Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

by Alli

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes are a family favorite. I guess you know by now that my family is crazy about cupcakes!

These babies are right up there next to Citrus Cupcakes with Citrus Buttercream Frosting and REESE’S Cream Cheese Swirled Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. Those are the top 3 reigning cupcakes at my house. All of these cupcake recipes are included in my best cupcake recipes.

Sometimes I make the strawberry lemonade cupcakes from scratch. Actually, once upon a time, I snubbed cake mixes like the plague. Now, I add a teaspoon or two of homemade pure vanilla extract and no one ever guesses I started with a mix.

Cake Plate With Four Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

For my Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes, I added a teaspoon of vanilla and 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice. I always use applesauce in place of the oil or butter that cake recipes call for. Just use the same amount of apple sauce as oil and you’re good to go. It will be our little secret.

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

For the frosting, I use my go-to cream cheese frosting. I add in 2/3 cups finely diced strawberries and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. You can also add a couple drops red food coloring if you want your frosting to be pink.

One Strawberry Cupcake topped with a strawberry lemonade frosting in pink wrapperNote: I don’t use a pastry tip to pipe the frosting on because bits of the strawberries clog up the tip. Don’t ask me how I know. I used a pastry bag without the tip and swirled away. You can spoon it on as well. It’s all good.

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Yield: 24 servings

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Lemonade Frosting

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Lemonade Frosting

These Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Lemonade Frosting combine two favorite flavors - lemons and strawberries. These cupcakes are family favorites.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 strawberry cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3-4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup finely diced strawberries


  1. Mix cake according to package directions, replacing oil with applesauce and adding lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  2. Pour batter into cupcake liners and bake according to directions on the cake mix packaging.


  1. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add powdered sugar, a cup at a time, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Add diced strawberries and mix on slow until blended.
  2. Frost cupcakes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 318Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 47mgSodium 84mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 0gSugar 58gProtein 2g

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