Dreamy Orange Creamsicle Mousse

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Enjoy a refreshing and light Orange Creamsicle Mousse that’s easy to make and always a hit at gatherings! These dessert cups are perfect for summer with their bright, citrusy flavor and creamy texture.

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Dreamy Orange Creamsicle Mousse

Achieving the Creamsicle Flavor

This mousse recipe captures the classic creamsicle taste by combining real orange juice and orange extract with a base of powdered sugar and cream cheese. The result is a dreamy, creamy dessert that mimics the beloved frozen treat.

What is Mousse?

Mousse is a lighter, airier version of pudding. To achieve the perfect consistency, it’s crucial to use room temperature ingredients and to fold in whipped topping into a fluffy cream cheese base. Using a hand-held or stand mixer will help achieve the ideal creamy texture.

Dreamy Orange Creamsicle Mousse

How to Make Orange Creamsicle Mousse

This mousse is simple to make, but a few key tips can make the process even smoother.

Room Temperature Cream Cheese

Ensure your cream cheese is completely lump-free by beating it with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Start with cream cheese at room temperature. To quickly warm it, place the unboxed, foil-wrapped cream cheese in a bowl of hot water for about 15 minutes. Alternatively, let it sit out on the counter for a few hours.

Orange Extract

If you don’t have orange extract, you can substitute it with additional fresh orange juice. Here’s the conversion:

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice = 1/2 teaspoon orange extract

Dressing Up Your Mousse

To make this dessert extra special, top it with a dollop of whipped cream and a small wedge of fresh orange. For an elegant touch, sprinkle with shortbread cookie crumbs and add a sprig of fresh mint.

Chilling the Mousse

Chilling is essential to achieve the light, airy, yet firm texture of the mousse. Refrigerate for at least one hour, and up to three days. If storing for longer, add garnishes just before serving to maintain their freshness.

This recipe yields 3-4 servings depending on your dish size. For larger gatherings, consider doubling or tripling the recipe.

Dreamy Orange Creamsicle Mousse

Homemade Whipped Topping

Homemade whipped topping enhances the flavor. Simply whip 1 cup of heavy cream with 1-2 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar until stiff peaks form.

Dreamy Orange Creamsicle Mousse


  • 12 ounces (340 grams) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (125 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • Juice of 1 orange, about ¼ cup (60 milliliters)
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup (238 grams) whipped topping, plus more for garnish


Prepare the Cream Cheese:

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy.

Combine Ingredients:

Add the confectioners’ sugar, orange juice, orange extract, and salt. Beat until well combined.

Fold in Whipped Topping:

Gently fold in the whipped topping until fully incorporated.

Chill the Mousse:

Divide the orange mousse into serving cups and refrigerate uncovered until thickened, about 1 hour to 24 hours.


When ready to serve, top with additional whipped topping and garnish as desired.

Dreamy Orange Creamsicle Mousse

Enjoy your delightful Orange Creamsicle Mousse, a perfect summer dessert!

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