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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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Of course mixing bowls, a mixer, spatula, 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!
How to make lemon Sprite cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350F.
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.
Scoop the cupcake batter with a ⅓ cup measuring cup into the prepared cupcake liners.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
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.
Scoop the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
Swirl the frosting onto the cupcakes to form a rose pattern.
Sprinkle a touch of yellow sugar crystals in a crescent pattern on one edge of each cupcake.
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:
- Cupcake Ingredients:
- 12 oz 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
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- 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.
- Scoop the cupcake batter with a ⅓ cup measuring cup into the prepared cupcake liners.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
- 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.
- Scoop the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
- Swirl the frosting onto the cupcakes to form a rose pattern.
- Sprinkle a touch of yellow sugar crystals in a crescent pattern on one edge of each cupcake.
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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.