Gluten-Free Orange Creamsicle and Dark Chocolate 2-Layer Cake


Orange Creamsicle and Dark Chocolate Two-Layer Cake with Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe by Inspiration Bakery and Mixes Founder, Debbie, represents one of her more creative efforts: one layer of Orange Creamsicle cake topped by a layer of our Delicious Chocolate Cake. This cake packs big flavor and pleases family and friends. Surprise them!
As a TIP: Make sure you do the first step in the recipe as it prepares you to quickly mix the chocolate cake after mixing the orange creamsicle cake.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • Oven
  • 8" or 9" Cake Pans (2, round or square)
  • Shortening or Vegetable Oil Spray)
  • Dry Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Liquid Measuring Cup
  • Spoons
  • Wire Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Cake Spatula
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cooling Rack
  • Cake Plate
  • Stand Mixer


Delicious Chocolate Cake Mix

  • 1 3/4 Cups Inspiration Bakery and Mixes Delicious Chocolate Cake Mix About 270grams
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Butter
  • 2 Whole Eggs (large)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cup Milk of Choice

Orange Creamsicle Cake

  • 1 1/4 Cup Inspiration Bakery and Mixes All-Purpose Baking Mix
  • 2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine (softened)
  • 2 Whole Eggs (large)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Orange Extract
  • 1/2 Tablespoon White Distilled Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise or Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Milk of Your Choice
  • 2 Oranges (zested)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Orange Juice You can use the juice from the two zested oranges to make the 1/4 cup of orange juice needed

Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese (1 package, softened)
  • 1/2 Cup Butter (softened)
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


Orange Creamsicle Cake

  • Turn oven on 350F°.
  • Use tapioca flour and shortening or oil spray to grease two round cake pans.
  • Parchment paper to turn cake onto while cooling on wire racks.
  • Put all wet ingredients for the orange creamsicle cake in your stand mixer bowl.
  • Blend on low for about 30 seconds.
  • Scrape the bowl and add dry ingredients. Wet ingredients will be a little lumpy
  • Blend on medium-high for about 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl at least once.
  • Place batter in one of the prepared baking pans and set aside.

Delicious Chocolate Cake

  • No need to clean your stand mixer's bowl or beaters. The orange flavor will not transfer to the chocolate cake as the residual is minimal.
  • Follow the directions for the chocolate cake recipe on the back of the mix. Remember, you are making half a recipe! Place batter in pan.
  • Place both pans into your pre-heated oven. Bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into each comes out fairly clean.
  • Place both pans on your wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, turn your cakes out onto parchment paper to completely cool before frosting. Keep on your wire rack while cooling.
  • When cool, place the first layer on your serving dish, add a layer of icing (recipe below) and then put the second cake on top of the icing on the first layer.

Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Clean your mixing bowl. Then, place cream cheese and butter in the bowl and beat until creamy. It takes about 30 seconds but you should stop and scrape the sides several times.
  • Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the powdered sugar, scraping the bowl several times. Add the vanilla and turn the mixer on high. Blend until your frosting is fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
  • Frost the cake with the Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. You can tint the frosting for color or add orange juice for additional flavor. You can also drizzle melted semi-sweet chocolate chips or melted white chocolate chips (be sure to add little butter when melting chips). Time to be creative!

Tips to frost your cake

  • Place a dollop of frosting in the middle of the cake plate to help the cake stay in place while frosting. Place the first layer on the plate.
  • Add about 1/3 of the frosting to the top of the first layer, making sure that when you place the second layer on top, it will spill out the sides. Spread the frosting evenly on the top of the first layer using a cake spatula.
  • When you put the second layer on top of the first, press gently down allowing the frosting to spill over the sides of the first layer a little bit. The goal is to have enough frosting pushing out that, when you frost the outside, it will not leave an indentation when the two layers meet.
  • Place most of the remaining frosting on the top of the cake leaving about 1/2 cup for touch up. Carefully spread the top icing, spilling it over and down the sides. Using your spatula, smooth out the sides by running the spatula around the outside of the cake by holding the spatula in place and slowly spinning your plate. You can do this several times until you get it the way you like it. Use the remaining frosting to shore up and fill in any spots you see.
  • Take a napkin and carefully wipe around the bottom of the cake that touches the plate removing excess frosting for a great presentation.
Keyword Cake, Chocolate cake, Creamsicle Cake, Gluten-free, Orange Cake, Orange Creamsicle Cake

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