Cherry Limeade Filled Cupcakes

Cherry Limeade Filled Cupcakes are a cupcake take on the classic Cherry Limeade drink. Vanilla cupcakes are filled with lime curd and then topped with a cherry flavored buttercream frosting. A fresh cherry on top makes the perfect cupcake garnish. 


This summer I have come to realize that I have a cupcake making problem. As in, I make way too many cupcakes. I’m sure this isn’t really a bad thing, but they have become my go-to dessert for all of the cookouts and parties I attend. I was looking for a summery cupcake for the last cookout that we had and saw a recipe for Cherry Limeade Cupcakes and knew they were exactly what needed to be made.

The recipe I saw made the cupcakes from scratch, soaked them in a lime simple syrup and then used cooked fresh cherries down and added them to the buttercream. Which sounds delicious, but I don’t have that kind of time before a cookout that I’m hosting. Okay, let’s be real. I don’t have that kind of time ever.

So, my Cherry Limeade Filled Cupcakes were made using a box mix, store bought lime curd and I flavored the frosting with gelatin. While not as delicious as the strawberry lemonade cupcakes I made earlier this year, these were still pretty delicious.

CHERRY LIMEADE FILLED CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS

  • 15.25 oz. box vanilla cake mix + ingredients on the back
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 6 oz. lime curd
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cherry gelatin (powder)
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh cherries, for garnish

CHERRY LIMEADE FILLED CUPCAKE DIRECTIONS

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake mix and ingredients on back (eggs, water and oil) along with the vanilla and lime zest.
  2. Beat on medium speed until fully combined.
  3. Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners and fill each halfway full.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350.
  5. Let cool, then cut small circles out of the center of each cupcake.
  6. Fill with lime curd.
  7. Add butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  8. Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Then add in cherry gelatin, milk and salt.
  9. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a tip and pipe frosting onto cupcakes.
  10. Top with a fresh cherry.

CHERRY LIMEADE FILLED CUPCAKE SUBSTITUTIONS

  • From scratch vanilla cupcakes
  • Homemade lime curd or lemon curd if you can’t find it
  • 1-2 tbsp cherry preserves or jam instead of the gelatin in the frosting
  • Maraschino cherries on top instead of fresh cherries (the ones with the stem make for a better presentation)

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Cherry Limeade Filled Cupcakes

Cherry Limeade Filled Cupcakes are a cupcake take on the classic Cherry Limeade drink. Vanilla cupcakes are filled with lime curd and then topped with a cherry flavored buttercream frosting. A fresh cherry on top makes the perfect cupcake garnish. 

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
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Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 15.25 oz. box vanilla cake mix + ingredients on the back
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lime

For the Filling:

  • 6 oz. lime curd

For the Frosting:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cherry gelatin (powder)
  • 12 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh cherries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. Combine the cake mix and ingredients (eggs, oil, water), along with the vanilla and lime zest in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until fully combined.
  3. Divide the batter into the prepared cupcake pans, filling each about halfway full.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or according to box directions.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  6. Use a paring knife to cut out circles in the center of the tops of the cupcakes.
  7. Fill each opening with the lime curd.
  8. Add the butter to the stand mixer with the blade attachment and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  9. Add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, followed by the cherry gelatin, milk, and salt. Mix until combined.
  10. Transfer the frosting into a piping bag with a tip and pipe the frosting onto the cupcake.
  11. Garnish with a fresh cherry.

Notes

Cupcakes can be made 1 day in advance. Fill with the curd and top with the frosting the day you are serving them.

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