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Incorporating lemon-lime soda into your batter gives these cupcakes a delightfully light and airy texture, while reducing Mountain Dew into a syrup produces the perfect pop of flavor to mix into prepared vanilla icing. Whether you’re a hardcore Mountain Dew fan or just happen to have part of a leftover 2-liter that needs to be used up, these soda-inspired cupcakes are a fun and easy treat to whip up with a box caked mix.

Recipe by Well Done


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 5 mins
Makes 2 dozen (serving size: 1 cupcake)


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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine cake mix, oil, eggs, egg whites, lime zest, lemon zest, and 1 cup of the Mountain Dew in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Beat in green and yellow food coloring until desired shade of green is achieved. Pour batter evenly into 2 (12-cup) muffin pans lined with paper baking cups. Bake until done and lightly golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring remaining 1 cup Mountain Dew to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Cook at a rapid simmer until reduced to about 1 tablespoon, about 15 minutes. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Stir Mountain Dew reduction into vanilla frosting. Add green and yellow food coloring until desired shade of green is achieved.

  • Spread cupcakes with frosting, and sprinkle with sparkling sugar sprinkles. Place 1 straw piece in each cupcake.