Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on March 30, 2019

Let the summertime fun begin! These amazing Cherry Limeade Cupcakes are a flavor explosion and beyond moist! Don’t miss all my perfected Cupcake recipes!

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

This week I am all about baking.  Let me get even more specific:  baking cupcakes.  Wait, I can get even more specific.  Baking summertime flavor cupcakes!

There are a few “flavors” that come to mind when I think about the warmth and fun of summer.  Drinking a refreshing limeade is one of them!


Cherry Limeade Cupcake! Delicate lime cupcake with sweet Maraschino cherry frosting!

I have to tell you, this cupcake is heavenly.  I adapted it from Sprinkles Key Lime recipe, and am completely smitten.  The crumb is delicate, the texture is soft and the flavor is subtle, yet bold.

Well, that makes no sense.  It’s subtle until you add the secret weapon of flavor!

Right after the cupcakes come out of the oven, brush on some extra lime juice.  I made some with this method and some without and absolutely loved the extra little zing that it gives the final cupcake.

Cherry Limeade Cupcake! Delicate lime cupcake with sweet Maraschino cherry frosting!


I also made some with lime zest sprinkled over top but did not like that as much.  It was a tad overpowering and didn’t add anything to the cupcake texture-wise.  So a lone cherry it is!

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Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Let the summertime fun begin!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Limeade Cupcakes, Cupcakes
Servings: 15 cupcakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice, divided
  • 1 tbsp. lime zest
  • 3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare cupcake pans with baking spray or cupcake liners. (This recipe yielded 15 cupcakes for me.)

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together room temperature butter and sugar on medium high until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add in eggs, one at a time and mix until just blended.

  4. Add in vanilla, 2 tablespoons of lime juice and milk and mix for about 30 seconds on low. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

  5. Remove from mixer then fold in lime zest with spatula.
  6. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes.

  7. Transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack.

  8. Use pastry brush to brush remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice over the top of the cupcake.
  9. Let cupcakes cool completely and dry before topping with cherry frosting.
  1. In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

  2. Add almond flavoring and cherry juice continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more juice if needed for spreading consistency

Tips for success:

I bought a jar of cherries and then simply placed them on the cupcakes before serving.  However, I would recommend removing the cherries from the juice and placing on a paper towel prior to placing.   Doing that will ensure that the cherry juice doesn’t drip into the frosting and all over the place.  I only recommend this for appearance sake; if you like the extra cherry juice flavor then ignore.

If you want extra extra lime juice flavor you can poke holes into your cupcakes with a toothpick before brushing on lime juice.

I used a 1E tip from Bakery Crafts to pipe the frosting onto these cupcakes.

Cherry Limeade Cupcake! Delicate lime cupcake with sweet Maraschino cherry frosting!


I completely adore these simple and fun cupcakes and hope you will too!


If you love creative and beautiful creations (dang I am humble, huh?) , be sure to get my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!

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  • Ganesha says:

    Looks so yummy!

  • Karen @ Daily Buzz says:

    thanks Amanda for this!

  • Areeba Omer says:

    Thankyou soo much i’ll love to try this recipe…..????????

  • Anna tasya says:


  • Carla says:

    This may seem like a silly question but i need to measure 1.5 cups of flour and then sift it, right?


    • Rod Marquardt says:

      Yes. Shift it with the baking powder and salt.

  • Shawna says:

    I love the flavor of this cupcake!! The cupcakes were pretty dense. I was wondering if it’s supposed to be that way and how I can make it light and fluffy without loosing any flavor. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  • Buddy Speed says:

    I would love to see what you can do with blueberry and recipes

  • Maribel mota says:

    Where should I buy the book?

  • Rabi Mohammed says:

    Wow I really love d lime cupcakes cause I love to bake too but I want you to teach me on how to make a perfect butter cream .Thanks alot

  • Bea Taylor says:

    I am going to make the peach dump cake this weekend, one place says white cake mix, another says yellow. Does it matter which one?? Also can you put a crumb mix on top? (like brown sugar with oatmeal)

  • Elizabeth says:

    These look amazing! This is probably a silly question, but is there something else that I could substitute instead of the almond extract? Thank you so much!

  • Wendy says:

    I like the limeade cupcake, and I like the cherry buttercream. I just don’t like them together. I found that the cherry buttercream overwhelmed the limeade cupcake. I will make the limeade cupcake again but will try a vanilla buttercream instead.

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