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Dreamsicle Cake

Dreamsicle Cake

Rita’s Dreamsicle Cake recipe is sure to please.

As I write this column, I’m waiting on clone #4 of the Orange Dreamsicle Cake like Fireside Restaurant in Georgetown and a number of other restaurants’ versions, to cool so I can frost it.

I’m taking it to Cincinnati’s Channel 19 for a live cooking demo tomorrow morning. I know Rob Williams & Sheila Gray, along with Frank Marzullo, Dan Romito and the rest of the crew will have the same reaction as everyone else I’ve tested it on: Delicious!

After trying various ways to make it taste “right”, all I can tell you is this is as close as I’m ever going to get to this restaurant favorite.  Even after eating all my mistakes, I still love the cake, and the topping even more. Now the restaurants usually make a two or three layer cake. I’m sure you can do that by adjusting the baking time downwards.

I made mine in a 9x 13 pan because it was easier, especially since my husband kept chiding me with “are you still fooling with that – isn’t it time to move on?” Easy for him to say….

Dreamsicle cake recipe

1 package (18.25 ounces) lemon Supreme cake mix
1 small package  orange jello (3 oz)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon orange extract
1-1/4 cups orange juice
1/4 teaspoon unsweetened orange Kool Aid

Dreamsicle Cake

Dreamsicle Cake

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
Place cake mix, jello, oil, eggs, and orange extract in mixing bowl.  Add orange juice and Kool Aid and beat on low  until moistened. Increase to medium and beat a few minutes longer. The batter will be smooth. Pour into pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Don’t overbake.

If the creamcicle cake humps up in the center, when you take it out of the oven, put a folded towel over it and press down with your hands. Viola – a perfectly even cake (what you are doing is pressing the air out).  Let cool while making topping:

Pineapple cream cheese topping for the dreamcreamcicle cake.

Beat together:
1 can, about 20 oz, crushed pineapple, drained or not – whatever you like (undrained your frosting will be a little softer – I like that version since it has more flavor)
3 oz cream cheese, softened
3.5 oz package instant vanilla pudding
Then fold in:
8 oz or so thawed whipped topping
Spread on cooled cake and garnish as desired.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen:

Make a double batch of topping. Use half for a wonderful dip for fresh fruit or to make tiny tarts. Use mandarin oranges instead of pineapple.

This recipe will remind you of the summertime classic Creamsicle.


This is a great dreamcicle cake recipe.


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  1. mary bordonaro

    the dreamcicle recipe is perfect. i made it the 4th of july. my family and friends could not say enough. i bake a lot
    but this recipe is the most exciting. four people asked for the recipe. you must try is. my 2nd cake was made
    with orange cake mix, mandarin orange, and heavy cream instead of cool whip. amen! the best.
    thank you Rita from mary b.

    1. Gayle

      If you substitute mandarin oranges for pineapple, how much do you use — is it the same 20 oz. as you’d use for pineapple? Also, do you crush up the mandarin oranges?

      1. Rita Heikenfeld

        I think Mandarin oranges would work OK. Do drain them and chop them up fine.

  2. Rita Heikenfeld

    I’m so glad it worked out for you – it is really an awesome cake!

  3. Dara

    I am assuming this cake with have an orange interior. Just a suggestion, cut a piece of the cake so we can see what it is supposed to look like when it is complete. Also I am guessing this cake can be baked in 2-9″ round pans….thank you

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      The cake does have a very light orangish interior, but very light. If you bake in 9″ cake pans check after about 20 minutes or so. Toothpick inserted in center should come out clean. And thx for the suggestions.

  4. Seinam

    Hi just came across ur recipe seemed delicious…… Prob is i don hav vanilla puddin around…..can i use egg puddin instead by puttin vanilla extract in it….thx in advance

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      Is the egg pudding from scratch?

    2. Seinam

      Yes….the instant one….powdered form…. ( the way it is)

  5. Seinam

    Hi i hav been lookin for kool aid from last 2 weeks now….can i subsitute it with tang or anyother orange flav sachet……..:(

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      You could sub with the store’s brand of kool-aid/drink mix. I think Tang will work but you know what? I’d just leave it out. The cake will still be scrumptious.

  6. Seinam

    U said it was a secret ing so i wanted too n o thk it would enhance flavour too…so wanted too…now j r sayin i shd add or not

  7. Seinam
  8. Seinam

    Hi …..hav been to many stores….they r sayin it has been discontinued……though liquid concenterate is available…..

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      It’s OK to leave it out.

  9. Seinam

    Hi…how r u!!! No doubt yumm is the word…God bless u….

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