Mt. Dew Cupcakes

Mt. Dew CupcakesLate spring & summer are when the majority of my family have their birthdays, and there really isn’t anything better than cupcakes for a birthday celebration. For my oldest son’s 14th birthday this year I decided to make him Mt. Dew cupcakes because of his obsession with this super sweet drink! When I first saw this on Pinterest I didn’t want to pin it because it honestly sounded a little gross to me, but I figured that my son would love them and went ahead and pinned it anyway.

In reality, the recipe was quite good and made a cupcake with a very strong lemon-lime flavor. My son actually said he didn’t like them that much because they didn’t taste enough like Mt. Dew (read: they weren’t sickeningly sweet enough). They were a hit with everyone else though and I was able to give many away as gifts because the recipe made about 2 dozen.

Ingredients

For the Cake:
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup Mountain Dew
  • 1/4 cup of lemon and lime juice (juice from 1 lemon and 1 lime)
  • zest from 1 lemon and 2 limes (separate into 2 piles, one for buttercream)
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Mountain Dew
  • Juices from half of 1 lemon and half of 1 lime.
  • Lemon and lime zest (rest of zest from cupcake recipe. Or zest from half of 1 lemon and 1 whole lime)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • neon green food coloring (yellow and blue if you don’t have green)

Instructions

For the Cake:

1. Beat butter on medium for 30 seconds.
2. Add sugar and lemon, lime zest. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy.
3. Add eggs one at a time, Scrape sides of bowl in between additions
4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add to mixer bowl. Turn on low for 5 seconds.
5. Add the Mountain Dew, lemon/lime juice. Mix to combine.
5. Scoop into cupcake papers about two-thirds full.
6. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.                          

For the Frosting:

1. Sift powdered sugar into a bowl or onto parchment
2. Beat butter at medium-high speed until creamy
3. Add half of the sugar, turn mixer on low for 5 seconds.
4. Add the Mountain Dew, zest, and lemon extract . Beat until combined.
5. Add food coloring to the desired color.
6. Gradually add remaining sugar until you get to the consistency and sweetness you like