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Easy Sprite Cupcakes Recipe

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If you’ve never used soda to make cake or cupcakes you are missing out! Try out these easy Sprite cupcakes today for a fun and tasty treat!

Soda and boxed cake mixes are actually a pretty interesting combination that results in a flavorful and moist cake or in this case, cupcakes. You get a little extra boost of flavors based on whichever kind of soda you use, today we’re using a lemon lime soda like Sprite.

Try out some other soda cake and cupcakes recipes like 2 Ingredient Cake | Sprite Cake Recipe, Dr. Pepper Cupcakes, or cream soda cupcakes!

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Pin showing the finished sprite cupcakes ready to eat with title in pink text box at top.

The other interesting fact about using soda when you are using a boxed cake mix is that you don’t actually use all the other ingredients that you would normally use for the boxed mix. Keep an eye on the recipe card here and ignore the instructions on the back of the cake!

We will be making some changes and it can be confusing if you think you need everything on the box plus everything we are using here. Just follow the recipe written below and disregard the directions on the box mix.

Close up of finished sprite cupcakes.

Can I make these Sprite cupcakes gluten free?

You can substitute a gluten free cake mix if you have one that you like. They are often different ounces than regular cake mixes so keep an eye on that and just adjust the soda accordingly to accomodate the difference.

If there is a very sizable difference in ounces I would either cut it in half to match this recipe or double up the other ingredients so that it’s matching as closely as possible in order to avoid any potential issues or fails!

Sprite cupcakes ready to serve or share

What do I need to make cupcakes with lemon lime soda?

This recipe uses Sprite soda, lemon cake mix, cream cheese frosting which is made from cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, milk, lemon extract, lemon zest, and some yellow decorating sugar. You can also use canned frosting! 

You can find the full list of ingredients and amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. It also has nutritional estimates, step by step instructions, and shopping links for you to check out! A great one page resource if you are new to the recipe.

ingredients for sprite cupcakes ready to mix up

Kitchen essentials for tasty recipes like this one:

When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes you’ll want to have the best tools on hand.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are great for all kinds of baking and not just cookies! My husband loves them for making biscuits, pizzas, and more!

Of course mixing bowls, a mixerspatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

Top down look at the finished sprite cupcakes

How to make lemon Sprite cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350F.

finished sprite cupcakes

Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together the white cake mix and Sprite for 2 minutes.

sprite and cake mix in a bowl

Scoop the cupcake batter with a ⅓ cup measuring cup into the prepared cupcake liners.

batter for cupcakes

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Finished sprite cupcakes

In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and powdered icing sugar for 2 minutes, then add the lemon extract and lemon zest. Beat to incorporate, then add the milk as needed.

ingredients for the icing

Scoop the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.

mixing up the lemon sprite cupcakes frosting

Swirl the frosting onto the cupcakes to form a rose pattern.

finished lemon sprite cupcakes

Sprinkle a touch of yellow sugar crystals in a crescent pattern on one edge of each cupcake.

sprite cupcakes with yellow sugar crystals

Looking for more recipes that use soda and cake mixes?

Check out some of these other recipes that use cake mixes and sodas to make a tasty and delicious treat that the whole family will love. It doesn’t get easier than a few simple ingredients and a couple of steps to create an easy to share dessert.

Printable Sprite Cupcakes Recipe:

Yield: 14 Cupcakes

Sprite Cupcakes

Featured image showing the finished sprite cupcakes.

If you've never used soda to make cake or cupcakes you are missing out! Try out these easy Sprite cupcakes today for a fun and tasty treat!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 355mL Sprite
  • 1-15oz Box Lemon Cake Mix
  • Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 4 cups Powdered Icing Sugar, as needed
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Extract
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Yellow Sugar Crystals, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the white cake mix and Sprite for 2 minutes.
  4. Scoop the cupcake batter with a ⅓ cup measuring cup into the prepared cupcake liners.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
  7. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and powdered icing sugar for 2 minutes, then add the lemon extract and lemon zest. Beat to. incorporate, then add the milk as needed.
  8. Scoop the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
  9. Swirl the frosting onto the cupcakes to form a rose pattern.
  10. Sprinkle a touch of yellow sugar crystals in a crescent pattern on one edge of each cupcake.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 2g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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