Kiddie Cocktail Cupcakes


My daughter turned into a teenager this weekend. No, really, she turned thirteen. I now have TWO teenagers. I’m not sure how this is possible, the years have flown by and I just don’t feel old enough.
Or competent. Have you seen the homework they do at this age? It’s hard. But that’s another story…


Today, it’s about my daughter’s favorite drink at restaurants. A kiddie cocktail. Or Shirley Temple. She has loved these since she was little, and I hope she drinks them forever. You know, and never tries anything harder.


Thirteen. It’s also age-up day for her…if you have a swimmer you totally get that term. If you don’t have a swimmer, it’s when they go to another age group for swimming. Kinda like as an adult when we get a year older and now we are in the 34-39 age bracket (or the 24-29 bracket, like me, hahaha). Or you go on a treadmill and have to enter a new age. Yuck.
So, instead of thinking about getting older, and my kids getting older, let’s celebrate instead and eat cupcakes. Ya with me on this??


Kiddie Cocktail Cupcakes

Kiddie Cocktail Cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:

  • 3 cup flour, plus 2Tbsp
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup 7-up (or similar soda)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/4 tsp red gel food coloring

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp lemon extract
  • 6 Tbsp 7-up soda (or similar)
  • 4 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 24 whole maraschino cherries


  1. In a bowl, mix 3 cup flour with baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In mixer, beat 1 cup butter with sugar until creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add vanilla extract.
  3. Alternate adding the flour mixture with the 7-up, in about 3 additions each. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Remove 2 cups of batter and add the extra 2 Tbsp flour and 2 Tbsp cherry juice. Mix in red food coloring too. Pour this batter into the bottom of 24 lined muffin cups, careful not to spill on sides of liners.
  5. Scoop the remaining batter evenly over the cherry batter. Bake cupcakes in a 350 degree oven for about 17-20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  6. For the frosting, beat butter with the powdered sugar, lemon extract, 7up and cherry juice until desired consistency. Add in more 7-up or powdered sugar depending on how creamy you want your frosting.
  7. Frost each cupcake and top with a maraschino cherry. Stick in a straw for a cute effect!

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21 comments on “Kiddie Cocktail Cupcakes”

  1. How adorable! Such a cute idea 🙂

  2. I used to love shirley temples as a kid too. These cupcakes are a great idea!

  3. Boo to our kids getting older. My son will be 13 in the summer and I am not looking forward to it at all!!!! And as for the homework…I’m struggling keeping up with the 4th grade stuff, let alone the Junior High stuff!!! I don’t like to age up at all either…I was filling out a form the other day and realized I had to change the box because of how old I was now. Yuck is right!! Let’s just eat some of these yummy looking cupcakes and not think about it:-) I love the 2 tone look in these!!!! (Thanks for adding them to my link party too!)

  4. What a cute idea! And happy birthday to her!

  5. My sister would love these cupcakes! She loves kiddie cocktails! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  6. These sound great! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  7. I love this..Thanks for the recipe..This looks mouthwatering


  8. That is TOO much fun…I am sure they really enjoyed these cupcakes!

  9. So cute!! I loved shirley temples when I was younger (to be honest, still dig them today :)). These cup cakes look & sound absolutely amazing! Yum!

  10. Aw! Happy Birthday! I feel you on this one – my daughter is 12 going on like 20!

  11. Happy Birthday to your cute daughter. Love these cupcakes. Such a fun idea! (Love the new blog look too!)

  12. What a great cupcake to celebrate such a milestone birthday! Love the straw too!

  13. Happy Birthday to her! These cupcakes are so creative. I bet she loved them!

  14. Ahh how cute! Happy birthday to your daughter. I used to love Shirley Temples to when I was a kid. I should order one next time I’m out. The cupcakes are darling!

  15. Happy Birthday to your daughter! My sister turned 14 yesterday and while she isn’t my daughter, I still feel old now. Sigh. Thankfully cupcakes always fix every single problem and these are no exception (I LOVE Shirley Temples!)

  16. Those cupcakes are so, so adorable! Happy birthday to your sweet “little” girl.


  17. My little girl is 2 and I cannot start to think about when she starts to have crushes, or when my hug is not all that she wants anymore…Time flies so fast and if only I can lock her with the toddler stage forever. Every kid has to grow up I know, but if it means leaving a mom behind, I am not ready yet, I dont think i will ever be…I love your cupcake treat. I will enjoy working on this with my daughter, we both will, I am sure!
    I love your blog!

  18. Those cupcakes are too cute! The straws are such an adorable idea! Oh gosh, I’m already worried about the homework my daughter will be doing! And she’s still a baby 😉 I always tell my husband he’ll be helping her or I’ll be spending a lot of time on google. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing your adorable recipes at my Throwback Thursday party! I hope to see you again this week 🙂

  19. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is all about favourite foods from childhood. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Have a great week.

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