Orange Dreamsicle (WASC Method)

Orange Creamsicles inspire thoughts of hot summer days and swimming pools, and they also inspire this delectable cake. A creative spin on a classic treat, this Dreamsicle cake recipe is the result of testing ingredients for the best creamy orange flavor. 

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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

Comments (60)

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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?

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

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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.

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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!

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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

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

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....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? ;}

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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

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

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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 tomorrow....so 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.

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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.

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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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With regard to stacking this or any other cake..... Your supports are what will allow your cakes to be stacked. They will hold the weight, not the actual cake.

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Oh my gosh, you people and your acronyms!!! It took me over 45 minutes to find out what WASC was and IMBC were.  Please spell things out for us retirees.   It would be greatly appreciated,  thanks,

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I made a dreamsicle  cake this week that used orange cake mix, orange gelatin, and orange juice. It was the best one I have ever tasted. I did not add any additional flour.


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