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Lemonade Cupcakes

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I LOVE lemonade.  It’s sweet, tart, tangy, and super refreshing. The inspiration behind this little cupcake was simple – lemonade is awesome!  Everything should be made in cupcake form, right?  These are super simple to make and absolutely decadent.  The cream cheese frosting boasts a hint of lemonade flavor, too, which knocks this one out of the park. Enjoy these, and be sure to share! 🙂

What you need:

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup lemonade concentrate (thawed)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

LEMONADE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemonade concentrate (thawed)

Make them:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan (this silicone muffin pan is my absolute favorite!) with cute cupcake liners.  Check these cupcake liners out – perfect for this recipe! Spray with baking spray, and set aside.

In your mixer, combine the lemon cake mix, eggs, water and oil.  Mix until just combined.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with batter.  

Bake for 13-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While they are baking, make the lemonade drizzle.  Combine the 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate and the 3/4 cup powdered sugar with a whisk. 

Place cupcakes on cooling rack,  and poke about 5 holes in each with the end of a straw.  

While they are still warm, cover them with a spoonful of lemonade/powdered sugar  mixture , allowing it to get into the holes.  After they’ve cooled to room temperature, do this a second time.  More mixture = more tart lemonade flavor!

MAKE THE FROSTING

Combine the cream cheese and butter and beat for a full 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.

Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, while mixing on low speed.

Add about 3 tablespoons lemonade concentrate and continue to mix until you reach the perfect frosting consistency. 

Frost your cupcakes, and cut colorful straws as a decoration!

ENJOY!

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5 from 5 votes

Lemonade Cupcakes

Lemonade is fun, refreshing, sweet, tart, and simple. That flavor makes for a perfectly delicious cupcake!

Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup lemonade concentrate thawed
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

LEMONADE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemonade concentrate thawed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan (this silicone muffin pan is my absolute favorite!) with cute cupcake liners.  Check these cupcake liners out - perfect for this recipe! Spray with baking spray, and set aside.
  • In your mixer, combine the lemon cake mix, eggs, water and oil.  Mix until just combined.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with batter.
  • Bake for 13-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • While they are baking, make the lemonade drizzle.  Combine the 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate and the 3/4 cup powdered sugar with a whisk.
  • Place cupcakes on cooling rack,  and poke about 5 holes in each with the end of a straw.
  • While they are still warm, cover them with a spoonful of lemonade/powdered sugar  mixture , allowing it to get into the holes.  After they've cooled to room temperature, do this a second time.  More mixture = more tart lemonade flavor!

MAKE THE FROSTING

  • Combine the cream cheese and butter and beat for a full 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, while mixing on low speed.
  • Add about 3 tablespoons lemonade concentrate and continue to mix until you reach the perfect frosting consistency.
  • Frost your cupcakes, and cut colorful straws as a decoration!

ENJOY!

    Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

    10 Comments

    1. Hannah Chase Reply

      Oh wow, these look delectable! I love lemon flavor desserts and I love cupcakes so that’s a great combo!

    2. 5 stars
      I like the double whammy of lemon in these cupcakes. The straws in them might lead to food fights….

    3. LeAnn Harbert Reply

      My son loves lemonade. I’ll have to make these for him.

    4. This is perfect for my niece’s birthday. I can’t wait to try the recipe.

    5. 5 stars
      I have never heard of these before but they look and sound great!

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