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(2-Ingredient) Strawberry Soda Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Jenn


  • 1 12-oz can Diet 7-up, room temperature
  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 8-oz pkg. light cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbsp. room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line muffin tins with 18 mufifn liners and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, pour the cake mix. Pour the diet soda in slowly to the cake mix. Stir together with a whisk until all lumps are gone.
  • Scoop batter into muffin liners, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on a cooling rack.
  • While cupcakes are cooling, bump up oven temperature to 400ºF. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, or until toasted, stirring every so often so it doesn't burn. Pull out of oven and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, vanilla and lemon juice. Blend together with a mixer until all combined and smooth.
  • Frost cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Now, devour! :)


*nutrition information includes the frosting.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4.4g | Cholesterol: 8.4mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 0.9mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 3.1IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 3.1mg | Iron: 2mg