipes are super easy to whip up.
They’re ideal for when you’re short on time and need something sweet without the hassle.
Of course, you can make any number of delicious orange cakes. But did you know you can also make cookies using a box mix?
Or how about some citrusy muffins and cupcakes?
These orange cake mix recipes are crazy versatile, bursting with zingy flavor, and can be ready in a flash.
Let’s get to it!
1. Orange Dreamsicle Cake
Orange Dreamsicles were a favorite of mine as a kid. The sweet tanginess of the orange flavor mixed with the creamy popsicle was to die for – and still is!
Luckily, this cake delivers everything we all love about Orange Dreamsicles and more.
There’s a light and deliciously moist cake plus a sweet and tangy orange cream cheese icing that’s silky smooth and scrumptious.
For a gorgeous summer dessert that’ll WOW the crowd, give this recipe a try.
2. Florida Orange Cake
Florida is famous for three things:
- Theme parks
You may not be able to visit the beaches just now, and maybe you’ve outgrown the theme parks (is that even possible?), but you can always enjoy the oranges!
This five-ingredient cake is one of the best ways to do that.
You’ll add an entire cup of OJ to the batter, making it insanely moist and juicy.
Meanwhile, the frosting calls for just four ingredients: cream cheese, orange marmalade, sugar, and butter.
The soft, sweet icing perfectly complements the airy, flavorful cake. It’s the easiest, tastiest way to bring a bit of the Sunshine State into your kitchen.
3. Orange Bundt Cake
This zesty and bright orange bundt cake is a must-try for anyone who craves orange flavor.
I recommend it even if you don’t generally like bundt cakes. That’s how good it is.
It’s a straightforward recipe that combines just seven common ingredients.
Plus, you’ll use plenty of oranges every step of the way. There’s orange Jello and orange juice in the cake and orange juice and zest in the glaze.
There’s a full-force, scrumptious smack of orange in every bite.
4. Orange Jell-O Cake
A boxed cake mix is always the way to go in terms of convenience. It’s quick and easy, and anyone can make it without too much trouble.
But what if you want to jazz it up a little?
With Jello, you can do just that with very little extra work. The Jello makes the cake lighter, airier, and fluffier than usual.
Finish it off with a lovely two-ingredient icing for a simple, elegant summer cake that no one will want to miss.
5. Orange Glazed Loaf Cake
This zesty orange loaf cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a midday snack.
Its bright, sweetly tart flavor pairs well with coffee or tea, and it’s easy to make, too!
It uses fewer than ten ingredients and has only four steps to follow. So consider it the next time you’re looking for something light and tasty.
6. Orange Juice Cake
This dense, citrusy cake has a soft center and tender crumb. It’s fragrant and flavorful, with a vibrant lemon-orange taste.
The sweet, sticky glaze is a simple mixture of orange juice, powdered sugar, and butter. It makes the cake unbelievably rich and moist.
Be sure to add the glaze when the cake is still warm in the pan. It’ll soak it up like a sponge, making every bite taste like Heaven.
7. Creamsicle Orange Cookies
These tender, chewy cookies are melt-in-your-mouth amazing.
They feature the bright taste of fresh oranges and the creamy sweetness of white chocolate chips.
Unlike most chocolate orange treats, the citrus takes center stage with these cookies.
Of course, if you want more chocolate, feel free to add some dark chocolate chunks!
8. Orange Cream Cake
Something about this cake is so fantastically sherbety to me.
The texture is lovely – light, moist, and soft as a cloud. But it’s the zesty, citrusy flavor that’ll really make you fall in love.
That said, the thick, decadent buttercream frosting is just as irresistible.
9. Orange Cream Cupcakes
Cupcakes always make an excellent dessert. They’re small, portable, and just the right size for indulging without overdoing it.
However, these lovely orange cupcakes are especially delightful.
They’re creamy, dreamy, and the ideal summer treat. Plus, you can whip up nearly two dozen in less than an hour!
10. Easy Orange Liqueur Cake
Use this recipe when you need a beautiful, boozy cake for a special occasion.
It’s soft and tender on the inside with a wonderfully crunchy pecan bottom.
The outer crumb is a bit crisp, and every bite is sweet and full of bold orange flavor.
The warm, sticky glaze is the figurative cherry on top.
Honestly, the glaze is so phenomenal that I could eat it by itself. So don’t be ashamed if you feel compelled to lick your fingers (and the bowl) clean.
Note: You can use curacao or triple sec, though I prefer curacao. It gives it the best taste.
11. Cake Mix Cranberry Orange Muffins
These cranberry and orange muffins have such vibrant flavor, and their delicate aromatic scent makes them ideal for summer.
Of course, the tangy cranberries just scream “fun fall treat” to me, which is why I often make them around the holidays.
Whatever the season, these muffins are sure to be a hit. They’re dense and filling but also soft and moist.
They’ll delight your senses and tickle your taste buds with every bite.
Enjoy them in the mornings as a quick breakfast on the go or sit back and savor every crumb with your mid-morning coffee.
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