Lemonade Cupcakes

by Sugar on August 29, 2011 · 24 comments

Creamy Dreamy Lemonade Cupcakes Print

If you’re like me and you love the taste of lemonade you will love my Lemonade Cupcakes. Lemonade is one of those things that I just can’t seem to get enough of in the summertime. That tart sweet flavor seems to do the trick on a hot day like nothing else. I love the flavor so much I decided to make Lemonade Cupcakes. I combined the sweet tart taste of the lemonade with a creamy whipped frosting and it’s pure Cupcake Heaven!

Creamy Dreamy Lemonade Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Start to Finish: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings: 24 cupcakes



  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup powder lemonade drink mix
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 3 eggs


  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup powder lemonade drink mix
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 or 3 drops yellow food color, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Pour the water into a large bowl, add the powdered lemonade mix and mix well. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl as necessary until mixture is smooth. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.

Bake for 20-25 minutes

While cupcakes are baking, make the frosting by combing all the frosting ingredients in a bowl and mixing well with electric mixer until creamy. Add a little more milk if necessary for proper consistency and a few drops of yellow food coloring (if desired). Chill until ready to frost cupcakes.

When cupcakes are cool, frost and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve

Cook’s Notes:

For streaks of yellow in the frosting, add a few drops to a pastry bag, fill with frosting and then pipe onto cupcakes. This will give you a white and yellow streaked frosting.

For a yellow frosting just add a few drops to the cream cheese mixture when it is in the electric mixer.

For extra lemon flavor add a sprinkle of fresh lemon zest on top of each cupcake.

Fresh mint makes a nice garnish.

I originally developed this recipe for BettyCrocker.com.  If you like this recipe, please share it recipe with a friend.  Just click on the cute little icons below this sentence to share these on your Facebook page, twitter page, etc. with just one click!

christina says:

im going to have to make them for my grandchildren they will love them thank you so much

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh these are one of my favorites. Enjoy!!

krista says:

Is there butter listed because this is for the butter yellow betty crocker mix or do you use it with the plain yellow mix too?

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

You can use the yellow cake mix as well. Enjoy!

Kelsey says:

I am planning a ‘lemon’ themed wedding for next spring. I got so excited when I found this recipe!! My accent is raspberry inspired. Would this recipe work with a raspberry lemonade mix as well?!

Thanks for sharing it!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh how fun. Yes that would be yummy. Best of luck to you and let me know how it turns out. :)

Curious says:

That looks heavenly and mouthwatering! I was looking for the actual recipe on Betty Crocker’s website and couldn’t find it, I would really appreciate it if you could post it here, thank you!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I’m confused. The recipe and photo is right here where you posted this question. Are you not seeing it on your end?

Keep me posted.


Curious says:

Oh noo I meant like the actual recipe for the cake itself if I were to make it from scratch.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh OK!! :) LOL!! I don’t have one typed and ready to go. I’ll post it in a day or two.



Curious says:

Hahaha thank you so much!;*

I love lemonade, lemon drops (martinis!) and anything with lemon in it. Even in weddings this year, lemon is the hot color (with grey). I love your recipe and pics, I’m going to share and blog this!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I’m so glad you like it. Thanks for the feedback.

Sugar :)

maria says:

Can you make oateal cookies? they are for St.Jude.

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Yes I can make oatmeal cookies. I will be doing several cookies before Christmas so I will send out an email to my subscribers. Be sure to enter your email and name on the front page of my site so that you will get updates.

Sugar :)

Kathy says:

Hi Sugar,
I have a question regarding the lemonade powder drink mix. Is it the pre-sweetened kind? Thank you -they look so good!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:


Yes I used the pre sweetened kind. I actually used Country Time Lemonade. :)


These are stunning! As in I literally cant believe you made these kinda beautiful :) The cakes sound lovely but that frosting…my goodness i bet thats hard to resist eating my the spoonful! Gorgeous recipe indeed

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Thanks so much for the feedback. They are so yummy. I just might make them again this weekend. The frosting is the best part. I just love cream cheese. It needs to be chilled and piped with a few drops of food coloring in a pastry bag to get the pretty swirl. :)

Gloria says:

They look so pretty can’t wait to try them!!!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

You are gonna love them. :)