Semi Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes: These wonderful semi homemade cupcakes are just what you need for your summer celebrations! With a light and fluffy lemon cake, the perfect lemon glaze and an amazing homemade strawberry butter frosting. These Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes will be the hit of the party. Plus….no one will know it all started with a cake mix!
Add a Punch of Flavor and Crunch!
Tips for a Tender Moist Cake or Cupcakes
Good ingredients equals great taste. To send your guests straight to cupcake heaven use only the best ingredients. Like real butter, real vanilla and dark dutch cocoa.
Never over bake a cupcake. You can never save an over baked cupcake. You’re doing it right when your cupcakes look slightly sunken, rather than peaked. Test them with a toothpick if you’re unsure–if no batter clings to the pick, they’re done.
Mix batter with a light hand. Baking fluffy, moist cupcakes is all about creating air bubbles in your batter that expand in the oven. If you over mix your batter, you collapse those bubbles. To avoid this mix on a low speed, stopping just as all ingredients blend.
Let all ingredients come to room temperature before baking. All ingredients incorporate into batter mush more easily if they’re at similar temperatures.
Baking in advance? Freeze cupcakes. If you’re baking to eat right away, we recommend storing cupcakes at room temperature. But if they’re for tomorrow, freezing will retain their moisture much better than leaving them on a counter overnight.
Easy to Make Strawberry Butter Frosting
HOW TO STORE FROSTING
TIPS FOR A LIGHT AND FLUFFY FROSTING
Good ingredients “real” butter not margarine
Room temperature ingredients
Be patient…you’ll need to whip the frosting at least 3 to 5 minutes (sometimes I do this step twice). This will allow air to incorporate into the butter and create the lightness you want.
That’s it! It’s really not as hard as you might think.
These wonderful semi homemade cupcakes are just what you need for your summer celebrations! With a light and fluffy lemon cake, the perfect lemon glaze and an amazing homemade strawberry butter frosting.
For the Lemon Cupcakes:
1 white cake mix (I like Pillsbury)
1 (3.4 ounce) instant lemon pudding mix
¾ cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 cup lemon-lime soda
For the Lemon Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
For the Strawberry Butter Cream Frosting:
1 teaspoon pink or strawberry lemonade powder + 2 tablespoons warm water
½ cup chopped fresh strawberries, room temperature
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons strawberry extract
2 pounds powdered sugar
For the Topping:
1 tablespoon pink or strawberry lemonade powder
For the Lemon Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line cupcake wells with cupcake liners and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, oil, and eggs; beat on medium speed for 1 minute.
Gradually beat in soda. Using an ice cream scoop, fill wells 2/3 full.
Bake 16 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
While cupcakes are baking combine powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
Let baked cupcakes rest in pan for 10 minutes, take out of pan and onto a wire cooling rack, with a spoon drizzle lemon glaze over each cupcake until all the glaze is gone.
Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with pink or strawberry lemonade powder.
For the Glaze:
In a small bowl combine the sugar and lemon juice; stir until sugar is dissolved.
For the Strawberry Butter Cream Frosting:
In a small bowl, add the pink or strawberry lemonade powder and warm water.
Stir until dissolved; set aside.
Puree the fresh chopped strawberries in a food processor or blender; set aside.
In a mixer, beat butter until soft and fluffy; add strawberries, strawberry extract, lemonade mixture and combine well ( about 3 minutes).
Mix in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until fluffy (for best results mix on medium high 3 minutes).
Add a sprinkle of the pink or strawberry lemonade powder to the top of each frosted cupcake.
Did you make this recipe? Pin it for Later!
Mention @Lady Behind the Curtain or tag #ladybehindthecurtain
What a wonderful flavor combination! 🙂 Yes, a frosty mug sounds like a great start! What a cute way to serve it with a straw! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.
What a fun recipe!
I’d like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/05/05/homemade-coffee-creamer/
What a great treat. I just love this recipe and can’t wait to try it out. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!
Such a cute way to serve it!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!
This week on THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS we are looking for “brunch recipes”. We’d love for you to come link up this tasty looking recipe!
These look so cool! Can’t wait to try them. I love strawberries and lemons together. Thanks for linking to Sweet Indulgences Sunday on A Well-Seasoned Life! Kim
Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!
How pretty and yummy-looking! Thanks for sharing on Mangia Mondays!
Such a cute idea! I would love for you to link up some of your recipes to Made it on Monday…a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK PARTY I host on my blog.
*Links are open every WED.-SAT.*
I hope to see you there soon. 🙂
What a darling idea! Love creative minds like yours! I found you at Lark’s Made it on Monday.
What a fun looking dessert. Just perfect for spring and strawberry time.
What a fun different drink/dessert. Great job.
Thanks so much for linking your delicious cupcake recipe at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday! Hope to see you again this week!
Love your presentation! Such a cute idea that makes me smile. 🙂
Pingback:American Beverage Association Blog » Blog Archive » Enjoy the Holiday Weekend!
How fun! Love how you displayed them in a mug!
Thanks for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!
Thanks for linking up at our Cupcake Celebration linky!! I saw you on my
page, I LOVE these cupcakes what a great idea!! Thanks again for sharing!
Please come by and link this CUTE recipe up for STRAWBERRY week on THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS! It’s so cute!
These look fabulous.
Hi! Love your blog!!! Just stopping by from Six Sisters Stuff Blog Hop! Now following along!!! Would love for you to stop by my blog, LeMoine Family Kitchen, http://lemoinefamilykitchen.blogspot.com
I made these for a friend’s birthday and they were delicious! Love the strawberry buttercream.
WooHoo Christie! 🙂
Made these this week for my family. According to my three teenage boys, these are the greatest cupcakes ever. We all loved them. Thanks Sheryl!
That’s awesome Jeanne! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂