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Cherry Limeade Cupcakes are the perfect summertime dessert. A sweet cherry cupcake topped with a tangy buttercream frosting. Don't forget the cherry on top!

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

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The perfect summertime cupcakes! Cherry limeade is such a refreshing drink during the summer months. Flavored with fresh limes and maraschino cherry juice, these cupcakes are full of summer flavor.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 24 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 379 kcal


  • 15.25 ounce box white cake mix with NO pudding
  • 3.4 ounce box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice cherries reserved
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 12 ounces Cherry 7UP 1 can equivalent
  • red food coloring optional


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp grated lime zest
  • green food coloring optional



    • Preheat oven to 350 F. Place cupcake liners in muffin pans.
    • In a medium bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer, combine and mix all ingredients on medium speed for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. If desired, stir in a few drops of red food coloring until batter is pink.
    • Pour mixture into prepared muffin pan. Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcakes comes out clean. Let cool completely.
    • Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. Place butter in a large bowl and beat with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add 5 cups of powdered sugar, salt, lime juice, and lime zest. Mix until a thick and creamy consistency is achieved. Add more powdered sugar until the frosting is of a good spreading (or piping) consistency. Mix in a tiny amount of green food coloring if you’d like the frosting to have a green tint.
    • Pipe or spread frosting atop cooled cupcakes. Top each cupcake with one of the reserved cherries. Poke one half of a Twizzlers Cherry Twist into the top of each cupcake, to resemble a straw.


    If you’re like me and pile on the frosting, you may need to double the frosting recipe. If you have any frosting leftover, it’s a bonus!


    Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 231mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 1gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 355IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword cherry limeade, cherry limeade cupcakes, cupcakes
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