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


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


Butterpatty Says... 2010-04-07 13:01:54

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

BeanCountingBaker Says... 2010-04-07 13:05:38

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

greenapron Says... 2010-04-07 20:13:58

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... 2010-04-08 09:10:14

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... 2010-04-08 09:38:57

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... 2010-04-08 09:49:16


jenlg Says... 2010-04-08 11:22:12

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

joknee Says... 2010-04-08 17:11:51

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

peachcake Says... 2010-04-08 19:04:15

Made one of these today in the bakery. Delish!

psbartlett Says... 2010-04-08 19:29:26

Publix carries them.

sweetann Says... 2010-04-08 21:27:57

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... 2010-04-09 11:41:27

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... 2010-04-10 10:16:27

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... 2010-04-11 07:16:29

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... 2010-04-11 10:52:11

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

Bannette Says... 2010-04-11 23:05:15

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... 2010-04-12 10:40:56

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

circus Says... 2010-04-12 12:53:09

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

circus Says... 2010-04-12 12:53:57

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

BeanCountingBaker Says... 2010-04-12 13:52:06

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... 2010-04-13 08:13:08

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

MomMiller Says... 2010-04-13 09:02:17

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

Cristi-Tutty Says... 2010-04-14 17:03:17

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... 2010-04-14 17:04:02

Thank you!!!!

kdhoffert Says... 2010-04-21 05:53:47

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

mballen60 Says... 2010-04-24 18:46:14

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.

KaTsKrAzYKaKeS Says... 2010-05-05 14:42:29


greenapron Says... 2010-05-05 19:06:19

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... 2010-05-06 06:51:19


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... 2010-05-17 17:35:57

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

nanceann Says... 2010-05-30 20:51:14

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... 2010-06-02 07:55:30

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... 2010-06-02 11:10:26

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... 2010-06-02 11:11:06

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

lhaycook Says... 2010-06-07 13:49:32

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... 2010-06-10 15:57:50

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... 2010-06-19 18:41:34

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

TlCat Says... 2010-06-26 14:22:00

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... 2010-07-17 10:18:48

Could someone please explain what WASC means???

cakebyali Says... 2010-07-23 19:11:04

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... 2010-07-25 22:10:23

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... 2010-09-10 11:57:51

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... 2010-10-14 05:07:50

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

ConniM1 Says... 2010-10-14 05:11:06

....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... 2011-03-13 22:58:26

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... 2011-03-26 08:18:26

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

jessahmir Says... 2011-05-06 19:21:52

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

jingrum Says... 2011-06-29 09:22:40

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

iris219 Says... 2011-07-19 18:21:27

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... 2011-10-21 10:16:55

Is there not any oil in recipe?

SweetDelites Says... 2011-12-06 11:30:27

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... 2012-06-29 14:32:40

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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