Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes . . . no one will guess that these pretty and scrumptious cupcakes start with a cake mix. The strawberry cream cheese frosting makes them extra special!


Rachel turned three in April. I know, what happened to my baby? For her birthday party, I made a unicorn cake. But her actual birthday was about a week before the party, and I felt like I needed to make something for her special day. When I asked her what she wanted, she told me “pink cake”.

She loves strawberries. No, she adores strawberries! And I had a cake mix in the pantry and a lemon in the fridge. So I decided to make Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes. I combined three of my favorite recipes to come up with these, and they were an epic success! Everyone loved them, not just the birthday girl.  🙂


The cupcakes themselves are nice and moist, with a hint of lemon flavor. They aren’t a vibrant pink color, but you could add a few drops of red food coloring if you like. The glaze on top might seem a little strange, but it adds another level of flavor to the cupcakes. Helps keep them moist as well.

Then there’s the frosting. The heavenly, I could eat it by the spoonful frosting. I love all variations of cream cheese frosting, but this one is up there at the top of my list. It’s a beautiful color, and the strawberry and lemon are a perfect flavor combination. It is so good people!!


I hope you’ll give these cupcakes a try. They are perfect for three year old birthday girls. Oh, and everyone else too! birthday-cupcake

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Yield: 24-26 cupcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Scrumptious strawberry lemonade cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes



Lemon Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4-ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tsp lemon zest
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp strawberry jam


  1. Combine all cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat for about 2 minutes, or till smooth. Pour batter into muffin cups filled with paper liners. Fill just over half way full. (I ended up with 26 cupcakes.)
  2. Bake at 350° for about 15-20 minutes, or till a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Combine glaze ingredients in a small bowl and whisk till smooth. Brush glaze evenly over warm cupcakes. Allow cupcakes to cool completely, then frost. Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.
  4. For frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter till smooth. Add salt, lemon zest, and 4 cups of powdered sugar. Beat in the strawberry jam, and add more powdered sugar to get the consistency you need. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

If you love these cupcakes, here are a few more cupcake recipes to try:

Butterscotch Cupcakes
Oreo Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting



  1. Rajiv Kumar says

    It is too simple!!! Today on my mother’s birthday, we made this cake. It was very delicious!!!! Everyone praised of this cake.

  2. This looks amazing, Kara! Featuring you tomorrow at WIW!

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