Creamsicle Cake

My dad’s birthday was last week. We celebrated on Saturday, and as usual, I volunteered to bring the party cake. I went with a flavor I knew he would love – creamsicle!

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I tried to figure out how to make it without breaking the calorie bank. A while back, I had seen a great idea on pinterest. You add diet pop to cake mix (no eggs, no vegetable oil), and it help keeps the calories down. I decided to give it a whirl.

This cake needs only 4 ingredients:

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White cake mix, 12 oz of diet orange pop, a tub of cool whip, and an orange.

Start by pouring the cake mix into a bowl. Add 12 oz (1.5 cups) of pop. I stirred it a few times with a plastic spoon, then used a hand mixer for about a minute.

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Next, cut the orange in half. Zest half the orange and add it to the batter. Squeeze that half’s juice in as well, and use the mixer for another 30 seconds.

I decided to make a 3 layer cake, so I poured a third of the batter into each 9 inch cake pan.

Bake each layer for about 16-20 minutes, turning once half way.

Let the layers cool completely.

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While the cake is cooling, start making the frosting.

Pour the cool whip into a bowl. Zest the other half of the orange and squeeze the juice out of it. Add to the frosting.

Put one layer of cake on a place. Scoop a generous layer of cool whip on top.

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Do the same two more times. Use the remainder of the frosting to fully cover the cake.

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Keep refrigerated until serving.

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