Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes #SummerDessertWeek

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes are the perfect summer treat. A lemony cupcake filled with lemon curd and topped with strawberry buttercream frosting.

Disclaimer: This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by the sponsor companies to aide in recipe creation, but opinions are 100% my own. 

strawberry lemonade cupcakes filled with lemon buttercream

Welcome to the 3rd Annual #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. This week-long summer time event is filled with some down right amazing sweet recipes from fantastic bloggers and we’ve got some great giveaways from our generous sponsors for y’all too!! We can’t wait to share all of these summer-themed desserts with you and celebrate sweet, sweet summertime all week long!


There are 45 incredible bloggers participating in this year’s #SummerDessertWeek event! Thanks to those bloggers, we have over 168 summer time sweet treat recipes being shared this week! Grab a few recipes to try out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

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About a month ago, we had a party to celebrate the new deck that Tom and his father had built.

lemon cupcakes with lemon curd and strawberry buttercream

It was mostly going to be a cookout, with burgers and hot dogs and the intent to keep it pretty simple, but if you know anything about me, you know that I can’t manage to get out of the kitchen and will keep creating more and more recipes simply because I have a bunch of people to feed. I think I managed to keep it pretty simple, but of course I had to make desserts.

These Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes taste just like summer and were the hit of the party. Everyone was raving about how delicious they were and how much they really like the lemon curd in the middle and that the buttercream frosting wasn’t too sweet.

You know how sometimes you can try a dessert with buttercream on it and it’s so sweet and sugary that it just overwhelms the rest of the flavors in the dessert? Yuck. I hate that! So, to counteract the sweetness of the buttercream, I always, always, always add a teaspoon of salt. You’d never know it was even there! (#Foodbloggersecrets) 😃


Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes are the perfect summer treat. A lemony cupcake filled with lemon curd and topped with strawberry buttercream frosting.

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 box lemon cake mix and ingredients to make
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp Adam’s Lemon Extract
  • 3/4 cup lemon curd, store-bought or homemade

For the Frosting:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 56 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp strawberry gelatin powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp milk or cream

To Decorate:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. Add the cake mix and ingredients from the box to a stand mixer.
  3. Mix on medium speed until combined.
  4. Add in lemon zest and extract and mix until combined.
  5. Divide batter into paper liners, filling each about 2/3 of the way full.
  6. Bake according to box directions, usually 18-20 minutes.
  7. Transfer cupcakes to wire racks to cool completely.
  8. Use a paring knife to cut a small cone shape out of the top of each cupcake. Fill with a dollop of lemon curd. Place the removed cake piece back on top.
  9. Prepare the frosting by adding the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium high speed for 3-4 minutes.
  10. Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  11. Add in the strawberry gelatin powder, salt and milk.
  12. Transfer frosting to a piping bag and pipe frosting on top of cupcakes.
  13. Garnish with sprinkles, fresh strawberries or lemon slices.


If you can’t find lemon cake mix, use white or vanilla cake mix and increase the lemon extract to 1 tablespoon.

Keywords: Strawberry lemonade cupcakes, cupcakes, baking, lemon curd, summerdessertweek

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Have I talked about how much I love making cupcakes? They’re definitely one of my favorite desserts to make, especially when I can fill the inside of the cupcake with a curd or jam because it’s a little surprise that no one is expecting. These cupcakes wouldn’t have had as much flavor without the use of Adam’s Lemon Extract or Sweets & Treat’s Sprinkles, both of which were sponsors for #SummerDessertWeek.

Adam’s Extract makes some of the best extracts you can use in baking. You can see what great stuff they have to offer on their site or social media –

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Sweets & Treats has got you covered if you’re looking for a variety of sprinkles, cupcake liners or other things to make your desserts absolutely adorable. Check out their social media –

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Adam’s and Sweets & Treats, as well as our other amazing sponsors have put together this incredible prize pack that you can win. Here’s what awesomeness they have come up with to share with a lucky winner! The rafflecopter to enter is after the prizes. Don’t forget to enter!!


Dixie Crystals is giving away one (1)Keurig® K-Select® Coffee Maker



Prize #2 — Adam’s Extract is giving away – 1 Gift Pack – including Adams Poundcake Kit, Adams Best, Adams Lemon Extract, Adams Natural Food Color, and Adams Cinnamon Sugar


Prize #3 —Wilton is giving away a Wilton Gift Pack – including – Bake and Bring Geometric Print Non-Stick 13 x 9 -inch Oblong Pan, Bake and Bring Geometric Print Non-Stick 8-inch Square Cake Pan, Bake and Bring Geometric Print Non-Stick 8-inch Round Cake Pan, Peach Cobbler Candy Melts Candy, Blueberry Lemonade Candy Melts Candy, Orange Crème Candy Melts Candy, Key Lime Pie Decorating Icing Pouch with Tips, Orange Crème Decorating Icing Pouch with Tips, Pop Art Triangle and Solid Cupcake Liners, Geometric Print and Solid Green Cupcake Liners, Balloon Dog Icing Decorations, Assorted Brights and Pastels Sprinkles, Blue Sprinkles Tackle Box, Coral Sprinkles Tackle Box, DIY-Lish Mermaid Kit, DIY-Lish Candy Lollipop Kit and Disposable Decorating Bags with 1M Tips


Prize #4 — Sweets & Treats Boutique is giving away 1 (one) baking supply box including an assortment of sprinkles and cupcake liners as well as one of Love From The Oven’s recent cookbooks!


Prize #4 — Anolon is giving one (1) winner an Anolon Advanced Graphite 9″ Round Springform Pan & an Anolon Advanced Graphite 9″ Square Springform Pan

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Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from July 7th – July 14th at 12AM EST.

Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 5 (five) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 5 (five) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop and Anolon !

These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!


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  1. My favorite summer dessert is the traditional red white and blue flag cake.

  2. Perfect summer flavors and in cupcake form!

  3. My favorite summer drink in a cupcake! I can’t wait to try this treat!

  4. Lemonade is my favorite summer refresher, so these cupcakes look amazing to me

  5. Oh these sound so good right now. I love that flavor. It’s so summery!

  6. Love the lemon curd filling in your cupcakes. They are so refreshing.

  7. Cupcakes that taste like strawberry lemonade sound like they’d be right up my alley!

  8. What a delightful cupcake flavor. I cannot wait to make these.

  9. This flavor combination just screams summer and that frosting looks so fluffy and delish

  10. Your cupcake frosting is perfection, not to mention the flavors in these cupcakes.

  11. I love the lemon filling in your cupcakes! These sounds delicious- I also love the tip to use a little salt to avoid too sweet buttercream!

  12. These beauties are calling my name! I am always ready for a cupcake and strawberry lemonade happens to be on of my favorite summer flavor combos!

  13. Strawberry and lemon together make the perfect combination in my book!

  14. The strawberry lemonade cupcakes are fabulous! The lemon curd is beyond delicious!

  15. Melissa Cunningham

    I love cherry cheesecake

  16. Amanda Whitley

    my favorite summer dessert is strawberry shortcake

  17. LOVE the lemon filling, and I’ll have to remember your tip for cutting down the sweetness of buttercream.

  18. I love strawberry and lemon together, and I really love the lemon curd filling in these cupcakes!

  19. Such a summery and delicious combination of flavors! And those sprinkles are super fun.

  20. Liz @ Books n' Cooks

    This fruit flavor combo just screams summer!

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