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Orange Dreamsicle Cake

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Rating: 5/5
14 reviews

ready in: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes:   12

recipe id: 35074

Orange soda is the secret ingredient in this recipe to mimic the flavor and color of the classic Dreamsicle ice cream treat.

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2 eggs
1 package (18.5 ounce size) vanilla cake mix
1 can (12 ounce size) orange soda pop
2 packages orange gelatin powder
1 cup hot water
1 cup cold water
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup milk
2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces Cool Whip whipped topping


Mix cake mix with orange soda pop and eggs. Spray 9X13 cake pan with Pam, pour batter into pan. Bake 20 -30 minutes at 350 degrees F.

When cake is done, poke holes in the cake with fork sprayed with Pam.

Mix 1 package of orange jello in hot water until dissolved.

Add cold water pour entire mixture over cake. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours

Mix Vanilla pudding mix and other pack of jello together (dry) Add milk and vanilla. Mix well, blend in thawed cool whip. Use this mixture to frost cake. Keep cake refrigerated.

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351 calories, 10 grams fat, 58 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
one thing i suggest you put on the site is a picture of the finished product. :)

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Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
oh my goodness wonderful wonderful husband not a big fan on cake bot loved this.ty ty ty super super

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Like the other reviews, I didn't know what to do with the "2 cups water" so I just ignored it as it didn't make sense to use it anywhere in the recipe. Cake turned out great so maybe this needs to be edited to remove that ingredient from the list.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Would really like to know what to do with the second amount of water....before I attempt this recipe! Is it a typo or do we add the milk AND water the pudding and jello (dry)?

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This recipe sounds so good. Really looking forward to making it. I noticed as one on the other guest did that there are no instructions shown concerning the 2nd 2cups of water listed with the ingredients for the icing. Would someone who has used the recipe be so kind as to advise....should the 2nd "2cups of water" be ignored?

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Won me a lot of points with my boyfriends parents. I changed everything to sugar free And it was still amazing. I want to experiment with other flavors now.

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I have not had a response to this question. The recipe has 2 amounts of water. The first one is 2 cups water(1 hot and 1 cold to dissolve the jell-o. Why is there a second amount of 2 cups water? Is there a direction missing as to how to use it or is that a misprint. Please help. I loved the cake but I did not use the second 2 cups of water anywhere.

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What size pudding box, what size jello box...HELLO! They come in two sizes.

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
If a recipe doesn't specify a can or box size always use the standard size (which is usually the most common size and often comes with the most varieties). In this case the standard size is the smaller size.

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Jan 29, 2011

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I made this last night and it was great!! I used sugar free Pillsbury cake, sugar free jello and pudding mix, I used diet soda, skim milk and sugar free cool whip. Even with all the changes it still tasted great! Low sugar option great for diabetic.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My husband made me this cake for my birthday and it was by far the best cake i have ever had. im only 120lbs and i ate it all myself. GREAT RECIPE!!!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Frosting was amazing, cake was very good !

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This recipe is great! I made this cake for my mother's birthday who is a diabetic. I used the Pillsbury reduced sugar cake mix, diet orange soda, sugar free orange jello and sugar free pudding, and it came out superb!

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Made it for the first time and took it to work for a birthday party. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe! My 4-year-old even helped and thought it was neat pouring a soda into the cake mix.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Fantastic and easy! Made for a party of 12 and everyone left with a copy of the recipe!
Recommend letting cake cool for 30 min. before poking holes, and adding Jello mix.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I made this cake and immediately fell in luv with it, i totally reccomend it for neone who is a dreamsicle luver!!! enjoy :D

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I tried this reciepe for the first time it is very delicious. It taste just like a dreamsicle ice cream bar!!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This cake is awesome!!! Best orange cake I've ever had.

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