Creamy Dreamy Lemonade Cupcakes

Blogger Arlene Cummings of Cooking With Sugar shares a favorite recipe. Nothing says summertime like lemonade, except Lemonade Cupcakes. These sunny cupcakes will brighten up any party.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24

Cupcakes

1 1/4
cups water
1/2
cup presweetened lemonade flavor drink mix
1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
1/2
cup butter, softened
3
eggs

Frosting

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup butter, softened
3
cups powdered sugar
1/2
cup presweetened lemonade flavor drink mix
3
tablespoons milk
2
or 3 drops yellow food color, if desired

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 Pour water into large bowl. Add 1/2 cup lemonade drink mix; mix well. Add remaining cake ingredients; beat with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat 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.
  • 3 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans to cooling racks; cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat all frosting ingredients except food color with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. If necessary, add a little more milk until mixture is spreadable. For a yellow frosting, beat in a few drops yellow food color. Refrigerate until ready to frost cupcakes.
  • 5 Frost cooled cupcakes. Refrigerator until ready to serve. Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

For streaks of yellow in the white frosting, add a few drops food color to the side of a decorating bag. Fill with frosting and pipe onto cupcakes. This will give you a white and yellow streaked frosting.

For extra lemon flavor, add a sprinkle of grated fresh lemon peel on the top of each cupcake.

Fresh mint makes a nice garnish.