Lavender Lemonade Cupcakes

Lavender Lemonade Cupcakes-001

I’m joining The Novel Bakers

for Lavender Week. . .

I found a quick & easy recipe for Lemonade Cupcakes using a boxed cake mix and frozen lemonade concentrate.

I decided to boost the flavor factor by adding some dried culinary French lavender to the cake mix after discovering Chocolate Lavender Brownies!


Lavender Lemonade Cupcakes,

adapted from Southern Living


1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines French Vanilla)

1 tablespoon dried culinary French lavender, finely ground in a spice grinder

1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream  (I used light sour cream)

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened (I used 2 oz. light cream cheese since that’s what I had left from an 8 ounce block)

3 large eggs



Remove 2 tablespoons lemonade concentrate from can, and reserve for frosting.

Combine remaining concentrate, cake mix, finely ground lavender, sour cream, cream cheese and eggs in a mixing bowl. Beat at low speed with an electric mixer until moistened. Beat at high speed 3 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides. Spoon batter into 30 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each three-fourths full.


I use a 1 1/2 oz. ice cream scoop which fills the cupcake liners easily and with the right amount of batter.


Bake at 350° for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

The cupcakes are moist and have the texture of pound cake with the addition of the sour cream and cream cheese. The addition of lavender is wonderful with the lemon!

I ended up with 22 moist & lemony cupcakes from this recipe, even though Southern Living says it makes 30.


Confession time:

I’m one of those people who like canned frosting. . .especially Pillsbury’s Creamy Supreme Cream Cheese Frosting.

{insert *Gasp* here}

Now that the secret is out, I hope you’ll still write & visit :)


I used canned cream cheese frosting and mixed in the 2 reserved tablespoons of lemonade concentrate to add some lemon flavor to the cream cheese.

If the idea of canned frosting makes your teeth ache, there is a  Cream Cheese Frosting recipe here, with lots of 5 star ratings & reviews.

You can find a printable recipe for the cupcakes here.


I cut and added straws from my

Lavender Lemonade and Picnic

and sprinkled some dried lavender.


Joining The Novel Bakers

for Lavender Week, July 22nd – July 28th!

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for more delicious and fragrant fun!

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  34 comments for “Lavender Lemonade Cupcakes

  1. July 26, 2013 at 6:15 am

    I could eat one of your cupcakes for breakfast! Sp pretty too.

  2. July 26, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Good morning! I will have to try those cup cakes this weekend for my grandaughters birthday. Between the crab cakes and cup cakes we will be full of lavender and I’m sure we will all be ” mellow”?

  3. July 26, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Very pretty! Lovin’ the great cupcake wrappers too! Happy Weekend Mary:@)

  4. Kathi
    July 26, 2013 at 7:51 am

    These sound delicious and look beautiful!

  5. Peggy Thal
    July 26, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Very pretty ! Looks so beautiful and delicious. Everyone loves a cupcake. Great photography. Your photos are always so well done.

  6. July 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

    They look delicious! Nothing wrong with a shortcut as long as the final results are yummy! Love the idea of using canned frosting and also, using the ice cream scoop to fill the cupcake liners…less mess and more accurate.

  7. July 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Hi Mary! The cupcakes look divine and so beautiful! You are simply the best food stylist. I know some people are a little snooty about canned frosting, but it IS good and oh so easy peasy and look what you’ve done with it!! Happy weekend, dear Mary.

  8. paula
    July 26, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Really now Mary, canned frosting??!!! along with just about everyone!! :) I wanted to run my finger right through those cupcakes, yum yum!!

  9. July 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I laughed at your comment about gasping and teeth aching concerning bought icing. Your cupcakes are so pretty and you deserve some short cuts after the very busy week you have had.

    Pretty tablecloth and great cake stand. Your styling is the best.

  10. July 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

    The cupcakes look so beautiful. I have used Lavender Salt on fish…need to try these cupcakes…and Lavender Lemonade too! Beautiful post…looking forward to the next one!

  11. Kim
    July 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Gosh, these look good and I have no problem with canned frosting. You are so funny.

  12. July 26, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I haven’t had anything to eat yet and would LOVE one of those cupcakes…or 2!!!! They look so yummy! Have a great weekend you BUSY girl!!! XO

  13. July 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    oh those cupcakes are FUN! i have to confess i can never use recipes that don’t have fresh lemons, my trees would kill me if i did… you are just brimming with lavender, look at the jar to the tippy top! oh this does sound so good, maybe if i made them here they wouldn’t know…its the sour cream that makes me weak, it makes things so extra moist… your pics are adorable, i so loving this world of purple we are all living in this week!

  14. July 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Yes, my teeth are hurting just thinking of that frosting! Confession time I will eat that frosting out of the can!!! oops my secret is out.
    The recipe looks and sounds divine. I will be trying it out this weekend. Not sure if I can make the presentation as nice. I will give it my best.

  15. July 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Had to laugh at your confession…I came out of the closet a couple of years ago and confessed I adore Peeps…Some of my foodie friends were shocked and some admitted to their own little secrets…

    The batter sounds delicious! My niece who is a cake baker-decorator always adds a touch of sour cream to her cake batters.

    I must ask…what tip did you use to get such beautiful swirls with your frosting?

  16. July 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    just delightful Mary, I love how you have dressed them up for the photos, they look like ballerinas at the recital with their ruffly “tutu” papers! the little straws look adorable and the cupcake in the jar of lavender steals the show! The recipe sounds so good, I can’t wait to try it…as for the icing, I have my own guilty little secrets, I like Velveeta…shhh….

  17. July 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Mary, these are the CUTEST cupcakes I’ve seen in a long, long time. So very clever, complete with the pretty straws, and you did a superb job decorating them (love the addition of lavender, of course)!

    Late to comment today ~ electrical storms here = computer down.

  18. July 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    OHMYGOODNESS! Those look good enough to eat!;>) I love the way you dressed them up with the straws. I can just see the kids pulling the straw out and licking the icing off it- they are so cute! xo Diana

  19. July 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Wow, looks like I’ve missed a whole lotta lavender lovin’ going on here this past week! I think my favorite are your crab cakes but I wouldn’t turn down a cupcake afterward :) Lovely pics and styling, as always!

  20. July 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Another sweet to tempt me! These look delicious and adorable dressed in their lavender finery. Cute idea to add the straws. Your abundant supply of lavender reminds me I need to make a trip to the farmer’s market to buy some more. My supply is running low. This has been a delightful week of lavender. I don’t want it to end.

  21. Rattlebridge Farm
    July 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I hope you saved one for me==must have it now after dealing with a billion weeds in my herb garden (I’m sure I killed everything with Round-Up). I have canned lemonade, cake mix, canned icing–staples in my kitchen. It’s all in the art of swirling the icing, and, well, you know I’m challenged in that area.
    :-) But I shall try. You are always an inspiration and a joy to visit. xx

  22. Cheryl
    July 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    These look so delicious…I just love cupcakes! I made your lavender brownies and they were a big hit. Hope to try these next!

  23. July 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    The lavender cupcakes were beautiful, but I couldn’t take my eyes off that lovely tablecloth. I’m having French linens envy. :)

  24. July 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I came over from Susan’s just to say hello and to let you know that you lavender ladies did an outstanding job this week. Very creative and lots of work.

  25. August 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    These look GORGEOUS! I’ve actually used the SL cupcake recipe before, but I never thought of adding lavender. GENIUS! (And as for your frosting confession—I think every woman should keep a container of it in the fridge for “sampling”! :)

  26. Kim
    July 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I would have never thought to add the lavender to lemon flavored cupcakes. It looks delightful! Love those papers and straws, too. :-)

  27. Jo"an
    May 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Just finished making these. Haven’t eaten one yet, but the batter was yummy. Unfortunately, only made 19. Didn’t have a scoop, so used a 1/4 cup measure. Also used your cheating idea and went with the pre-made frosting. However, since they are coming to an ADK installation, I tinted the frosting with purple. Hope everyone likes them:)

  28. sabijo
    May 18, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    I saw this post while trying to decide if I should add lavender to my lemon-flavored cupcakes and totally decided to jump in! The thought is making me SO excited! I bought a Pillsbury brand plain white cake (its the pure and simple kind with no preservatives). I added a lot of lemon juice and zest, that’s all I had. The lemonade sounds great! I ground up the lavender as suggested and threw it in! I feel like I am living in the south of France now, lol! Waiting for them to bake. :)

  29. Nancy B
    June 25, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    HI Mary,
    I’d love to make these for my daughters garden wedding reception! I want the yard to be bursting with flowers everywhere. These would be ideal. However, I found no “printable recipe here” box for either the cupcakes nor the frosting from scratch. Please provide via email? There are lots of similar recipes online but yours sound the best.
    Many thanks!

    • June 26, 2016 at 4:36 am

      Hi Nancy, The links are there for the printable recipes, just not highlighted. I’ll change them so there more noticeable when I have a chance. The cupcake printable recipe is here and the 5 star cream cheese frosting is here. Good luck planning your daughter’s garden reception, it sounds beautiful!

  30. June 26, 2016 at 1:21 am

    WOW just stumbled on your site I’m really excited to get blogging MY ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO OPEN “A TEA GARDEN CAFE”

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