Berry-Lemon Cupcakes


Even more in busy summer months than the rest of the year, we appreciate baking shortcuts like starting with a box of cake mix. This summer cupcake recipe uses a boxed lemon cake mix and adds fresh berries for all of summer's best flavors in one individually-portioned dessert.

Berry-Lemon Cupcakes
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 1 package lemon-flavor cake mix (2-layer size)

  • 1 ½ cup chopped fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, or fresh raspberries

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Buttercream Frosting

  • Lemon zest strips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Divide batter among prepared cups. In a small bowl toss berries with flour; sprinkle over batter. Bake 20 minutes or until tops are light brown and spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in muffin cups on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove and cool completely on rack. Spread or pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Top with zest and additional berries. Makes 24 cupcakes.

Buttercream Frosting

In an extra-large bowl beat 1 cup softened butter with a mixer on medium speed 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy. Beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Add 2 Tbsp. heavy cream, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional), and a dash salt; beat on low until combined. Gradually beat in 3 cups powdered sugar just until combined. Beat on medium speed 5 minutes or until fluffy, scraping bowl as needed. Add additional 1 Tbsp. heavy cream; beat on high 1 minute more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
10g Fat
38g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 5.8mg 29%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 32mg 1%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 14.6mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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