Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake Recipe


Monday night I made the most delicious cupcakes ever. They were so delicious, some folks in the tweetiverse even asked for the recipe. I was very flattered to see the response. So here it is.

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes:

  • Make the fluffy white cake from epicurious. (this makes over 3 1/2 doz cupcakes, so you may want to half the recipe). I’m sure any white cake recipe would do, but I really like this one.
  • Fill cupcake cups with a heaping spoonful of batter and bake at 350ยบ for 15-17 minutes.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool. Put the cupcakes in an airtight container and allow to rest for a few hours or overnight. If you don’t cover the cupcakes, they’ll dry out!
  • Make the lemon curd recipe from epicurious. You’ll want to half the recipe if you don’t want loads of leftovers & even if you’re making the full 3 1/2 dozen cupcakes. You could always just buy the curd if you wanted to.
  • Poke a hole in the middle of each cupcake using the back of a fork or knife.
  • Fill pastry bag with lemon curd & fill each hole with curd.
  • Make strawberry lemon icing (recipe below).
  • Fill pastry bag or plastic bag with frosting and frost each cupcake.
  • Garnish cupcakes with sliced strawberries just before serving.

Strawberry Lemon Icing
from the kitchen of Melissa Esplin
makes enough to frost about 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes

1 tablespoon lemon juice
4-6 fresh strawberries
1 cube or 1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar

Puree strawberries & lemon juice in a blender. Allow strawberries to macerate for about 10 minutes; it helps with the flavor. With a hand mixer beat strawberry mixture, butter and sugar until consistency is smooth. You may want to add more sugar or more lemon juice to get your preferred consistency. Frosting is perfect for sugar cookies, cupcakes, cakes, etc.

Hope you like them! Let me know if you have any questions about the recipe. I used the fluffy white cake recipe for Penelope’s birthday cake. It was really good, but I think this recipe works better as a cupcake. I don’t know what it is, but that’s just how I feel about it. Enjoy!!

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    1. Faith says:

      These look delicious! I love making lemon curd; I find it relaxing and slightly magical.

    2. Melissa says:

      Thank you, Faith!
      I’ve never made lemon curd until recently. It’s so much better than the store bought stuff.

    3. Shaela says:

      oh man, these looks soooo yummy! I am definitely going to try this out

    4. Those look amazing. What is it about the word “lemonade” that makes me think “cool and refreshing”? When I saw these, I thought, “Oh, what cool and refreshing cupcakes!” But I bet they’re not. They’re just yummy. Maybe I’ll make ’em and stick ’em in the fridge to make them cold. Or maybe I’ll just have to serve them with actual cold lemonade. Or maybe both. Thanks!

      • Melissa says:


        Strangely, they are refreshing! They’re not the kind of cupcake that makes you feel 100lbs heavier, they’re really light. Which can be a problem, since it’s so hard to eat just one.
        There’s something about mixing strawberry with lemon that’s so utterly delicious & spring/summery.

    5. Melissa these sound amazing! I just bought a huge tub of strawberries so this is perfect timing:)

    6. Erin says:

      Those cupcakes look insanely delicious!

    7. sara says:

      Melissa these cupcakes are amazing! My son love strawberries ,I’ll try to make your delicious cupcakes.
      xxx Sara

    8. Sarah says:

      These look amazing! And two of my pregnancy cravings right now are strawberries and lemonade! Goodness me – I must make these! (To make the baby happy, of course) *snicker*

    9. Lisa says:

      mmm–these look good. If only I’d seen them a few days earlier, I would have brought them to a baby shower. Thanks for the idea.

    10. Gennifer says:

      I’m SO making these.

    11. Rhonda says:

      Wow – these look fabulous! I might have to get to baking this weekend…

    12. natalie says:

      an answer to prayers, i was just going to look online for a white cupcake recipe for my addi’s 4th bday on saturday. thanks a million. seriously.

    13. Emily A says:

      oh my heaven, I want one so bad.

    14. Kathryn C says:

      I’m soo excited to try these!! I’ve been on a cupcake kick lately and just tried an amazing strawberry chocolate recipe!! Thanks for posting.

    15. Denise says:

      Oh my goodness, I am absolutely lusting after these cupcakes! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    16. So can’t wait to make the cupcakes, the look so yummy. when are we gonna have our tweeps play date?

    17. Ann says:

      Oooooooo! All I can say is YUMMY!

    18. […] Try this Strawberry Lemon Icing recipe! I’m dying […]

    19. Gina Salvi says:

      I made the filling for a white cake, oh my gosh it couldn’t taste any more delicious! It was even better than I was expecting it to taste. This is part of my 21st birthday cake, and it’s a beach party, going to be perfect for the occasion!! thanks for the recipe!

    20. arianna and karissa says:

      OMG these look aaaaaammmmmmaaaaazzzziiiinnnnggggg OOOOOMMMMGGGGGG! but i must ask what is that stuff in the icing anyway imma make these right now latez HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE

    21. irma9 says:

      I wish people would not post comments saying they’re going to try them. It makes it harder to get to the ones that actually tried them so we could read their input and tweaks.

    22. Julia Palamara says:

      How did you get your frosting thick? mine was so watery I couldn’t even pipe it on…

    23. Marissa says:

      I’m with Julia on this one – my frosting was like water – I even tried adding a block of cream cheese to help thicken it up, and that didn’t help at all. However it did taste delicious with the addition of the cream cheese.

    24. Sarah says:

      I made these 4 years ago and I’m still thinking about them, I was determined to find the recipe again, and I’m SO HAPPY to see the recipe is still here! Now these delicious cupcakes are going to make their appearance on Good Friday which is also my little girls first birthday, yay! Thanks Melissa

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