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Make cherry limeade cupcakes for a fun treat for parties, cookouts and birthdays. These cupcakes are so vibrant and taste delicious.

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The cherry and lime combination is amazing and the cupcakes are so moist and flavorful. Plus, they just look gorgeous. This recipe will brighten anyone’s day!

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picture of ingredients: cake mix, eggs, oil, water, jello, powdered sugar, cherries, food coloring, cherry extract and butter.

Ingredients:

  • white cake mix and ingredients needed based on the box instructions
  • box of lime jello mix
  • water

How to make Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

First, bake the cupcakes based on the box instructions. Let the cupcakes cool for about 10-15 minutes. Another idea is add lime zest to the cupcake batter.

Second, poke the cupcakes all over. I normally use a fork to do this. You want to make sure that the fork goes all the way to the bottom. This will help the jello soak in every spot once you get to that step.

Next, boil the water and dissolve the jello mix in the water. Use a spoon and put the jello mixture over the cupcakes.

Once you have covered all the cupcakes, put them in the fridge to let the jello set.

Cherry Frosting Ingredients

  • unsalted butter
  • powdered sugar
  • red gel food coloring
  • heavy whipping cream
  • cherry extract


How to make Cherry Frosting

First, cream the butter and powder sugar together until it looks light and fluffy.  If it doesn’t cream to the desired consistency, add several drops of the heavy whipping cream until it does.

Next, add the cherry extract and stir it all together. Go ahead and add  the red  gel food coloring and mix it together well. If the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak, it is ready. You can test this by taking a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down. If the frosting stays on the spoon it is ready if not then…. Add more powder sugar. I like to do ½ cup at a time until you get the desired consistency.

It is easier to add more than take away so you definitely want to just add a little at a time.

Put the frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip.

It helps to twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip. Once this is ready, start frosting the cupcakes. I like to start on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.

Finally, this is optional but looks so pretty. Put a wedge of fresh lime on the center of each cupcake. You can also put a cherry on top as well.

Closeup picture of cherry limeade cupcake in a green cupcake liner

Of course you want these to have the cutest cupcake liners.

Closeup picture of cherry limeade cupcake in a green cupcake liner
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Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

5 from 6 votes
Try these amazing cupcakes! Cherry limeade cupcakes are easy but delicious. They are packed with flavor and are perfect for any Summer Party.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 192

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 box white cake mix plus ingredients needed based on the box instructions
  • 1 3 oz box lime jello mix
  • 1 cup water
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp cherry extract
  • red gel food coloring

Instructions

  • Bake the cupcakes based on the box instructions. 
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Poke the cupcakes with a fork multiples times ensuring that you go to the bottom of the cupcakes. 
  • Boil the 1 cup of water in a separate pan. 
  • Dissolve the jello mix in the boiling water. 
  • Spoon the jello mixture over the cupcakes evenly. 
  • Refrigerate the cupcakes until the jello is set.  
  • Now for the Cherry Frosting Directions:
  • Cream the butter and powder sugar until it looks light and creamy. If it doesn’t cream add several drops of the heavy whipping cream until it creams.
  • Add the cherry extract. Stir to mix well. Add red gel food coloring. Stir to mix well. Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by taking a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down. If the frosting stays on the spoon it is ready if not then…. Add more powder sugar ½ C at a time…. mix well.
  • If ready scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip.
  • Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.
  • Start the frosting on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.
  • Place a small wedge of fresh lime on the center of the cupcake.

Recipe Notes

If you love cherry limeades as much as my family then I know you will love this fun recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 192kcal, Carbohydrates 19g, Protein 1g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 41mg, Potassium 42mg, Sugar 13g, Vitamin A 390IU, Vitamin C 0.2mg, Calcium 19mg, Iron 0.1mg

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