Lemonade Cupcakes

These babies are GOOD. Personally I think the best cupcakes I have ever made.

I like lemon. I love lemonade. It’s pretty standard that I order it wherever I go.

I saw these cute little mini cakes on Kristan’s [hilarious] blog Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. I knew lemonade was going to be somewhere in my near future.

I decided to go regular lemonade on this, because it’s my favorite. And sometimes you don’t want to mess with a good thing.

Lemonade Cupcakes adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


1 box vanilla or white cake mix (I like to use Betty Crocker. She’s my gal.)

1 can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

3 eggs

1/3 cup water

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1. Mix 1 cup of the lemonade concentrate with the rest of the ingredients. 30 seconds on slow, scrape the bowl, then 2 minutes on medium.


2. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 the way.


3. Let batter sit in cupcake liners for about 10 minutes undisturbed. I always do this now when I make cupcakes. The tops bake more evenly (instead of looking like giant nipples when they come out of the oven.)

4. Bake at 350* for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Let cool completely before frosting.

Lemonade Frosting – adapted from my own buttercream recipe


1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened or cut up into small pieces

1 lb powdered sugar

1 tbsp meringue powder

2 tbsp lemonade concentrate (you have plenty leftover from above)

5 tsp milk

1. Mix all ingredients together. It will be thick and weird at first, but trust me just keep mixing. Once all the powdered sugar is incorporated (we don’t want a snowstorm here) turn the mixer up to medium/high. It will get smooth.

2. Pipe on, or spread it on – it doesn’t matter. Whatever is faster for you so that you can pop one in your mouth as soon as possible.

Don’t forget to share!!!

The cupcakes below are the same recipe, but I colored the frostings for my cake decorating class.









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5 responses to “Lemonade Cupcakes

  1. Carol

    Carrie, these are awesome!! Teriffic decorating job! How about some for Easter with decorated bunnies or little eggs on top?

    • Eggs I could probably do, bunnies would be hard. Unfortunately I have overbooked my next 2 weeks and won’t have time to make anything special for Easter besides cookies. šŸ˜¦

  2. Kristan is hilarious and all of your cupcakes are beautiful. Especially love the ones adorned with the delicate little roses.

  3. oh my gosh I am totally impressed…these are absolutely beautiful! I did a cupcake pin wheel tutorial that I thought was “eastery” but this for sure beats me by a mile! You sure are talented!

    You should come check out my blog all about color! I think you’d really enjoy it! šŸ™‚


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