Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes in a Jar - by Glorious Treats

What could be better on a warm summer day than a cold glass of lemonade?  Well, maybe glass of lemonade and a Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake!

These delicious Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes in a jar are a perfect sweet, tart treat!  This recipe could certainly be made as traditional cupcakes, but layering the cake and frosting in a jar makes it extra easy to bring along for a picnic or BBQ.  And of course, I have a special love for desserts in jars =)

Certainly, feel free to adjust the flavor combo to your desires… I’m sure these would be equally delicious as Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes (by simply replacing the strawberries listed with raspberries), or you could keep them just lemon, by omitting the strawberries and adding a bit of lemon juice to the frosting (as detailed in the recipe below).

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes in a Jar - by Glorious Treats

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Yield: 12-14 cupcakes (or 8-9 cupcakes in a jar)

Sweet, tart and perfect for summer!


Lemon Cupcakes
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/2 cup oil (vegetable, canola or extra light olive oil)
1/2 cup sour cream (any fat content)

Strawberry Frosting
1/2 cup Challenge butter
4oz. (1/2 block) cream cheese (cold)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 Tablespoons strawberry jam
2-3 fresh strawberries, pureed (or very finely chopped)
1 Tablespoon heavy cream, or milk, as needed


Lemon Cupcakes

* Preheat oven to 350*F.
* In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together with whisk, and set aside.
* In the bowl of an electric mixer, add eggs and beat 10-20 seconds. Add sugar and continue to beat on medium speed about 30 seconds. Add vanilla, lemon extract, lemon juice, zest and oil, beat. Add sour cream and blend until combined.
* Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture. Mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
* Pour (or scoop) batter into a muffin pan prepared with paper liners. Fill liners about 2/3 full (no more).
* Bake cupcakes in pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes

Strawberry Frosting

* In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until fully smooth.
* Add cream cheese, and again beat until fully incorporated and very smooth.
* While mixing on low speed, add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
* Add vanilla extract, then strawberry jam and beat until well combined.
* If the frosting is very thick, add heavy cream or milk, then beat until light and fluffy.
* Frost on cooled cupcakes.

Frosting notes - If the jam you are using has large chunks in it, you may need to blend in a food processor or press through a fine strainer before adding to the frosting. Feel free to replace strawberry jam and strawberries with raspberry jam. Depending on the ripeness of your berries, you may want to add 1 drop of pink food coloring to the icing. To make lemon frosting, omit the jam, berries and cream, and add 1-2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice.

Cupcake in a jar assembly- Remove cupcake liners, and slice cooled cupcakes in half (horizontally). Add one cupcake half to a jar, then a layer of icing (using a piping bag or ziplock type bag with the end snipped off), then repeat with two more layers of cake and icing. Garnish with fresh fruit, as desired.

The jars pictured are 1/2 pint, standard mouth caning jars.

Recipe Source - Glorious Treats

Recipe notes – The lemon cupcake is adapted from my Perfect Vanilla Cupcake recipe, and the frosting is a version of my favorite Cream Cheese Frosting.

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes in a Jar - by Glorious Treats

For extra special presentation, I like to add a cupcake liner as a lid topper (as I did with these Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes, or even a mini jar of cookies).  The fun yellow chevron cupcake liners shown are from Sweets and Treats Boutique.

To top the jars with cupcake liners, start with standard sized cupcake liners (and standard mouth jars, as shown), and use your fingers to press out some of the creases (closest to the center) of the liner.  You can either add the liner on top of both the flat lid and the jar ring (as show below), or add the liner on top of the flat jar lid, then use the ring to hold on the liner (as with these Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes).

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes in a Jar  (cute packaging idea!)

Shopping notes-

The jars shown are 1/2 pint, standard mouth caning jars.  I usually buy them at Wal-Mart, but they are also often available at Target, the grocery store, or Orchard Supply Hardware.

Yellow chevron cupcake liners, from Sweets and Treats Boutique.

Bakers twine, from Bakers Stock.


Happy baking!


  1. You are the Queen of all things PRETTY! So pretty in every way, from top to bottom:). Love the packaging with the cupcake liners and twine!

  2. Do they need to be refrigerated due to the cram cheese in the icing? Great idea and your packaging is gorgeous. I can’t wait to try them.

    • Sara, As long as your home is not overly hot, I usually leave cupcakes (frosted with cream cheese icing) out on the counter up to one full day. There is enough sugar in the recipe to stabilize them. Feel free to keep in the refrigerator if you like, but make sure the cupcakes are well covered, and bring to room temperature before serving.

  3. These are so lovely I can hardly stand it! What is more refreshing than a strawberry lemonade!

  4. They look beautiful!! Perfect for the weather, too 🙂

  5. How summery! Your jars look so perfect!

  6. These sound delicious and totally perfect for summer. But, what I love most is the presentation! The layering in the jar, the sliced fruit topping, the simple and pretty packaging… perfection!

  7. Hi- What a delicious recipe!! Can’ t wait to try it. Could you let me know the size of the jars you use for the cakes. I have been shopping around trying to find the right size. I appreciate the help. thank and keep the wonderful recipes coming. <3 them!

    • Lynda, Thanks! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. As mentioned in the post, the jars shown are 1/2 pint, standard mouth caning jars. I usually find them at Wal-mart

  8. So adorable!!! Love this flavor combo 🙂

  9. Beautiful photo and I love strawberries and lemonade so I can’t wait to try these;)

  10. These look delicious! Your stellar food photography always makes my mouth water (which is no good in this summer heat!)

  11. Glory, these look beautiful!

  12. This sounds like such a great idea, but I will have to make them with a different kind of frosting. You know how I feel about cream cheese dessert! I haven’t made any desserts in jars yet, I need to set some time aside to experiment. Love you!

  13. These are ridiculously cute!! Will definitely be trying these, especially for the novelty of being in jars

  14. This looks amazing – and I happen to have all of the necessary ingredients!!! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks, Glory!!!

  15. These look amazing!

  16. Would the frosting recipe be stiff enough to use to make a swirled, piped top on the cupcake instead?

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  19. I made 2 batches of these already. The lemon cupcakes are delicious as written! 2nd batch I forgot to buy more lemons so I had to substitute the juice and zest with extract and it was a tad too lemon-y. I found the frosting too sweet though and I don’t know if it was because of the 4 cups of powdered sugar or the strawberry jam. I think it’s the powered sugar. I’m looking at your raspberry and blackberry frosting and see that they use more cream cheese and butter to the 4 cups of powdered sugar so I may go with one of those recipes instead. Thank you so much for posting these. Your cupcakes are ways a hit with my family and friends.

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  21. So stinkin cute! I love the cupcake liners as the decorative top! And what a classic, delicious flavor combo!

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  23. This doesn’t get any cuter. I’m making some cupcakes and I have some strawberries in the fridge so I defo need to try this

  24. I’ve just made a batch I’d these and they were delicious, the cake was moist and lemony… However, just like Mom of 2 suggested the icing wasn’t stiff enough to pipe. I don’t know if it was the water content in the strawberries or not, but a little disappointed. What is the recommendation to make this icing stiffer as there is already enough icing sugar? Still delicious and couldn’t’t stop eating them. It definately requires a strawberry garnish on top, to counteract that sweetness

  25. How do you suggest I modify the recipe to make the cake part strawberry?

  26. Could these be made the day before the party and refrigerated over night? Thanks so cute!

    • Hi Teresa, Yes, they could be kept in the fridge overnight. Just be sure to let them come to room temperature before serving. Happy baking!

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  30. The decorating is wonderful, but for this recipe for the icing i didnt add any jam all i did
    was puree i full box of straberrys and it tasted AMAZING!!!

  31. I tried your recipe for the cupcakes and they turned out really well. The frosting though was very runny. Is it because I added the jam and fresh strawberries? Is it one or the other? Also, on the cream cheese frosting recipe, you wrote 8 oz of cream cheese but for the strawberry frosting – just 4 oz. Is that the reason why? Can you please confirm? Otherwise, it tasted really good. 🙂

    • Yes, this frosting can tend to be on the soft side. It’s important to make sure your butter and cream cheese are cold, or cool. Also, if needed, you can put the finished frosting in the fridge for a bit to firm up before use. The amount of cream cheese is really up to you. I like it both ways, and it would work well both ways.

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  35. Last year, i made these for my birthday and brought them into school. I also brought in the Mint Chocolate cupcakes. So many people loved them last year that i decided to bring them in this year too!

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  38. Glory-I want to make this into a 2-layer cake….Should I double it? My daughter wants lemon cake for her birthday tomorrow.


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  40. How can I make the recipe for 50 cupcakes? Thank you

    • The recipe as listed makes 12-14 standard cupcakes with frosting, or 8-9 cupcakes in a jar. So depending on if you are doing them as traditional cupcakes or layered in a jar, you will likely need to make 4-5 times this recipe. I’d suggest doubling the batch and making that, then double again, as needed. Don’t make more than a double batch of the batter at one time.

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