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This Tropical Mango Cupcakes Recipe Puts a Fresh Spin on the Classic Treat

Mango nectar and fresh lime zest add a sweet and citrusy flavor to store-bought cake mix

One of the best things about cupcakes? There are just so many varieties to try! And this Mango Cupcakes recipe really brings the flavor. It starts with yellow cake mix, which gets a tropical twist thanks to mango nectar and lime zest. Once the cupcakes bake to tender perfection, they’re cooled and topped with two kinds of frosting: one plain and another that’s infused with the nectar. A garnish of sliced mango and fresh lime transform these cupcakes into wow-worthy bakeshop beauties!

If you’re not a fan of mango, replace the nectar and fruit with peach, guava or apricot. Also, you can bake the cupcakes the day before and store them in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, pipe the frosting on top and garnish. It’s clear that this recipe is the perfect summer-inspired treat to satisfy your sweet tooth! Share your favorite cupcake flavors in the comments below.

Craving more deletable cupcake recipes? Try these Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes or Milk Chocolate Cupcakes.


24 servings

Total Time

Prep Time


  • 1 (15.25 oz.) pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • ¾ cup mango nectar
  • 2 tsp. grated lime zest
  • 1 (1 lb.) pkg. butter, at room temp.
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 12 drops liquid yellow food coloring
  • 2 drops liquid red food coloring
  • ¼ cup white decorating sugar
  • Lime slices
  • 2 mangoes, pitted, sliced


• Heat oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners. On low, beat cake mix, eggs, oil, ½ cup nectar, zest and ½ cup water 30 sec.; on medium, beat 2 min. Divide among liners. Bake until pick inserted in centers comes out clean, 15–18 min. Let cool.

• On medium speed, beat butter until fluffy, 2 min. On low, gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar, then remaining nectar; on medium-high, beat until fluffy, 2–3 min. Beat in food colorings. Transfer 1½ cups frosting to pastry bag fitted with star tip. Transfer remaining frosting to pastry bag fitted with ½" plain tip. Pipe layer of frosting with plain tip over cupcakes. Sprinkle decorating sugar. Pipe remaining frosting in center with star tip. Garnish with lime and mango slices.


  • Calories: 350
  • Fat: 21 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 11 gram
  • Protein: 2 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 42 gram
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 64 mg
  • Sugar: 34 gram
  • Sodium: 266 mg
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