This Orange Cream Filling Recipe is light and creamy and surprisingly SIMPLE to create.
Because it's made with instant pudding and heavy whipping cream, it has a mousse-like quality and great flavor versatility with the addition of extracts.
For a wonderful lemon cream filling, you can use this recipe but add 1 teaspoon lemon extract rather than orange.
For a fabulous chocolate filling, simply eliminate the extracts from this recipe and substitute instant Chocolate Pudding.
It is In fact, you can find a link to our delicious, easy Chocolate Filling recipe here: Easy Chocolate Mousse Filling.
We often refer to these fillings as a mock mousse- they have great flavor and the consistency of a mousse filling, but can be made in minutes!
Orange Cream Filling Recipe
We love this easy and delicious Orange Cream Filling for cakes and cupcakes!
- 1 small box instant Vanilla pudding (3.4 oz/96g) We used Jello- Brand
- 2 c. (464g) heavy cream or whipping cream (plus additional if needed).
- 1 tsp. (4g) Orange Extract (we used McCormick)
Combine the pudding mix and heavy cream and orange extract in a mixing bowl. I prefer to mix with a hand held mixer, but a whisk is just fine too. If using a mixer, start on low speed until well combined. Then, switch to high speed and whip the pudding until thick and fluffy.
If mousse is too thick, mix in small amounts of heavy cream to reach desired consistency.
If mixing by hand, simply whisk rapidly for a couple of minutes or until mixture is nice and thick.
Refrigerate until ready to use. Cakes with this filling should be chilled until close to serving time.
We used this Orange Cream Filling recipe as the filling in our Orange Dreamsicle Cake Recipe and absolutely loved it. We hope that you enjoy it too!
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What do you do with the filling? Does it go in the middle? Looks like the frosting is in the middle also, mot sure what to do with the filling
Hi Craven, The filling is used between the cake layers. Don't spread too close to the edges, leave about a 1/2 inch space so it will not spread to the outside as the layers are stacked. This filling is perishable so the cake will need to be refrigerated. Remove from the refrigerator 1 to 2 hours in advance of serving .
Can you use cool whip instead of heavy cream? If not, can you use a sugar alternative?
Hi Michele, You could use sugar free instant vanilla pudding mix. Is this what you mean? Does this work for you?
Can I freeze a cake with this filling and thaw in fridge a few days to complete with cream cheese icing for a event.
Hi Angela, We have never frozen the filling. I am not sure if it would separate. You could freeze your cake layers individually in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. They can be frozen successfully for 2 months if kept airtight. Let them thaw on the counter top, when condensations forms on the aluminum foil unwrap and allow to continue to thaw. It is also fine to fill and frost when the cake layers are partially frozen. You could also prepare the filling a couple of days in advance and refrigerate. This would save you some time on the day you are ready to frost with cream cheese frosting.