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Strawberry Lemonade Olive Oil Cupcakes

Your favorite summer beverage becomes a delicious dessert in these sweet-tart cupcakes. Fresh strawberry purée lends a pop of color, while olive oil enhances the fruity flavor and moist texture. The cupcakes are topped with a velvety smooth lemon buttercream frosting and garnished with candied lemon wheels and fresh strawberries. To make the strawberry purée, stem and hull about 8 large strawberries and blend in a food processor until smooth.

Tasty Team
94% would make again
Strawberry Lemonade Olive Oil Cupcakes


for 18 cupcakes

Candied Lemon

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup water (240 mL)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 g)

Strawberry Cupcakes

  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour (345 g)
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar (300 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup olive oil (60 mL)
  • ¾ cup strawberry puree (170 g)
  • 4 large egg whites
  • ⅓ cup whole milk (80 mL)
  • 3 drops red gel food coloring

Lemon Buttercream

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese (225 g), softened
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (110 g)
  • strawberry, sliced, for garnish

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 246
  • Fat 8g
  • Carbs 37g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 24g
  • Protein 4g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Make the candied lemon: Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Thinly slice the lemon into rounds, about ⅛–¼-inch-thick, removing the seeds.
  3. In a medium shallow skillet, combine the water and granulated sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves, 3–4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the lemon slices to the syrup, and simmer until the flesh of the lemons begins to turn translucent, about 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer the lemon slices to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until crisp. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  5. Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 18 muffin tin cups with paper liners.
  6. Make the cupcakes: In a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, strawberry purée, and olive oil. Beat with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until lightened in color and fluffy.
  8. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on medium-low speed until just combined.
  9. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk, and red food coloring.
  10. Add the egg white mixture to the batter and mix on medium-low speed until smooth.
  11. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups, filling each about ¾ of the way.
  12. Bake for 18–22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  13. Make the lemon buttercream: In a large bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese, salt, vanilla, lemon juice, and powdered sugar. Mix with an electric hand mixer on low speed until smooth. Transfer to a zip-top bag with the corner snipped off or a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
  14. Pipe the buttercream on top of the cupcakes. Garnish with the candied lemon wheels and sliced strawberries.
  15. Enjoy!
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Strawberry Lemonade Olive Oil Cupcakes