Lemonade Sweet Tea Cupcake Recipe: Perfect for End of Summer!

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In our travels, we discovered the delicious combination of half sweet tea, half lemonade. And, while sweet tea is a quintessential Southern summer drink, adding lemonade to the mix is a fun way to combine two of our favorite drinks. So, I thought, why not combine the two for a cupcake recipe? This Lemonade Sweet Tea Cupcake recipe uses real iced tea in the cupcake batter and lemon zest in the frosting. Ready for an easy, sweet cupcake recipe that’s perfect for end-of-summer snacking? Here’s the easy recipe and directions.

Want a summer dessert that goes perfect with iced tea? Here's a super easy recipe for Lemonade Sweet Tea Cupcakes! The recipe calls for only a few simple ingredients, too.


Disclosure: I’m part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network and was asked to write about #MomentsToSavor and Tradewinds Tea. Yes, I’ve been compensated for this post but all opinions are my own! #AD

Lemonade Sweet Tea Cupcake Recipe

Recipe makes approximately 12 cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Dry ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt (right around 1/8 teaspoon)

Wet ingredients

  • 1 stick of room temperature butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 3 large eggs (or two extra large eggs)
  • 3/4 cup Tradewinds Unsweet Iced Tea
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Cupcakes should be the color of a weak tea when ready to pull out of the oven.


1. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate, medium-sized bowl. Mix together with fork to remove any lumps.

2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Stir in vanilla.

3. Add 1/2 of the dry mixture, then add 1/2 of the iced tea. Alternate until combined. Beat on high for about 30 seconds and scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add cupcake papers to muffin/cupcake tin and add batter evenly to all 12 cups.

Bake for right around 20 minutes. Depending on your oven, you may need to add a minute or two so check on the cupcakes every few minutes and test the tops. If they spring back, you know they’re done. Let cool for two minutes and remove the cupcakes, cooling them on the counter or a wire cooling rack.

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Lemonade Frosting Recipe

You’ll only need three ingredients for this easy frosting recipe:

  • 4 cups Icing sugar/powdered sugar
  • Zest and juice of two lemons
  • 1 stick of room temperature butter

Ok, this is super simple. Zest both lemons and add zest to a bowl. Set aside. Take those two lemons that you’ve just zested and squeeze all of the juice out of them into another bowl. Add icing sugar to mixing bowl with whisk attachment and beat for a few seconds to remove lumps. Next, Add zest and beat for about 10 seconds. Add juice and beat again. Finally, add the butter, about 1/2 stick at a time. Beat for two to three minutes. Add to piping bag or hand frost.

I thought it was fun to add a sprig of mint to each cupcake to really liven up the look.

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Why Tradewinds Tea?

Let’s chat about Tradewinds Tea for a moment. Yes, you can buy individual bottles for on-the-go, but I really dig the fact that it has gallon bottles in the Sweet Tea and Unsweet Iced Tea varities. So, I drink both. Sometimes I want mine sweetened; other times the unsweet style is perfect. The brand uses high-quality ingredients (I can pronounce every one of them. Remember that 80’s commercial?) and filtered water to give the cleanest, most refreshing flavor and taste.

So, when it came down to which style to use for this recipe, the Unsweet Iced Tea won out. Why? I didn’t want the cupcakes to be overly-sweet. It also pairs nicely with the rich, lemony frosting and cuts the sweetness.

Have you ever made cupcakes using iced tea instead of milk? Please let me know in the comment section below if you’re planning on trying them out!

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10 Thoughts to “Lemonade Sweet Tea Cupcake Recipe: Perfect for End of Summer!”

  1. Ryan

    Not a huge fan of iced tea, but that cupcake looks yummy!

  2. Ola

    Boy what an interesting recipe. I never would have thought to add tea to it.

  3. Mmmm, I just love tea! I’m sure I’d enjoy these cupcakes. I’ve never tried to make them with tea, but now I’m intrigued.

  4. These sound incredible! I love tea and lemonade so you’ve basically created my dream cupcakes here. I’m going to have to find a time to try these soon.

  5. Those cupcakes look delicious! I love homemade frostings! The mint leaf also adds a nice touch!

  6. I would love to taste these lemonade sweet tea cupcakes… A cute cupcake with lemon and sweet tea makes the perfect southern summer dessert. Now I get my mouth watering 🙂

  7. I am a sucker for sweet tea and this cupcake recipe looks absolutely delicious, I wan to give it a try one day

  8. Sophie

    You’ve iced these so beautifully and I can’t wait to try these myself.

    Sophie | MapleTreeBlog

  9. Joy

    There goes my diet! lol. I will be trying out this recipe this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Stuart Brazell

    I am seriously salivating! This sounds so freakin delicious I am so hungry now!! Great recipe 🙂

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