Lemonade cupcakes recipe

(62 ratings)

Lemonade cupcakes
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories182 Kcal9%
Sugar23.4 g26%
Fat4.3 g6%
Saturated Fat1.1 g6%
Protein2.3 g5%
Carbohydrates33.6 g13%

These sticky-sweet lemonade cupcakes are topped with lemonade icing. One of our favourite easy baking recipes for kids (opens in new tab)

These lemonade cupcakes are so simple to make at home using just five ingredients to make the sponges and two ingredients to make the lemonade icing. This cupcake recipe (opens in new tab) would work just as well using pink lemonade to create pink lemonade cupcakes.


  • 40g softened butter or margarine
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 120g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 120ml sugar-free lemonade or sugar-free pink lemonade

For the glaze:

  • 125g icing sugar
  • 15ml sugar-free lemonade or sugar-free pink lemonade
  • Sprinkles or lemon zest to decorate (optional)




  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4 and line a muffin tray with 6 to 8 cupcake cases
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg
  3. Add the flour and stir until combined
  4. Add the sugar-free lemonade and stir carefully
  5. Fill each cupcake case ¾ full and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a cocktail stick inserted in the center comes out clean
  6. When baked remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool
  7. When the cakes are cooled, mix the icing sugar and sugar-free lemonade together for the glaze.
  8. Dip the top of each cupcake into the glaze and put it aside to set. You could also spoon the icing onto each cake too. Finish with sprinkles or grated lemon zest.

Top tips for making lemonade cupcakes

If you want to add even more lemon flavour to these lemonade cupcakes, add some grated lemon zest to the sponge mixture before baking. You could also garnish the cupcakes with grated zest instead of sprinkles too.

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Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at Goodto.com and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.