Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Joel just got through with his yearly review and got really great feedback. I wanted to surprise him with a dessert he would love and immediately thought of Cotton Candy Cupcakes. He loves cotton candy (I personally do not) and always gets cotton candy ice cream when we visit Cold Stone.

Well, I searched Fargo high and low but had no luck finding the cotton candy flavoring that is called for in the recipe. Not surprising but disappointing nonetheless. But I will be purchasing cotton candy flavoring to make these for Joel…maybe for his birthday? You say his birthday isn’t for 3 months? Yes, I’m a little bit of a compulsive planner. Sue me.

Anyway, the second cupcake that I knew he would just love was Cherry Limeade Cupcakes. We love Sonic limeades but don’t get them too often since we do not have one in town. I thought this would be a unique, great surprise that he would really enjoy. And he did.

The cupcakes had an amazingly light texture that neither of us could believe. We just kept eating them to make sure the first wasn’t a fluke. Joel absolutely loved the frosting due to all the maraschino cherry juice which he loves. The sweetness of the frosting balanced out the lemon-lime zippiness in the cake.

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
recipe from The Culinary Enthusiast

2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups milk
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
zest of 3 limes
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp. pure lemon extract

1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cupcake pans with liners.
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl.
4. Put the sugar and lime zest in a mixer bowl and mix until the sugar is moist and fragrant.  Add the butter and working with the paddle or whisk attachment beat at medium speed for 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light.
5. Beat in the extract, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed. Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the milk and eggs beating until the batter is mixed well, then add the last of the dry ingredients. Continue mixing for 2 minutes.
6. Divide the batter between 18-24 cupcakes, filling each about 1/2 full.
7. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cupcakes are well risen and springy to the touch. Transfer the cupcakes cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes. Frost and decorate after fully cooled.

Cherry Frosting
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
4-8 Tbsp. maraschino cherry juice
red food coloring (optional)

Combine the powdered sugar, butter and maraschino cherry juice in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated, then increase to medium-high speed and beat until smooth. Add more maraschino cherry juice as needed to achieve desired texture. Add red food coloring if desired (I did not add any).
Frost cooled cupcakes. Garnish with lime slices and maraschino cherries, if desired.



  1. Those cherry limeaide cook fantastic I can’t wait to make them for my little girls birthday in Oct. Thanks for sharing

  2. Those look perfect for entertaining, and the fact that I love Sonic limeades doesn’t make me biased at all 😉 Thanks for sharing with Fat Camp Friday, hope you enjoyed your weekend!

  3. YUM! Your recipe looks really good! I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared this recipe with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  4. I came across your blog on This Chick Cooks and I love your post!

    I would love it if you would drop by Jane Deere and link up to Fusion Fridays with your favorite or most recent recipes, handmade crafts, diy projects, tips & tricks, and how to’s! { open through Wednesday! }

    1. Thank you Jennifer! I posted the cupcakes and a few others!

      1. Awesome…thank you so much! Come back next Friday to see my favorites and to link up again!

  5. these are really pretty..photographed nicely and great flavor combo!

  6. These are absolutely adorable! I love your presentation of them… with the thinly sliced lime and a cherry on top. Gorgeous! I am your newest follower 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Desi! I’m glad you like the blog and are a follower…hopefully you will enjoy everything!

  7. Meg, I was sharing your Cherry Limeade Cupcakes with a friend yesterday, we both just love them!! Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Wow … gorgeous! I cannot wait to make these!

  9. These are so cute; I agree completely with the cupcake liners.

  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is being featured tomorrow at CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY by Lady Behind The Curtain! Please come by and grab your “featured” button. Also, don’t forget to share more of your delicious recipes with us!
    I hope to see you there!

  11. I made these as mini cupcakes for my annual dessert & champagne party. Everyone LOVED them! You are right, the cake has such a light texture and the lime flavor is very present but not overwhelming. The frosting is good too — I found it a little sweet by the time I added enough syrup to give it a really great cherry taste. Wonder if a little almond extract would allow less cherry syrup and less sweetness. Still, so cute and in the mini version, just a perfect ONE BITE pop in your mouth!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them. Mmm, now I’m craving them again…I’ll have to find a reason to whip some up.

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