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Watermelon Lemonade Cupcakes

Updated on June 17, 2016

Why Watermelon and Lemonade?

I love Bath and Body Works and they have a foamy soap called Watermelon Lemonade. It smells so nice on your hands and looks so pretty in the bottle that it inspired me to use that combination in other things.

In a previous hub titled Cool Drinks for Hot Days I posted Watermelon Lemonade, a fresh fruit summer drink and then I decided to make cupcakes. I found a number of recipes using the lemonade in the cupcake batter and watermelon in the frosting. I decided to do it different because I wanted it to be mine, so I did the cupcake with fresh watermelon juice and put the lemonade in the frosting.

My second granddaughter, Alexis loved this idea and so did my youngest granddaughter, Olivia, whom I used in other hubs. I hope you enjoy these cupcakes as much as my family did.

About These Cupcakes.

I never went to culinary school or baking school, nor did I ever do this professionally. I'm just a home cook. Someone who loves to cook, bake, collect and follow recipes and even make up some of my own.

So if my cupcakes and other bake goods don't look professional, that is why. But I go for taste. It would be nice to make them look prettier, but it doesn't bother anyone who eats them and that's what counts. So don't worry if your cupcakes or cakes or other baked goods don't look like they just came out of a magazine. You just keep baking and cooking and feed your loves ones. It's the taste that counts.

Watermelon Lemonade Cupcakes

A cupcake ready to eat!
A cupcake ready to eat! | Source
The juice from about 4 cups of cubed watermelon.
The juice from about 4 cups of cubed watermelon. | Source
Straining the lumps out of the purred watermelon.
Straining the lumps out of the purred watermelon. | Source
All ingredients ready to be mixed.
All ingredients ready to be mixed. | Source
Cupcakes out of the oven.
Cupcakes out of the oven. | Source

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Tip and Pictures Two of my Granddaughters Below

I used a yellow cake mix, but a white cake mix is just as good. In fact, it all depends on how you want the color to come out. The yellow cake mix mixed with the red watermelon makes sort of a cake in an orangey color. A white cake mix mixed with the red watermelon makes it more reddish. You could use a drop of red food coloring, but I wanted them to be natural and besides there are people who are allergic to food dies. My first granddaughter was allergic to red food dye. So that may be a consideration for you.

Pictures of Two of my Granddaughters

Granddaughter Alexis
Granddaughter Alexis | Source
Granddaughter Olivia
Granddaughter Olivia | Source
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 13 min
Ready in: 43 min
Yields: Makes 24 cupcakes
  • 1 yellow or white cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup watermelon juice
  • 1/2 cup watermelon, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • I lb. 10X (Confectioners Sugar)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup crisco
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup lemonade powder mix
  • Enough milk, to your preferred constancy


  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Put cup cake papers in the cupcake tins.
  2. Chop about 2 or 3 cups of watermelon and put in blender and blend. It will not be juice at first. You will need 1/2 cup. Push the blended watermelon through a sifter into a container or measuring cup.
  3. Chop in small pieces 1/2 cup more of watermelon. Mix all ingredients and follow the instruction on the back of the box.
  4. Fill the cupcake papers and bake for about 13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let them cool.
  5. For the Frosting:
  6. Put all of the ingredients in a medium bowl except the milk. When adding the milk add about 3 tablespoons first then just a teaspoon at a time till it's the consistency you want.
  7. You can spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes with a butterknife or through a piping bag. Let them cool in the refrigerator a little then enjoy!


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      Patricia Scott 14 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Rachel So glad I saw this today. I have a watermelon that is so juicy....I can no use all of that juice to give these a try. I will come back and let you know how it goes. Have a very lovely Fourth. Angels are once again on the way ps pinned

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      Rachel L Alba 15 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi purl3agony, So nice to see you here. Thanks for the visit and so nice comment. It's appreciated.

      Blessings to you.

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      Donna Herron 15 months ago from USA

      Watermelon and lemonade are two of my favorite flavors of summer! Can't wait to try this recipe for our summer cookouts. Thanks for sharing! Pinned to my recipe board.

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      Rachel L Alba 15 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi RTalloni, Thank you for the tip on how to look for a good watermelon, it helped me out too. After all these years, I'm still never sure.

      Thanks also for your visit. Let me know how your version turns out.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 15 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks Alicia for visiting and such a nice comment. I appreciate it.

      Blessings to you.

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      RTalloni 15 months ago from the short journey

      Jackie, Saw your Q on picking out watermelons here. The no-fail-for-me method is to look for a nice plump melon with a yellow belly. No soft ends or spots, of course.

      This watermelon/lemon combination looks wonderful! I have some fresh of both and believe I'll give a from-scratch version of this a try.

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      Linda Crampton 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The combination of watermelon and lemon sounds very interesting. I love the photos of your granddaughters!

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      Rachel L Alba 15 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jackie, thanks for visiting and the great comment. I wish I could tell you how to pick a good watermelon, but unfortunately all I go for if it's green all around. The very little ones don't seem to be as sweet as the bigger ones though.

      Blessings to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds so yummy. I love watermelon like never before, if I weren't so ancient I would think I was pregnant I crave it so. I have to buy it already cut though because I am so bad not selecting a good melon? You have any secrets there?