Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

These Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes are easy to make and full of delicious fruity flavor. You will love how quickly they come together, and how delicious they taste.

Summer is right around the corner . . . HOORAY.
It’s definitely my favorite time of year. For this recipe that debuted on Studio 5 this morning (a local Utah lifestyle show), I took one of my favorite summer drinks and turned it into a cupcake.
The end result was delicious. There are fresh raspberries in the batter and actual lemonade in the frosting, so you get a light, fresh taste that is perfect for summer.
We also shared our Root Beer Float Cookies and our Orange Creamsicle Fruit Dip on the show today, so be sure to check out those yummy recipes too.

what could i use instead of raspberry?

This recipe has some fun and unique ingredients in it, for cupcakes. It is still extremely simple, but it does have a few ingredients you wouldn’t really think about putting in cupcakes.

One of those ingredients is a powdered lemonade mix. We used raspberry because our cupcakes are raspberry lemonade, but you could easily switch it out.

Here are a few others we recommend:

  • pink lemonade
  • strawberry lemonade
  • lemonade
  • cherry lemonade
  • raspberry

could i make this in a pan, instead of into cupcakes?

You could easily make this into a pan of cake, rather than individual cupcakes.

You will need to increase the cooking time by about 8-10 minutes if you choose to do this. But for the most part, the recipe should transfer over just fine.

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looking for more raspberry desserts? here are a few of our favorite:

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Jello Salad
Frozen Raspberry Pie
Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Brownie Cups
Frozen Raspberry Lemonade Pie

Serves: 24

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (16.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding
  • 3 Tablespoons sweetened raspberry lemonade drink mix (we used Country Time Lemonade powdered mix)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 lemon (zest)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs (whites)
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries (divided)
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 lemon (zest)
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate (thawed)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 (2 pound) package powdered sugar
  • 4 drops red food coloring


  1. In a large bowl, whisk cake mix, pudding mix, and drink mix together. Add sour cream, lemon zest, water, oil, and egg whites to the dry mix.
  2. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for about two minutes. Add drops of food coloring and mix in. Fold in 1 cup of the raspberries and mix gently to incorporate.
  3. Scoop batter into 24 lined muffin tins.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in one comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting the cupcakes.
  5. Prepare the frosting by creaming butter, shortening, and lemon zest together. Then add lemonade concentrate, milk and vanilla with a mixer. Beat until smooth. Gradually add the sugar, mixing well until light and fluffy. Beat in the food coloring.
  6. Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes. Top with a fresh raspberry on each cupcake. Enjoy!



379 cal


7 g


49 g


26 g
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Recipe adapted from Real Mom Kitchen

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24 Responses to “Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes”

  1. I made these yesterday and they were really good. I went to like 6 stores and could not find powered raspberry lemonade so I just used pink lemonade. I did find frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, so I was able to use that in the frosting. I don't like mounds of frosting so I cut the frosting in half and was still able to cover the tops of each cupcake and had a ton left. My batch made 32 cupcakes. They are very yummy.

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