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.  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!

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.

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

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

5 from 4 votes
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 cups (187.5g) all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (122.5g) whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 3 cups (375g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  1. Heat oven to 350ยฐF. 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

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  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    These are absolutely beautiful! I love all things cherry limeade! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda says:

    Thank you so much Ali!! I was just on your blog yesterday, being inspired by your stunning photography. You are so talented!!

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says:

    These are absolutely adorable and I love the summer flavors! Can’t wait to see what else you have coming this week! Happy Monday!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Lisa! I am making Coconut Angel Food cupcakes for tomorrow and am so excited about it. My daughter, however, is throwing herself on the ground and writhing around like she is dying, gagging and screaming about the horrible smell in the house. Apparently she doesn’t like coconut. Good times. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I’m sold on these cupcakes. I love a good dense cupcakes with some “meat” on it’s bones.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Megan!

  • tanya says:

    Oh these are stunning. I love your tip about brushing on lime juice as soon as they come out of the oven. Fabulous idea. I love the summer cupcake theme. Can’t wait to see whats next!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Tanya! I love the detail that Sprinkles adds to their recipes… that is definitely a great tip!!

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    this looks like the perfect cupcake! gorgeous photography too!

    • Amanda says:

      Many thanks!!

  • Janine says:

    I can’t wait to try these. I think my daughter will love these!! Can’t wait for the rest of the week!!

    • Amanda says:

      I bet she will love them too! They are amazing. Have a blessed day!!

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    These cupcakes are so pretty! Lime and cherry are definitely two flavors that come to mind when I think of summer. Love that you’re going to be sharing some summer cupcakes all week long! Looking forward to the rest of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karen Matthiesen says:

    Can this recipe be baked in a 9×13 pan?

  • EllenFitz says:

    Your write-up said you put the extra juice on when they came out of the oven but the instructions say to cool the cupcakes completely before it says to brush the juice on. Can you clarify? I’m assuming the first but instructions are instructions ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

    These cupcakes are so beautiful! I love the soft pink icing!

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake says:

    These cupcakes are adorable!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Serene @ House of Yumm says:

    These are simply beautiful!! I love the lone cherry on top. I love cupcakes, but they’re waaay more fun to eat when they’re elegant like these ones ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope one day I can frost things with your skill..I guess I better go make some more cupcakes to practice on!

    • Amanda says:

      I am pretty sure I have already seen you pipe out a beautiful cupcake!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Liz Fourez says:

    Now THAT’S a cupcake! Love the summer-inspired flavor!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Liz!

  • dina says:

    these look so yummy!

  • Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar says:

    These are beautiful Amanda! And they look so soft and fluffy inside – yum! I’m totally digging the Bakery Crafts site – so many icing tips!!

  • Donna says:

    Well. don’t know what happened. I am not a novice baker. Followed this recipe to the letter and these cupcakes are so heavy and dense they will have to be tossed. The flavors are good but oui…. :o(

    • Amanda says:

      Oh dear! So sorry. I have not ever had those results with this recipe! Maybe your baking powder or eggs were bad? Or it was over-mixed? It is worth trying again, the results when it works are a light and delicious cupcake! Truly delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Donna says:

    My icing was very thin. I followed the instructions. Any suggestions?

    • Amanda says:

      You can always add more sugar! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Acacia Rowland says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe i love Cherry limeade and these just made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tracy says:

    Amazing flavor to these cupcakes. Although mine too were very dense too. The frosting has great cherry flavor but needed a little more cherry juice to kick it over the top. Mine did separate and a little runny even though it started out fluffy. I’m thinking possibly next time adding a little more powered sugar and see if that helps. Overall will be trying this recipe out again!

  • Donna A. says:

    I have been scouring the internet trying to find retro themed cupcakes and your recipe caught my eye. I made these a couple of days ago and I had to come on your site and let you know how delicious they are. Just the right amount of lime flavor and the frosting is perfect (I did have to add more confectioners sugar to frosting for my liking) but the flavors of the cherry and lime combined in these cupcakes taste just like the cherry limeade drinks we used to drink a long time ago. I think the addition of brushing the lime juice over the cupcakes after taking them out of the oven is what really put them over the top. Thanks so much for posting this recipe. They are truly wonderful.

  • Lynna says:

    Made these last week for my grown daughter’s birthday. She said they were her all-time favorite and I’ve made LOTS of cupcakes in the last 6-7 years! Thanks for a keeper recipe.

  • Kimberly Pham says:

    For the Spumoni Cake, should I use a whole bash of this icing or make a half of it?
    Thank you!! :))

  • Ganesha says:

    Looks so yummy!

  • Karen @ Daily Buzz says:

    thanks Amanda for this!