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Orange Cream Cake

Kids of all ages will enjoy the old-fashioned flavor of this super-moist cake topped with a soft light frosting. "This dessert reminds me of the frozen Creamsicles I enjoyed as a child," remarks Star Pooley of Paradise, California.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 envelope unsweetened orange Kool-Aid mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) orange gelatin, divided
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pacakge (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, Kool-Aid mix, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Pour into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Using a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes in cake. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, dissolve one package of gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water. Pour over cake. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • In a large bowl, combine the milk, vanilla, pudding mix and remaining gelatin; beat on low for 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes; fold in whipped topping. Frost cake. Refrigerate leftovers.
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  • TNbluffbaker
    Oct 5, 2017

    Delicious and refreshing! Love the fact it uses orange Kool-Aid and gelatin!

  • 2124arizona
    Apr 8, 2017

    Super easy and super moist!!

  • Kelly
    Apr 4, 2017

    I love this recipe but I have one problem that I can't figure out every time I've made the orange cream cake the cake sticks to the pan I have even tried using different pan's , I even bought two new pan's and they still stuck to the pan's . Is there something I'm missing or doing wrong . If anyone has any ideas please let me know , it's my mother's favorite cake and her birthday is tomorrow and that's all she wants for her 7 9th birthday

  • luigimon
    Aug 23, 2014

    Oh my gosh, is this heavenly! So refreshing, and not too sweet. I did put the frosting in the 'fridge for about a half hour to thicken it, per the other reviews. I will make this again!

  • mary27green
    Jun 9, 2014

    Delicious! Very light and refreshing! I did only use 1/2 cup cold water instead of 1cup as that is what most jello poke cakes call for in their recipes. The topping turned out great, too! Will make again!

  • newrecipejunkie
    Apr 26, 2014

    This cake very moist and had a great flavor. However, like lilaccrew the frosting ended up like a thick sauce even though I refrigerated it for 5 hours after frosting it. The next day it was perfect.

  • BlaineL
    Mar 11, 2013

    Delicious and moist!

  • Kathie1026
    May 7, 2012

    This cake sounded delicious as I read the ingredients, so I bought ingredients to make two; one to share, the other to snack on throughout the week. So glad I did! Everyone loved the refreshing taste after Sunday dinner.

  • lilaccrew
    Apr 12, 2012

    The flavor was not bad. I had a lot of trouble with the frosting. It was too liquidy. I tried adding powdered sugar and a 1/2 cup of sour cream but still not solid enough.

  • shawna102
    Sep 30, 2010

    First time I have ever made this cake and it will not be the last. It's a keeper. Excellent!