Summer Cupcakes

12 cupcakes
25 min

are a great way to add a tasty and vibrant dessert for any summer fun occasion. This is the perfect tropical/pool-themed cupcake. I love using it for pool parties as well as a simple and sweet treat when I’m craving something delicious.

Easy Cupcakes For Summer

I adore these cupcakes in every way possible because that is super simple to whip up. This is a great bonding experience because I love making them and designing them just how I like with my family. So, they can design and have their very own summer cupcake. I have some great options for frostings, flavors, and decorations you can use to make these your very own.

What Are Summer Cupcakes?

These cupcakes are the epitome of summer. They have summer colors, flavors, and the summer look. These summer treats have a vibrant blue ocean/pool-colored frosting to look similar to water. On top are pineapples and flamingos to give them that strong summer vibe.

What Flavors Should These Cupcakes Be?

For me, summer cupcakes are not about the flavor. It is about the way the cupcake looks. Anything can be a summer cupcake flavor. If I were to choose a summer cupcake flavor, I would lean towards these options that I have below:

These two flavors are great plain cakes to use because then you are able to add any kind of flavoring that you like. You can try lemon, vanilla, strawberry, pineapple, coconut, mango, and all other types of fruity flavors.

  • Classic Yellow Cake Recipe
  • Classic White Cake Mix

Other Options:

  • Decadent Chocolate Cake
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

Can I Use A Homemade Cake Recipe?

I love using my homemade Classic White Cake Mix for this recipe because the possibilities of flavors are endless. Any kind of homemade cake will work great with these cupcakes too.

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What Type Of Frosting Is Best For Summer Cupcakes?

Again, the possibilities of frosting are endless with these cupcakes. I prefer using my American Buttercream Frosting because you can add different colors to match any occasion. I also love a Chocolate Buttercream Frosting once in a while and you can’t go wrong with Lemon Frosting.

Other Ways To Decorate Summer Cupcakes:

You can use all sorts of things to decorate these cupcakes. Down below are some great ways to decorate your recipe and create an eye-popping cupcake in no time!

Sprinkles: These are my go-to idea for decorating. I love using a ton of different colored sprinkles and sprinkle shapes.

Filling: This not only adds more flavor to the recipe, but it can add more color! Fill it with different kinds of buttercream frosting, strawberry filling, custard, cream, and more!

Frosting: Go crazy with the frosting! Use different flavors as well as different piping tips to add designs.

Here are some great kits to get you started:

  • 115 PCS Kit #1
  • 66 PCS Kit #2
  • 12 PCS Kit #3
How To Store Cupcakes For Summer?

Place the cupcakes into an airtight container for the best storage method. These cupcakes can be left at room temperature, but if you want them to last a while, I recommend placing them in the fridge or freezer.

How To Freeze Cupcakes?

Place the cupcakes in one layer into an airtight and freezer-safe container. They can keep for up to 3 months in the freezer as long as they are stored properly.

Key Ingredients You’ll Need

White Cake Mix



Vegetable Oil

Funfetti Aqua Blue Icing

Wilton Flamingo Sprinkles

Wilton Pineapple Sprinkles

How To Make Summer Cupcakes

Step 1. Prepare the white cake mix by following the link in the ingredients.

Step 2. Grease the cupcake pan or line with cupcake liners.

Step 3. Pour the prepared cake batter into the pan about 3/4 of the way full.

Step 4. Place the cupcakes into the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow the cupcakes to cool while you prepare the frosting.


Step 1. Place the blue icing into a Ziploc bag with a Wilton Tip 1M and frost the cupcake.

Step 2. Sprinkle or place the flamingo and pineapple sprinkles to your liking and enjoy!

More Incredible Summer Recipes:

  • Caramel Apple Dip Recipe
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip
  • Creamsicle Fluff Dip
  • Cherry Cheesecake Dip
  • Chocolate Mug Cake
  • Slow Cooker Lava Cake Recipe
  • Melted Snowman Cookies
  • Lemon Icebox Cake
Recipe details
  • 12  cupcakes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 1 box cake mix we used white but you could use pineapple upside cake for a more summer cupcake!
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • Icing Funfetti Aqua Blue
  • Sprinkles Wilton Flamingo
  • Sprinkles Wilton Pineapple

Mix cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs according to the cake mix box.
Spray cupcake pan with cooking spray if you choose not to use cupcake liners. Otherwise, put down cupcake liners first.
Pour cupcake mix into a measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour the cupcake mix into the cupcake pan, making sure not to fill all the way to the top.
Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Let cupcakes cool.
While the cupcakes are cooling, cut your green twizzlers in half for the pineapple’s stem.
Transfer your aqua blue icing to a ziploc bag or a Wilton icing bag. I used a Wilton Tip 1M to pipe on the frosting on top of the cupcake.
Frost each cupcake with the icing. On the top of the cupcake, sprinkle the flamingo and pineapple sprinkles on top of the cupcake.
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