After some trial and error this recipe was born. I love doing a WASC treatment to all my mixes for nice full layers. Some similar recipes call for orange soda or orange jello, but I found orange juice to have the best results. I recommend filling the layers with dream whip for real dreamsicle flavor.


  • 1 Orange Cake Mix
  • 1 C Flour
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 C Sour Cream
  • 1-1/4 C Orange Juice
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Butter Flavoring
  • 1 tsp Orange Flavoring


    Combine dry ingredients, mix liquid ingredients, then add dry ingredients by thirds. Bake at 325 for moist cake.


Butterpatty Says... 7 Apr 2010 , 1:01pm

Dumb question- Is the flour self-rising or plain? Thanks.

BeanCountingBaker Says... 7 Apr 2010 , 1:05pm

I have a cannister of good ol' all purpose flour on my counter and that's what I use.

greenapron Says... 7 Apr 2010 , 8:13pm

i just had someone ask me for a cake flavored like a orange dreamsicle i was about to make my own trial and error version but then i saw this, thank you! why do you prefer orange juice to orange soda or orange jello?

circus Says... 8 Apr 2010 , 9:10am

Where would I find an orange cake mix? I've never seen one before and I very much want to try this recipe!

BeanCountingBaker Says... 8 Apr 2010 , 9:38am

greenapron - The orange soda and orange jello seemed to give it a chemical-ish flavor.

circus - Orange cake mixes are hard to find, I found it at two smaller grocery chains recently.

greenapron Says... 8 Apr 2010 , 9:49am


jenlg Says... 8 Apr 2010 , 11:22am

Would love to try this but all the stores within my area have never carried orange cake. Bummer.

joknee Says... 8 Apr 2010 , 5:11pm

On the East Coast, Duncan Hines has a delicious Orange Cake.

peachcake Says... 8 Apr 2010 , 7:04pm

Made one of these today in the bakery. Delish!

psbartlett Says... 8 Apr 2010 , 7:29pm

Publix carries them.

sweetann Says... 8 Apr 2010 , 9:27pm

i was just talking about this cake yesterday,i live in ga and i dont think they sell orange cake mix.what about using manderine oranges 2

mdmunster Says... 9 Apr 2010 , 11:41am

you can find the orange cake mix at Meijer, Super K-Mart. Go to Duncan Hines website and search by your zip code and you'll find it.

By the way.... what does WASC method mean?

emms73 Says... 10 Apr 2010 , 10:16am

i live in the carolinas i found the duncan hines orange supreme at food lion today gettin ready to try this today cant wait

Mom_Of_4 Says... 11 Apr 2010 , 7:16am

What type of frosting do you use for your orange dreamsicle cake? I have been wanting to make one but am not sure that a traditional buttercream would be good on an orange cake?

sandrajeanjellybean Says... 11 Apr 2010 , 10:52am

i was wondering the same thing mom of 4....what kind of frosting would go good on this cake?

Bannette Says... 11 Apr 2010 , 11:05pm

can't wait to try this. I don't usually use a mix but just happen to have a couple of orange in my cabinet.

circus Says... 12 Apr 2010 , 10:40am

thanks for all the info on finding orange cake mixes everyone!

circus Says... 12 Apr 2010 , 12:53pm

mdmunster... where on the duncan hines website can you search by zip code for the cake mix?

circus Says... 12 Apr 2010 , 12:53pm

PS mdmunster... WASC means white almond sour cream... there are recipes for it in the recipe section

BeanCountingBaker Says... 12 Apr 2010 , 1:52pm

Mom_of_4 and Sandrajeanjellybean

I've been making dreamsicle cake with Dream Whip filling and vanilla buttercream. I haven't been brave enough to try orange butter cream, a dreamsicle is orange and vanilla ice cream so I think the vanilla icing is appropriate. Cream cheese icing could be a good flavor combination too.

Alisa555 Says... 13 Apr 2010 , 8:13am

Is this cake sturdy enough to do a 3-tier cake?

MomMiller Says... 13 Apr 2010 , 9:02am

You read my mind! Thanks for posting this, I am gonna try it today!

Cristi-Tutty Says... 14 Apr 2010 , 5:03pm

I will love to try this cake since I have an orange cake mix. Could you please share the dream whip filling recipe? Thank you in advance

Cristi-Tutty Says... 14 Apr 2010 , 5:04pm

Thank you!!!!

kdhoffert Says... 21 Apr 2010 , 5:53am

This is the dream whip. It's made by Kraft.

mballen60 Says... 24 Apr 2010 , 6:46pm

Has anyone tried this recipe with french vanilla cake, orange juice, orange flavoring, etc...I'm dying to try this recipe but I can't find Duncan Hines Orange Supreme Cake Mix (I live in Long Island, NY). I also read somewhere that someone used orange koolaid and vanilla cake mix because they couldn't find the orange cake mix. Interesting idea.

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greenapron Says... 5 May 2010 , 7:06pm

mballen60: the recipe that you read somewhere about someone that used orange koolaid and vanilla cake that vanilla cake mix with a packet of dry orange koolaid mix add to it?

BeanCountingBaker Says... 6 May 2010 , 6:51am


This will make 2 extra tall 8" layers, 2 tall 9" layers, a thick 9 x 13 sheet cake, 1 10" round or 10" square, or a slightly thin 12" cake. I generally set my baking timer for 40 minutes for 8", or 9" cakes and then check in intervals of 5-6 minutes until it's done. For larger cakes I set the timer for 50 minutes and then check in intervals of 6-8 minutes.

sophie691 Says... 17 May 2010 , 5:35pm

Is this cake good for stacking or for wdding cakes? Thanks

nanceann Says... 30 May 2010 , 8:51pm

I found the Duncan Hines orange cake mix at the store! Whoohoo. I have a key lime cream cake that I make a lot, and the topping is lime zest and juice added to sweetened condensed milk, then extra creamy cool-whip folded in. I think it will be luscious with orange zest and juice on this cake. I'll let you know!

Braaatz Says... 2 Jun 2010 , 7:55am

Where can i find dream whip and what is it? I'm doing a wedding cake 5 tiers, would this cake hold up well?

BeanCountingBaker Says... 2 Jun 2010 , 11:10am

I have not stacked this cake, it can be a little sticky but I think you could stack it using good supports and cake boards.

BeanCountingBaker Says... 2 Jun 2010 , 11:11am

Dream whip is usually near the pudding and jello in grocery stores.

lhaycook Says... 7 Jun 2010 , 1:49pm

after the filling and all is added does this need to be refrigerated until you are ready for it, or can it just be kept at a cool room temp (65 F)? Thanks

BeanCountingBaker Says... 10 Jun 2010 , 3:57pm

lhaycook - If filled with a perishable filling then it should be refrigerated. If filled with vanilla butter cream or a shelf stable icing or filling the cake would not require refrigeration.

momtobtb Says... 19 Jun 2010 , 6:41pm

I made this today and substituted a french vanilla cake mix and it was delicious!

TlCat Says... 26 Jun 2010 , 2:22pm

I also couldnt find the orange supreme mix, so i used the DH french vanilla, a little extra orange extract and i added orange zest. I was surprised it baked so flat on top.

I used french vanilla cool whip (limited edition... very yummy) instead of dream whip.

the orange taste is an after taste not something you taste right away. i think i should have added more zest and extract.

But it is great. Made a lot of batter too.

spudbaker Says... 17 Jul 2010 , 10:18am

Could someone please explain what WASC means???

cakebyali Says... 23 Jul 2010 , 7:11pm

Is so good. Makes a good amount of batter 2-6 in, 24 reg cupcakes and 36 mini cupcakes. So delicious! Thanks for sharing.

soph917 Says... 25 Jul 2010 , 10:10pm

spudbaker- WASC is White Almond Sour Cream cake.

I make this recipe all the time, but I use French Vanilla Betty Crocker cake mix, and for the orange I use Lorann's Orange Bakery Emulsion. I've never seen the orange cake mix at the store, but I wanted to try an orange dreamsicle cake. I went to my local cake supply shop and came across Lorann's Emulsion, and it is awesome. I just happened to stumble across this recipe, and wanted to throw in my 2 cents. I also use the same Emulsion in my IMBC, for the frosting. SO yummy!

ChelseaMarie Says... 10 Sep 2010 , 11:57am

I LOVE putting Italian Butter Cream on this! It is very light and makes the cake a really good comparison the and actual dreamsicle!!

ConniM1 Says... 14 Oct 2010 , 5:07am

Cake mixes use Orange 'flavor' so you can just as easily put orange flavor in your cake too! Love the Italian Cream!

ConniM1 Says... 14 Oct 2010 , 5:11am

....Hubby just asked, "Why don't you just buy an Orange and use real Orange in the Cake Mix?" sheesh does he have to make it sound so easy? ;}

conchita Says... 13 Mar 2011 , 10:58pm

Thank you I am going to try this recipe for sure, I made the original MacsMom dreamsicle orange cake and it did not had an orange flavor and it was very hard. I don't know what I did wrong it seems like it needed more liquid or something. but I will make this recipe for sure. I am lucky to be able to find Orange cake mixes in my area

NKJV Says... 26 Mar 2011 , 8:18am

can you carve this cake? I'm making a lantern and using the Orange but need to be able to carve it.

jessahmir Says... 6 May 2011 , 7:21pm

Made this recipe today for a 3 tier cake (top tier) It tastes really good.

jingrum Says... 29 Jun 2011 , 9:22am

Where on the Duncan Hines website can you find where this cake mix is sold??

iris219 Says... 19 Jul 2011 , 6:21pm

made this cake tonight and it's awesome. could not find the orange cake mix anywhere and didnt have time to order it on line as I needed it for used the french vanilla cake mix and added orange zest, Wow talk about flavor, it taste awesome. Think next time I will add just a little more zest than I did, wasn't sure if my family would like it so didn't put that much in it. For those who made this receipe for a tier cake, please let me know how it turned out, as I would like to make this for one of the tiers in my daughters birthday cake in September.

yorkiemom1023 Says... 21 Oct 2011 , 10:16am

Is there not any oil in recipe?

SweetDelites Says... 6 Dec 2011 , 11:30am

Just made cupcakes with this and it's great!!! A keeper for sure!!!! I did add orange gel color to make it more of an orange color.

AlwaysSweet Says... 29 Jun 2012 , 2:32pm

I just made this today and it tastes great! I am covering it in fondant and stacking it, it has a good texture for it. Thank you for the recipe!!

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