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Easy, Quick Watermelon Cupcake {store to party in about 1 hour}

by Maria
Easy, quick watermelon cupcakes

We had a little over an hour until my daughter was headed to a community swim party. It was a potluck, and I decided NOT to just pick up something at the store.  She wanted to make cupcakes, so instead of buying them we bought the ingredients instead. GASP. Will we make it in time? Sometimes she talks me into these things. We went home to make our easy, quick watermelon cupcake recipe.

These DELICIOUS cupcakes (it’s all in the frosting, guys) had to be fast because that party was at 10:15, and it was 9 am when we left for the store.

$10 and a little bit of bonding time.  Everyone was raving about these, and she was able to share her appreciation for the swim staff with these treats.

I am telling you that all of us busy people should do this more often! This is high impact bonding.easy watermelon cupcakes

My daughter thought these watermelon cupcakes were the cutest on Pinterest. Check out our board with lots of adorable summer treats.

This DIY is all over Pinterest, so I surely didn’t invent it.  I am not even sure where it originated, but this is where I found it at the FIRST YEAR blog. Her photos are  styled with juice and watermelon slices.

If you want to see more photos check her recipe out.easy watermelon cupcakes

This is where this recipe gets real, y’all! When your three year old just has to frost too… well some of them come out “different”. Bless her tiny little heart.

I’m gonna be super honest here. I don’t need people to think we are perfect.

That actually makes me feel uncomfortable. I like spreading love and joy with treats, gifts and parties. I also love to make people laugh. Letting a few cupcakes like this go to the party, well what mom can’t relate!

easy watermelon cupcakes

I think it is hilarious, and I did send a silly one.

easy watermelon cupcakes

Easy, quick watermelon cupcakes with the BEST buttercream frosting

What you need

  • Cake mix and ingredients to make
  • Green cupcake liners
  • Green and red food dye
  • 3/4 tsp watermelon kool-aid
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or ½ pound), softened (but not melted!)
  • 3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • up to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Mini chocolate chips

1.Make a batch of vanilla cupcakes and add green food dye and use green liners. OR just use green liners. I think that would have been just as darling.  Adding a liner outside of the one you baked them in adds a punch of color.

2. Cool cupcakes after baking for 15 minutes

We made the frosting while these baked, and got her gear and lunch together while they cooled.

3.  Frost with watermelon buttercream

4. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips


The Best WATERMELON Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or ½ pound), softened (but not melted!)
  • 4-5 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • up to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 tsp watermelon kool aid
  • 4-8 drops of red food coloring

The Best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Instructions:
Beat butter with a mixer on medium speed. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar at a slow speed until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. After the sugar and butter are creamy, set mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes. Add up to a cup of powdered sugar or a tablespoon of milk until you reached the right consistency. Add kool aid and red food dye to dark pink

Plan for a batch of frosting for each cake mix.



Watch Giselle (my 8 year old) make these cupcakes!  It’s that easy.


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Kat (The Baking Explorer) July 31, 2017 - 7:57 am

These cupcakes look fantastic! Well done on making them so quickly!!

Kim~madeinaday August 1, 2017 - 7:38 am

These are really cute cupcakes! Love you send a bad one too. Sharing on FB. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

Maria August 2, 2017 - 7:05 pm

Thank you so much for sharing! Isn’t life just so funny? Those bad ones crack me up!

Jodie August 1, 2017 - 12:19 pm

These are really CUTE!

I would love if you’d share at my first ever Reader Tip Tuesday: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/01/reader-tip-tuesday-along-new-food-craft-party/

HOpe to see you & these cute cupcakes there…

Maria August 2, 2017 - 7:11 pm

Done! Thank you for the invite.

mandy August 7, 2017 - 10:09 am

These are so cute!! I love making cupcakes, I will have to try these out! #HomeMattersParty

Jodie August 8, 2017 - 9:02 am

Just love these! Thanks for joining the first ever Reader Tip Tuesday! I hope you join us at this week’s party: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/08/reader-tip-tuesday-food-craft-party/
Have a GREAT day…

Mother of 3 August 10, 2017 - 3:23 am

Those are adorable! Pinned.

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