Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

I cheated when I made these. I used a box cake mix.

I don’t use cake mix often. But sometimes, life calls for it. Like when my daughter asks me to bake cupcakes for her swim team, giving me two days notice.

And of course, it’s during a crazy insane week. Yes, part of the craziness includes watching 4 hours of tour de france. Get over it.

But, they tasted great, and that’s what matters. Oh, and you could just use lemon cake mix, but whatever. I had this on hand and I made it work!

The frosting though is the key to these cupcakes. Tangy raspberry lemonade concentrate gives it some zing!

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Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

by Shugary Sweets
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (26-30 cupcakes)

    For the Cupcakes:

    • 1 box (18.25oz) white cake mix
    • 1 box (3oz) lemon jello powder
    • 3 egg whites
    • 1/3 cup canola oil
    • 1 1/4 cup water

    For the Frosting:

    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 7 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/2 cup frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed
    • 2 drops red food coloring
    For the cake, add cake mix, jello, egg whites, oil and water in a mixing bowl. Beat 2 minutes until blended. Fill cupcake liners half full and baking in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
    For the frosting, beat butter, powdered sugar, raspberry lemonade and food coloring on high for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Fill a decorator bag (I used tip 2D) and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with sparkly coarse sugar if desired.

    43 Responses to “Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes”

    1. posted Jul 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      These sound delicious and I love your pics!

      • posted Jul 16, 2012 at 1:20 am

        Thanks Jenn!

    2. posted Jul 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Yum!! I am on a raspberry kick and will have to try these out! Thanks for sharing – pinnint now!

      • posted Jul 16, 2012 at 1:21 am

        Kelsey, I totally am on a raspberry kick too. I have another great recipe coming to the blog soon…the raspberries are juicy and giant sized right now!

    3. posted Jul 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      they look awesome! at the beginning of summer I bought a box of special edition pink lemondade cake mix – havent used it – and now, this post pops up. Great idea just to use white mix and doctor it!

      • posted Jul 16, 2012 at 1:21 am

        Pink Lemonade Cake mix? That sounds amazing! And would go very well with this frosting :)

    4. posted Jul 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Oooooohhhh so fun! This looks awesome!

    5. posted Jul 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Looks really cute and delicious! I love how you added the stripe straws to each cupcake.

    6. posted Jul 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Who cares if it comes from a box?! Boxed cake mix can be doctored up in so many ways. And lemon is a great flavor. My mom makes a lemon bundt/pound cake from it. (And most moms would’ve went to the bakery section and just bought the cupcakes, right? :)

    7. posted Jul 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      These are so pretty Aimee! I love boxed mixes…so easy in a pinch. And that frosting sounds to die for!

    8. posted Jul 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Cupcakes are all about the icing, so it’s okay that you used a cake mix :)

      • posted Jul 16, 2012 at 1:20 am

        Thanks Ellen! I do love the frosting…on ANY cupcake!

    9. posted Jul 16, 2012 at 2:28 am

      Well, you know that I am all about using doctored up cake mixes for everything:-) These look and sound great…perfect summer time cupcake!!! I love your shot with the green in the background:-)

    10. Anonymous
      posted Jul 16, 2012 at 4:30 am

      I used the pink lemonade cake mix. Loved it so much. Now u can’t find it anywhere. Totally bummed

    11. posted Jul 16, 2012 at 4:42 am

      Mmm, raspberry lemonades are one of my fave summertime drinks and now they’re in cupcake form? I’m drooling! Seriously, the way people feel about pb + chocolate is how I feel about raspberry + lemon. It’s an awesome pairing. These cupcakes look totally yummy, Aimee!

      • posted Jul 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        I am with you Hayley. I LOVE Raspberry and Lemon together too! I’ve got another recipe coming soon with that combo.

    12. posted Jul 16, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Hi there, I’m hosting My Sweet party and I would love you to join! Check it out at http://meandmysweets.blogspot.se/2012/07/my-sweet-party-july-my-favourite-pie.html


    13. posted Jul 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Yummy! I never met a cupcake I didn’t like, made with a box or not! Great flavor combination!!! Good luck with all the insanity!

      • posted Jul 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        Haha, thanks Tanya. It’s good insanity :)

    14. posted Jul 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      This is like those pink lemonade cake mixes I’ve been seeing on the shelves recently. I like your version better though Aimee. They look great! perfect for summer!

      • posted Jul 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        I have not seen those cake mixes. I don’t buy cake mix often though, so I think I better go check this out….

    15. posted Jul 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Yummo! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up some of your recipes over at our party!


    16. posted Jul 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Oh yum, and oh cute! I love these!

    17. posted Jul 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      these are so flipping adorable!! i love the straws and “lemonade” theme :) who cares if it’s a boxed mix! they’re tried and true!

      • posted Jul 17, 2012 at 11:07 am

        Thanks Julie!

    18. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      wow!! yum yum yum!!!

      would love it if you could share them on my link party – http://serenityyou.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/serenity-saturday-48.html

      Natasha xx

    19. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm


    20. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      haha, cake mix isn’t cheating 😉 I wanted to make doughnuts, but instead of making the batter, I used cake mix. I forgot that cake has a total different texture than doughnuts. So it was just little circular cakes.
      But these things look to DIE for!! I would eat half the batch, and I don’t even think I would be sorry

    21. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 2:44 am

      Cake mix or not, those look yummy and they’re so cute! Thanks for sharing them! Visiting from Wow Me Wednesday.

    22. posted Jul 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      I’m not above souping up a box mix. These look so fun and cute, I’m sure no one even noticed! Love it!

    23. posted Jul 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      These sound and look divine! Hoping to try them asap :) newest follower!

    24. posted Jul 20, 2012 at 1:26 am

      These sound wonderful! I’m going to try to make these soon…I’m sure the hubs and neighbors will love them!!!

    25. posted Jul 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your recipe over at my link party. I featured you today!

    26. posted Jul 21, 2012 at 6:12 am

      These look so yummy, and I love the cute straws and cupcake liners. Great pictures! Jodi @ http://www.meaningfulmama.com

    27. posted Jul 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      I love these!! I’d love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. It’s a new linky party starting today. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi

    28. posted Sep 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

      The picture looks super beautiful
      and yummy……


    29. posted Jan 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen frozen raspberry lemonade before -is it pretty common item in stores?

    30. posted Mar 31, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Hello, I just started my very own baking blog and I used your recipe today to make a Bunny Cake! It is so amazingly delicious! I changed the frosting a tinsy tiny little bit but other than that it is perfect! Hope it’s okay that I used it and am posting it on my blog.
      Email me if it’s not and I will take it down.
      Hope you’re having a fabulous week!
      -The Dessert Monster-

    31. Tiffany
      posted May 2, 2013 at 8:13 am

      I looked for raspberry lemonade frozen mix at Walmart and could find it. Any suggestions?

    32. Tiffany
      posted May 2, 2013 at 8:14 am

      I mean could not find it.

      • posted May 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

        Hmmm, I just bought some. You could try using powdered KOOLAid raspberry lemonade (start with a teaspoon), and use about 2-3 Tbsp of milk in the frosting. Beat for about 3-5 minutes. Taste it. Add more powder if necessary.

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