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Dessert Recipes

Watermelon Mojito Cupcakes

We doctored up a box of white cake mix using watermelon puree and flavored vodka to take it to the next level. For more classic flavors, click through for our shortcut mojito cupcakes.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

20 min.

Total Time:

1 hr.


  • 1 (16.5 oz.) pkg. white cake mix
  • ⅔ cup strained watermelon purée, from 1⅓ cups (1”) seedless watermelon cubes
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1⅓ cups salty watermelon flavored vodka (such as UV)
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 30 drops liquid red food coloring
  • ¼ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 30 drops liquid green food coloring
  • 1½ cups butter, at room temp.
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Watermelon fruit slice candies, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 18 muffin cups with cupcake liners. On low speed, beat cake mix, watermelon purée, egg whites, ⅓ cup vodka and oil until combined. 30 seconds. On medium, beat 2 minutes. Stir in red food coloring. Divide among cupcake liners. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Immediately, using fork, poke 6 sets of holes into top of each cupcake. Brush tops with remaining 1 cup vodka. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on racks.
  2. On low, gradually beat ¼ cup water, peppermint extract and green food coloring into frosting until just blended. On medium-high, beat until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to pastry bag fitted with medium star tip. Pipe over cupcakes; garnish
    with candies.

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