Arnold Palmer Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
These fun cupcakes take a favorite Arnold Palmer recipe and turn it into dessert. Add a slice of lemon on top for a puckery finish. —Jessee Arriaga, Reno, Nevada
Arnold Palmer Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 9 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 6-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup iced tea mix with lemon and sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon zest and lemon juice. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition (batter will be thick).
  2. Fill 30 paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup batter. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, combine butter and confectioners' sugar in a small bowl until light and fluffy. In another small bowl, stir together milk and iced tea mix until dissolved. Add to butter mixture; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Not a fan of iced tea? Use powdered lemonade mix instead of the tea mix in the frosting.
  • Want a sheet cake? Pour batter into a 13x9-in. baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  • Need a layer cake? Pour batter into two 8- or 9-in. baking pans. They'll take about 20 minutes or so to bake.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cupcake: 355 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.