Watermelon Cupcakes + Summer Picnic Party Giveaway

Watermelon Cupcakes

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Want to know the best way to tell if the treats you make are a hit or a flop? Don’t watch as people eat them… listen. Stand off in the distance and just listen. You know you’ve got a winning recipe if after the first bites you hear a loud exclamation of “Oh my God!”.

That’s the response you can expect to these watermelon cupcakes. Or at least, that’s the response I got, which makes me confident enough to almost guarantee that you will love these cupcakes!

BONUS! For more fun treats that would be a perfect addition to any summer picnic checkout the Summer Picnic Party after the Watermelon Cupcakes recipe. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of six fabulous prizes!

Watermelon Cupcakes

This cupcake recipe is perfect for those with a serious sweet tooth. The watermelon frosting especially is not lacking in the sugar department. Described as tasting like watermelon Jolly Ranchers, the flavor is intense and consumption of even just one cupcake will almost surely result in a sugar high.

Inspiration for these watermelon cupcakes came from a stunning watermelon flavored cake by the talented Robin of Bird On A Cake. I wasn’t able to find the watermelon Jell-O she used in her recipe for the cake and frosting so I changed things up just a bit.

Watermelon Cupcakes

Watermelon Cupcakes
by sugarkissed.net (adapted from Watermelon Flavored Cake by Bird On A Cake)

1 16.5 oz. box of white cake mix
1 0.15 oz. packet of watermelon Kool-Aid
1/2 cup of watermelon juice (from pureed fresh watermelon)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour
Super Red food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a cupcake pan with paper liners and set aside.
Mix together cake mix and Kool-Aid powder.
Add in the water and oil and combine.
Beat the eggs into the mixture.
Cut a watermelon up into chunks, removing the seeds. Puree the watermelon chunks to create the needed amount of watermelon juice. Mix the watermelon juice into the bowl.
Add a few drops of Super Red food coloring and mix to create a dark pink color.
In a Ziploc bag, shake the chocolate chips and flour until the chips are evenly coated with flour.
Pour the chips into the bowl and fold into the mixture until spread evenly throughout.
Pour the mixture into cupcake liners, filling 3/4 of the liner.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time.
Test cupcakes for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. Remove the cupcakes from the oven when the toothpick comes out clean.
Let cupcake pan sit on a cooling rack for about 20 minutes. Then, remove the cupcakes from the pan and place them on the rack until completely cooled.

Watermelon Cupcakes

I must confess to you that I am new to cream cheese frosting. Most of my experience is with royal icing on sugar cookies. If you’re familiar with royal icing, you know it is pretty much designed to hold its shape. Cream cheese frosting, not so much.

This watermelon cream cheese frosting recipe will blow your taste buds away but don’t plan on piping any intricate designs with it. I added extra powdered sugar to my recipe and chilled it in the fridge periodically as I worked with it to keep it as stiff as possible. Be careful not to over mix your frosting as you add food coloring to it, as I think this resulted in runnier frosting for me.

Watermelon Cupcakes

Watermelon Cream Cheese Frosting
by sugarkissed.net (adapted from Watermelon Flavored Cake by Bird On A Cake)

8 oz. of softened cream cheese
1/2 cup of room temperature unsalted butter
7 – 8 cups of confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons of watermelon juice (from pureed fresh watermelon)
2 teaspoons of watermelon Kool-Aid
Super Red food coloring
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Watermelon fruit jell slices  (one per cupcake)

Combine cream cheese and butter together in a bowl.
Cut a watermelon up into chunks, removing the seeds. Puree the watermelon chunks to create the needed amount of watermelon juice. Mix the watermelon juice into the bowl.
Add the Kool-Aid to the bowl.
Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time, beating the mixture until it has a smooth texture and the thickness desired.
Add a few drops of Super Red food coloring and mix to create a dark pink color.
Chill frosting in the fridge for a few minutes to stiffen if desired.
Pipe frosting onto cupcakes using a Ziploc bag or decorating bag and tip.
Sprinkle chocolate chips onto frosting and add top off with a watermelon fruit jell slice.

Watermelon Cupcakes

The right display can really take these watermelon cupcakes over the top! Start by choosing cupcake wrappers that compliment your treats.

Watermelon Cupcake Wrappers

Create an impressive presentation with a simple cupcake stand.

Cupcake Stand

If your cupcakes are a gift, present them in a creative cupcake box.

Cupcake Box

These watermelon cupcakes would be perfect for a picnic! A collapsible cupcake carrier makes transportation a breeze.

Collapsible Cupcake Carrier

For more fun treats that would be a perfect addition to any summer picnic checkout the recipes in the Summer Picnic Party below. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Sam’s KitchenElderflower Cordial
Lila LoaSandwich Picnic Cookies
Pink Little CakeShortbread Cookie Tart with Caramel Bits
Hungry HappeningsKetchup and Mustard Push up Pops
The PartiologistAnt on a Log
Kitchen Fun with My 3 SonsPicnic Blanket Treats
The Baked EquationLemon Cookie Cake
The Decorated CookieCookies on the String
Not Your Momma’s CookieAnt Attack Cupcakes
Creative Fun Food Picnic Blanket Sandwich
Pint Sized BakerPicnic Cupcakes to Go
Roxana’s Home BakingApricot Orange Kugelhopf
Created by DianeLuau Pasta Salad
Munchkin MunchiesCheckerboard Tablecloth Picnic Cookies
Sugar SwingsDeviled Egg Mini Cakes
Trilogy Edibles – Chocolate Mousse
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Haniela’sRoasted Chicken Green Bean Salad Sandwiches GiveawayPicnicBlogParty

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64 Responses to Watermelon Cupcakes + Summer Picnic Party Giveaway

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  4. I love watermelon, but watermelon flavored treats always taste…off to me? But, I love that this one actually has watermelon juice – I bet it is delicious!
    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma’s Cookie recently posted..Summer Picnic Party: Ant Attack Cupcakes (and a Giveaway!)My Profile

    • Janine says:

      These cupcakes taste a lot like watermelon Jolly Ranchers, Jennifer. If you like those, you’ll live ’em. If not, better stick to vanilla cupcakes dyed pink. :)

  5. I am a huge watermelon fan. Just had some for lunch, as a matter of fact. I’m pretty sure I’d be smiling pretty big after after tasting one of these. Plus they are darn cute. Thanks for joining in on the picnic fun.
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    • Janine says:

      Not only would you be smiling big, but you’d be bouncing off the walls, Beth! A definite sugar high comes with each one of these watermelon cupcakes!

  6. Looks like WATERMELON heaven! What cute cupcakes :) Very fun and creative!
    Diane {Created by Diane} recently posted..Luau Pasta Salad “Summer Picnic Party”My Profile

  7. I LOVE watermelon, so I know these would be a HIT with me! Everything about them is so perfectly coordinated, with the green striped wrappers and the candy topping:) So cute!
    Sue {Munchkin Munchies} recently posted..Checkerboard Tablecloth Sugar Cookies for Summer Picnic PartyMy Profile

  8. Your watermelon cupcakes are so cute – the perfect red and I don’t know how you got them baked without browning! Plus the way they are packaged – Too Cute!

  9. These caught my eye first time I saw them, they are so summery, and bright. Perfect for the picnic. I would love a bite of your watermelon cupcake, they sound delicious.
    I like the way you presented these in the wrappers with a watermelon on the top. Perfect match. Thank you for the packaging ideas!

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  11. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,

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  12. Very cute cupcakes, fun for summer! Found on Sugar & Slice :)

    If you are interested in linking them at our SUPER SUNDAY Link Party it is live through Tuesday evening, we’d love to see you come & visit.

    Who Needs A Cape? (Not Your Average Super Moms!)
    Lori Who Needs A Cape? recently posted..Super Sunday Link Party #7My Profile

    • Janine says:

      Thanks for stopping by to check out my Watermelon Cupcakes, Lori! And thanks for the invite. I’ll check it out.

  13. Michelle says:

    OMG!!! YUM! I know that’s what I would say if I had one! So fun for Summer!
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  14. Nessa says:

    SO yummy!

  15. Melissa says:

    I love your cupcakes Janine! Your photography is so captivating!
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