This Orange Creamsicle Buttercream tastes just like a frozen creamsicle and is perfect on graham crackers, sugar cookies and cakes! 

I’m back with ANOTHER vanilla bean recipe. I just cannot get enough.

Top view of graham crackers topped with frosting in decorative patterns.

One of my favorite childhood drinks was a homemade Orange Julius. We made them at home with frozen orange juice concentrate, milk, sugar, ice, and vanilla. The vanilla is what makes this drink special.

My mom suggested doing a vanilla bean Orange Julius with the fantastic vanilla products that Beanilla sent me, but I wanted to do something a little different. Now, I realize it might be a little confusing that I am talking about an Orange Julius and calling this recipe Orange Creamsicle Buttercream. They have the same flavors and I feel like Orange Creamsicle is more recognizable.  Am I wrong? Do people know about Orange Juliuses? Julius’s? Julius’? Juliui?

Now I’m confused and in need of a grammar lesson.

Orange halves on small cutting board with zest and zester.

Getting back to the point, I love taking fantastic flavors and making them into a buttercream. This frosting tastes amazing on cookies, cake, or cupcakes, but….I’ve been busy, just too busy to bake.

Little E loves graham crackers, and really, who doesn’t? I always have them on hand, and they caught my eye while I was making this frosting. Frosted graham crackers are a perfect little treat. The graham crackers make a perfect base because they aren’t too sweet, which is a good thing with a super sweet frosting.

Feel free to use the frosting on cake, too. This recipe makes about two cups of frosting which is plenty for a 9 x1 3 cake.

Closeup of hand holding pastry bag filled with frosting.

I use vanilla bean paste for this recipe. If you’re not familiar with it–here’s what Beanilla has to say about it:

“We are all familiar with vanilla extract, the most popular flavor in the world. Now we offer the same full-bodied vanilla flavor with a unique twist: the addition of the distinctive vanilla seeds in a rich concentrated paste. Use vanilla bean paste’s thicker viscosity to flavor cakes, puddings, cookies, custards, icing, frostings, whipped cream, ice cream or anywhere the flavor and appearance of vanilla bean is desired. Using vanilla bean paste saves the effort of scraping the seeds from the whole vanilla bean.”

To sum things up, it’s the cat’s meow. I was new to it, but I love it. I love to see those little vanilla bean specks.

Overhead of jar of Beanilla Vanilla Paste on its side, showing label.


Overhead of single graham cracker frosted decoratively.

Orange Creamsicle Buttercream with Vanilla Beans

Yield: about 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Orange Creamsicle Buttercream tastes just like a frozen creamsicle and is perfect on graham crackers, sugar cookies and cakes! 


  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream


    1. In a large bowl, blend all ingredients except milk together using an electric mixer. Add milk in one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
    2. Spread on cake, cupcakes, cookies or graham crackers.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 27gProtein: 0g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Closeup of single graham cracker with frosting in decorative swirls.

Husband’s take: He loved this orange creamsicle frosting too. I was surprised, because he’s more into all things traditional. I told him how shocked I was that he liked it, and he said “Well, don’t get me wrong, I like plain vanilla frosting better.” He was probably worried that my next concoction would be really off the wall.

Closeup of single graham cracker covered with frosting piped on, and sprinkled with orange jimmies.

Disclaimer: I received free products and was compensated for this post but all opinions of the vanilla are 100% my own. As always. I’m really crazily in love with vanilla beans and Beanilla is the only place I buy them.