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Sweet Treats Week: Recipe #3

July 22, 2010

Orange Pineapple Sunshine Cupcakes

Doesn’t the name alone just make you smile? I’ve never met a more cheerful, upbeat dessert! If you have a summer birthday coming up, these are a fun alternative to typical ice cream cakes. They have a wonderfully delicate tropical-meets-vanilla flavor. And they feel very  light and airy – thanks to applesauce as a substitute for oil and whip cream frosting. Plus, with oranges, pineapples and applesauce – it’s practically like eating a fruit salad! At least that’s what I told myself as I ate one for breakfast this morning…

And as if sunshine cupcakes weren’t cute enough – these adorable little birds and happy striped wrappers take things to a whole new level.

You can make this recipe in cupcake form or as a layer cake, which is what my mom always used to do. Cupcakes are lots of fun, but the layer cake looks very elegant in a glass cake stand; the colors of the creamy yellow frosting and yellow-orange cake play so nicely together.

Orange-Pineapple Sunshine Cupcakes or Cake (Serves 21 or 16)


1 box yellow cake mix
1/4 cup applesauce
4 eggs
1 can mandarin oranges in light syrup (11 oz.)


1 8 oz. container Cool Whip (Lite or Regular)
1 pkg (3-4 oz.) INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
1 can (15 1/2 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice

1) Preheat oven to 350 deg.  In a large bowl, stir together all the cake ingredients until moist.  Beat by hand for 2 minutes. Chop up the oranges as you mix.

2) Line a muffin pan with cupcake papers or coat a 13×9 cake pan with cooking spray.  Pour the batter into the papers/pan.  Bake cupcakes for
25 minutes or bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool completely.

3) Frosting: In a large bowl, mix together all the frosting ingredients until well blended.  Spread over the cupcakes/cake.  Store in fridge. Enjoy!

orange pineapple cupcakes


  • Reply Genevieve July 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    these are amazing!

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