Lemonade Cupcakes are Perfect for a Summer Pool Party!

I adore summer party season and having this handy lemonade cupcake recipe this year is my plan. Because, frankly lemon cupcakes are ah-mazing.

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These easy lemonade cupcakes are so fun and perfect for a summer party!

Lemonade Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love to beat the summer heat with a long, fun dip in the pool. And we LOVE to invite friends over to do the same. So, I like to have some cupcakes in mind ready to bake and serve to all the hungry people that find their way out of the pool come a random afternoon.


This year, I’m planning to have lemonade cupcakes in mind to keep my guests snack-happy. They’re light, fluffy and definitely one of the best cupcakes you’ll ever enjoy. If you’re ready for a lemon cupcake to burst on your tongue, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Lemon Cupcakes

  • Start with your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe. If you’re anything like me, you definitely need a “no-fail” cupcake in your life, so I always fall back on my Lazy Girl cupcakes. Done right every time–as long as you can follow a basic recipe.
  • If you want to make your guests REALLY pucker-up, you can crush some Lemonheads candy into a light dust and pack it into the center of your cupcake like sprinkles in a surprise cupcake.
  • If your heart is just set on it, you can make a cream cheese frosting, sure. But the best, most light and fluffy frosting you can pipe with a decorating bag is this awesome homemade buttercream in this recipe, with confectioners sugar and all the lemon flavor you could ever dream of.
  • Always always always let your cupcakes cool to room temperature before you frost them because warm frosting is no fun. You’re just asking for the frosting to just melt off on the counter then. LOL!
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How to Make This Yummy Lemonade Cupcake Recipe

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 12 Delicious Lemonade Cupcakes

Lemonade Cupcakes

lemonade cupcake recipe

You're not going to find a more summerlicious cupcake than these lemonade cupcakes. So light and fluffy--I want more!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice concentrate
  • 2 T. lemon zest
  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 16 oz. pkg. powdered sugar
  • Optional garnish: lemon drops or lemonhead candies


  1. Before baking your cupcakes, swap 1/2 cup of the liquid it calls for in your recipe with 1/2 cup of lemon juice concentrate into the batter.
  2. Finish baking your cupcakes per the directions in the recipe and allow them cool completely before decorating.
  3. To make the frosting, cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  4. Blend in the vanilla completely.
  5. Gradually beat in powdered sugar in 1/3 increments.
  6. Pipe icing onto each of the cupcakes and enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make lemonade cupcakes


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 0gSugar: 38gProtein: 1g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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