Cherry Limeade Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

There are a few tragic facts about living in Hawaii. One of them is that we don’t have Sonic. On the hottest days of the summer, you cannot drive in to a Sonic and order a large cherry limeade. Tragic.

When the sweet folks at Duncan Hines offered to send me a couple of samples of their frosting creations, I chose cherry vanilla as one of my flavors. It’s not summer without cherry limeade.

Duncan Hines Frosting Creations

The lime cupcakes are from Brown Eyed Baker‘s margarita cupcakes. I left the tequila out this time, but you don’t have to. I wanted to try the frosting the way it was intended the first time around. I don’t usually use premade frosting, and if you don’t look at the ingredient list, it tastes totally awesome. It’s a fairly thin frosting, I assume so that you can easily stir in the flavor mix. That’s why I decided to spread it instead of pipe it. It basically tastes exactly like a cherry Laffy Taffy.

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

This cupcake is awesome, but guess what is even awesomer. At the moment this posts I will be on a plane to New Jersey. I won a giveaway on the awesome blog, Crazy for Crust, to visit the test kitchen at Duncan Hines. I’ll get to meet a whole bunch of bloggers that I follow, as well as some talented bakers who all won recipe contests to earn their place. I basically just got super lucky. One of these things does not belong.

I am so excited for this opportunity. I’ll probably completely geek out and act like an idiotic fan girl. I doubt I’ll ever be able to participate in anything like this again, so I’m definitely going to try to make the most of it.

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

Have a cupcake, kids. It tastes like summer.

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
Yields 12
A sweet summery cherry limeade cupcake almost makes up for never being able to go to Sonic.
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Total Time
50 min
Total Time
50 min
For the cupcakes
  1. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. zest and juice of 1 lime
  8. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 10 drops green food coloring (optional)
  10. 1/2 cup buttermilk
For the frosting
  1. 1 packet cherry vanilla frosting creations (Duncan Hines)
  2. 1 container frosting creations frosting starter (Duncan Hines)
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and line cupcake tin with cute cupcake papers.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. With a mixer on medium high, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Turn the mixer down to medium and beat in eggs one at a time.
  5. Mix in zest and lime juice, and vanilla. Finally, add the food coloring, if you want.
  6. Turn the mixer down to low and add a third of the flour mixture, then half of the butttermilk, another third of the flour, the rest of the buttermilk, then the last of the flour.
  7. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula and give it all one last mix.
  8. Scoop the batter evenly into your twelve cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
For the frosting
  1. Stir the flavor packet into the frosting. Give it a good mix to make sure the color is consistent all the way through.
  2. Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
  3. Pretend you're cruising down the highway in your air conditioned car and eat up.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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3 thoughts to “Cherry Limeade Cupcakes”

  1. These sound so refreshing! I’m totally in fall mode already here in Maryland, but I can see myself whipping these up around next July. 🙂 Have a fabulous time on your trip — very exciting!

    1. It’s hard to keep up with the seasons out here. It’s still close to 90 in the middle of the ocean. I hope you enjoy these when the sun returns to Maryland.

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