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Mountain Dew Cupcakes

Perfect for the warm summer evenings, make a batch to share with your friends! Or eat them all yourself over the course of a week (but plan on calling sick into work for the next month). Hahaha!!

Prep
Cook
Serves 12people
Ingredients
for the cupcakes
1/2
cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1
cup sugar
zest from half of a lemon
zest from one lime
2
eggs
1-1/3
cups flour
3/4
tsp baking powder
1/8
tsp salt
1/2
cup Mountain Dew
3
tbsp lemon juice
2
tbsp lime juice
3/4
tsp orange extract
for the buttercream
1/2
cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3
cups powdered sugar
2
tbsp Mountain Dew
1
tsp lemon juice
1
tsp lime juice
1/4
tsp orange extract
zest from half of a lemon
zest from one lime
light green food coloring
Directions
1.
For the Cupcakes:
2.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with baking cups.
3.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add lemon and lime zest, then add eggs, one at a time.
4.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large cup, stir together Mountain Dew, lemon juice, lime juice, and orange extract.
5.
Add half of the flour mixture to the batter. Stir in the Mountain Dew liquid, and finish off with the rest of the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
6.
Fill each baking cup 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes rest in pan for a few minutes before removing. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
7.
For the Buttercream:
8.
Cream together butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar.
9.
Add Mountain Dew, lemon juice, lime juice, orange extract, and zests.
10.
Add remaining two cups of sugar (you can add more or less depending on your desired consistency). Stir in one or two drops of green food coloring, making sure the dye is fully incorporated before frosting.

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