cherry limeade cupcake on a plate with fresh cherries and limes

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

This easy one bowl cupcake recipe combines the fabulous flavors of cherry limeade in a cupcake using fresh cherries and limes.

Servings 12 cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cup fresh whole cherries plus extra for decorating if desired
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 lime plus 1/2 lime for decorating if desired
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour sift before measuring
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup milk divided use
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cupcake pan with wrappers

  2. Pit and finely chop cherries. Reserve 1/4 cup for the icing. Place remaining cherries in a small bowl.

  3. Zest lime. Add about 1/4 of the zest to the cherries reserved for the icing. Add the rest to the small bowl of cherries.

  4. Stir in 1 tablespoon sugar to the larger amount of cherries and lime zest.

  5. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk a few seconds until fluffy and combined.

  6. Add 1/3 cup butter and 2/3 cup of milk and beat on medium for 2 minutes.

  7. Add egg, vanilla, and larger amount of cherries/lime zest (including the syrup). Mix for 2 more minutes thinning with the remaining milk as needed.

  8. Fill cupcake wrappers 3/4 full and bake at 375 degrees until cooked in the center, about 15 minutes.

  9. In a mixing bowl beat 1/2 cup butter until fluffy, add powdered sugar and the smaller amount of cherries and lime zest. Juice 1/2 of the lime and add. Beat mixture, thinning with additional lime juice and/or a small amount of milk as needed.

  10. Frost cupcakes when cool. Decorate with cherries and thinly sliced lime wedges if desired.