Watermelon Cupcakes

by aimee @ shugarysweets on June 24, 2012

Adorable Watermelon Cupcakes
We have been having a fantastic summer so far. I am so lucky to live near King’s Island, and have season passes. Between riding roller coasters and spending time at the water park, there is little time for much else in my day.
 
I’m exhausted.
 
However, another favorite thing we enjoy in summer is watermelon. We eat a whole melon every week in the summer. Actually, I cut a melon in the morning and it’s gone by bedtime, but I don’t buy another one for a week, or at least until my next shopping trip.

I really wanted to only use fresh watermelon juice in the frosting, but the flavor didn’t “burst” enough for me. So I added in 1/2tsp of watermelon-cherry Koolaid mix (the dry stuff). If you have access to watermelon flavoring (I was too lazy to go to the store to buy it), that would be a great substitute as well.

However, I must say, these tasted perfect. The lime flavored cupcake was so slight, but just enough to give a good base flavor. The melted white chocolate hardened and gives a little texture to your bite. I loved these.
Adorable Watermelon Cupcakes
 
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Watermelon Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 26-30 cupcakes

Ingredients

    For the cupcakes:
  • 1 box (18.25oz) white cake mix
  • 1 box (3oz) lime Jello (not sugar free)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • For the Topping:
  • 8oz white chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Koolaid powdered mix (watermelon-cherry Twist flavor)
  • 3-4 Tbsp watermelon puree (see note below) OR milk
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. For the cake, add cake mix, jello, egg whites, oil and water in a mixing bowl. Beat 2 minutes until blended. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. Do not overbake. Allow to cool completely.
  2. When cooled, spread melted white chocolate over top of each cupcake. While that sets, begin your frosting.
  3. To make watermelon puree, blend about 1/2 cup of fresh watermelon in a blender until smooth. If you want to substitute milk, that will work too, but I liked having some fresh watermelon in the frosting!
  4. In mixer, beat butter with powdered sugar, Koolaid mix and watermelon puree (or milk). Beat for about 3-5 minutes until fluffy and smooth. Using a decorator bag and tip (I used 6S), pipe frosting on each cupcake and immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. ENJOY!
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Jocelyn June 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Those are so very cute!!! I have a small confession…I don’t really like watermelon in any form! But for you I would try the cupcake…maybe my taste buds have changed? With all the chocolate and lime, I bet I would like it!! Funny thing is that I love the smell of the yankee candle watermelon scent:-)

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Aimee June 25, 2012 at 2:03 am

Oooh, I bet a candle scented like watermelon is nice! Although I prefer to eat my watermelon :)

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Holly June 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

These are so so cute! Perfect summer cupcakes :)

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Aimee June 25, 2012 at 2:02 am

Thanks Holly! They are the perfect summer cupcake!

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Erin June 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

These look fantastic! You are so lucky to be enjoying summer. It’s gross and rainy here =o(

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Aimee June 25, 2012 at 2:03 am

I hope it gets better for you soon!

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

How adorable are these? I bet these would get my kid to eat watermelon, ha. Such a great idea Aimee!

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Aimee June 25, 2012 at 2:04 am

Now if only I can hide meat in a cupcake, maybe my picky eater would eat it! Enjoy Dorothy

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Monica July 13, 2012 at 3:09 am

Cupcake Project has quite a few wacky meat-including cupcakes, even one with spam! {which is supposedly good}
though actually, I’m that picky vegetarian, too… :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Too cute and great idea with the watermelon-cherry Koolaid mix – now THAT will make the flavor pop!

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Aimee June 25, 2012 at 2:05 am

Thanks Averie!

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Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm

So fun! My girls will love these cupcakes! Thank you for sharing, Aimee!

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Aimee June 25, 2012 at 2:04 am

Thanks for stopping by! My kids devoured these (and I did too)!

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Zap Sweets June 25, 2012 at 8:40 am

These look absolutely superb and i bet they are very refreshing. Going to give these a try at the weekend.

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tanya June 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

I LOVE these! These are adorable. We love watermelon, it’s just what you eat in the summer, these cupcakes are perfect. I love Kings Island! Lots of memories there. I actually live “just down the road” in Batavia. Hope to get up to the waterpark this summer!

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Lisa @ Flour Me With Love June 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

These are so pretty! What a wonderful treat to make for my next picnic. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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Ladybird Ln June 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

These look darling, I might have to try them for the fourth of July!

Carlee
http://www.ladybirdln.com

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Julie @ Table for Two June 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

these are just too cute!! i saw them and it actually brought a smile to my face :)

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Aimee June 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Glad to make you smile Julie!

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Jen @ Savory Simple June 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I love the chocolate chips standing in for watermelon seeds! SO creative.

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Aimee June 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Can’t be responsible for that one, I’ve seen it before. Most times it’s been inside a strawberry cake decorated with green frosting. I just went the other way around!

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Krissy Sherman Bonning June 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm

LOVE how you used koolaid to flavor (and add color) to the frosting. That opens up so many possibilities! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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Winnie June 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm

These look beautiful and I really like the flavors – perfect to summer

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Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage June 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Super cute cupcakes!

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bakingwithbite June 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

These look delicious! I will for sure be making these this summer! Thanks for recipe!

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Alicia @Bakeaholic June 27, 2012 at 3:20 am

ok – these are too cute! I will Definitely! be making these!!

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Mindie Hilton June 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Adorable cupcakes!

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A Lived in Home June 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

These are so cute and delicious looking! If I ever throw a watermelon themed party, I would make these. Hope you have a great week! Come visit me and enter my giveaway going on.
http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/06/its-giveaway-time.html

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Christine @ First Home...Love Life June 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

So cute! Perfect for summer! I would love for you to come link up with me! http://www.firsthomelovelife.com/2012/06/features-and-whats-cooking-wednesday-6.html

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sugarswings June 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

so pretty! watermelon definitely makes everything happy and summery :)

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Ellen B Cookery June 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Amazing presentation! I love the icing!

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Recipes We Love June 29, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Super cute!

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Cindy's Recipes June 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

So cute! Sounds like a great taste combo!

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Emily July 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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Paula July 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

How fun for summer! We’d love for you to share these at our party!! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/06/recipe-round-up-23.html

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Liz July 7, 2012 at 5:47 am

GREAT idea!

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Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life July 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

These would be perfect for a backyard barbeque! They looked so yummy.
Just so you know, I featured you on today’s Show Off Saturday.
http://www.mydecoupagedlife.com/2012/07/show-off-saturday-bbq-recipes.html

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Anonymous July 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

My friends and family loved these! Thank you for a awesome recipe. I had no idea I could add jello into a cake

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Aimee July 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

So glad you enjoyed them!!

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Monica July 13, 2012 at 3:10 am

I love this idea and plan to make them soon… while sporting watermelon nails (thanks pinterest). I’ll let you know if I do a post with that! :)

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Aimee July 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

I’ve seen those watermelon nails. Send me a link if you do it!!

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Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart July 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Amiee, I just love the look of these little cuties!
cant wait to make them (or have my daughter make them!)

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Aimee July 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

Lark, thanks for stopping by, hope you and your daughter enjoy them!

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Aya Basil September 7, 2012 at 8:55 am

mmmmm, very interesting Idea
that proves creativity has no limit :)
ayasgoodies.blogspot.com

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Naomi May 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

why do you use only the egg whites?

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Naomi May 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

why do you only use the egg whites?

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aimee @ shugarysweets May 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm

By leaving the egg yolks out, the color of the cupcakes is much more vibrant!
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Naomi May 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Thank You!

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Naomi May 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm

sorry for all these questions but how should I melt the chocolate?

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