Iced Tea Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting is a cupcake recipe made from iced tea lemonade! These cute cupcakes are perfect for summer BBQs and parties! #lemoncupcakes #icedteacupcakes

Iced Tea Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: iced tea cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 237 kcal

Iced Tea Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting Recipe- a cupcake recipe for iced tea lemonade. Cute cupcakes with lemon and sweet tea flavors, perfect for summer BBQs and parties. It is an Arnold Palmer for dessert!




  • 1 cup milk
  • 10 black tea bags
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt

Lemon Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • Zest of one lemon


  • Sparkling Sugar white or clear
  • Lemon candy sticks
  • Sugared fruit wedges


  1. Pour milk into a microwave safe container that has at least 1-2 inches of space at the top. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Unwrap 5 black tea bags and place into the milk. Repeat this process with 1/2 cup water and the remaining 5 black tea bags. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 24 muffin tins with desired liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. After removing teabags, add 1/2 cup of milk/black tea mixture (discard the remaining milk). Remove tea bags from water and add all of the water/black tea mixture. Mix until combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well and start to gradually mix into wet iced tea cupcake mixture.
  5. Spoon iced tea cupcake mixture evenly into 24 cupcake tins. Bake for 22 minutes or until tops are lightly browned a spring back when pressed with your finger. Remove iced tea cupcakes and allow to fully cool.
  6. When cupcakes are cooled, start to make the lemon frosting Lemon frosting recipe will make just enough to frost 24 cupcakes. It will look like you need more, but trust me, it is just enough.
  7. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together room temperature salted butter and butter flavored shortening until fully mixed and creamy. Add lemon extract and lemon zest. Gradually add powdered sugar until lemon frosting reaches a spreadable/pipe-able consistency. If you accidentally add too much powdered sugar and it gets too thick, thin out with a teaspoon of water.
  8. Using desired method, frost iced tea cupcakes with lemon frosting. Garnish with sparkling sugar, sugared lemon wedges and lemon candy sticks.
  9. If you've tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how they were! 

Nutrition Facts
Iced Tea Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 106mg5%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.