Sundrop Lemon Cupcakes

Gail Springsteen Recipe

By Gail Springsteen gail0925

Approximately 24

Learned to make these in a cupcake class; taught by a fantastic young lady--Amanda Cupcake.

These are so fresh tasting and yummy--they are a hit every time I make them!

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1 box
1emon cake mix
1 c
sundrop soda (or mountain dew or similar soda)
1 Tbsp
freshly grated lemon zest (optional)
1 small
box lemon instant pudding
1 tsp
lemon extract
1/2 c
vegetable oil

Directions Step-By-Step

Pour your Sundrop out of the can/bottle ahead of time into a bowl or cup so it can lose some of its "fizz" before you add it to your cake mix.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place cupcake papers in your cupcake pans.
Pour the cake mix into your mixer bowl.
Add the lemon pudding (in powder form) to the mixture.
Add the lemon extract and oil.
Mix on medium speed for about two minutes until it is well blended.

Add your lemon zest, if you wish, with a spatula.
Fill cupcake papers about 2/3 full.

Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until a toothpic inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.
When they are cool, you can frost them with this tasty frosting:
Lemon Buttercream Frosting:
1 lb of unsalted butter
1-2 tbl of heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp lemon extract
2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest (optional)
3-4 cups powdered sugar
Cut butter into small squares into a large bowl and blend with mixer until fluffy. Add whipping cream, vanilla, and lemon extract to butter. Once ingredients are incorporated, turn mixer down to low and gradually add powdered sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency (the more powered sugar you add, the thicker the texture of frosting). Then add your lemon zest by hand, if you choose to use it.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #lemon, #Cupcakes

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Stephanie Dodd skeen
May 28, 2012
OMG; how delicious. Love lemon and this is a keeper for sure!!!! Thanks for posting!!
Gail Springsteen gail0925
May 28, 2012
They truly are! I am such a lemon lover, and these do for lemon lovers what chocolate does for chocolate lovers! :-) Let me know how they turn out for you when you make them!
gaynel mohler gaynel
May 28, 2012
gorgeous presentation as well
Gail Springsteen gail0925
May 28, 2012
Why, thank you! Can you tell I like a little bling?? :-)
Shelia Senghas earthbaker
Jun 27, 2012
These cupcakes are on my list as well. Beautiful lil' things. Can't wait to give them a try.
Gail Springsteen gail0925
Jun 27, 2012
Let me know how you like these, too, Sheila! I love them! But I'm a lemon lover, so they really appeal to me.
Kathy Young heelfan01
Jul 4, 2012
Being from the state of North Carolina, where Sundrop is king, I was wondering how you got it in Wisconsin. Its mostly a NC, SC drink but has been slowly spread thru a few other states as of late. Recipe sounds great.
Gail Springsteen gail0925
Jul 5, 2012
I wish I knew the answer about Sundrop! I've lived in Wisconsin all my life, and my husband since he was 4 years old. We both remember Sundrop as kids; and then it kind of disappeared. In the last few years it has made a comeback of sorts! It's kind of a big deal--especially from a nostalgic standpoint for lots of people. It's so good, though! This cupcake is so good--almost refreshing--with decorating or not!
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Jul 22, 2012
Yum lemon anything.
Gail Springsteen gail0925
Jul 22, 2012
Me, too! And I think you will find this will take good care of a lemon craving!
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