Recipe: Nerd Cupcakes

If you are what you eat, I should have made these a long time ago.

Nerd Cupcake 2

These tart lemon cupcakes have bursts of Nerd flavor as you bite into them. The frosting is a buttercream flavored with a bit of Tropical Punch Kool-Aid liquid. It’s fruity and delicious, whether or not you consider yourself a nerd. Best of all? They’re pretty ridiculously easy to make.

Nerd Cupcakes
  • Box of Lemon Cake Mix
  • Ingredients listed on the cake mix box (usually oil, water, and eggs)
  • A box of Rainbow Nerds (about ½ cup)
  • 3 cups (6 sticks) of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 TBS Tropical Punch Kool-Aid Liquid (comes in a tiny squeezable container)
  1. Preheat the oven per the cake box instructions. Line 24 cupcake cups with wrappers.
  2. Mix together the cake mix and the ingredients listed on the back of the box.
  3. Once it’s fully mixed, fold the Nerds into the cake batter.
  4. Fill the cupcake wrappers ⅔ full with the cupcake batter.
  5. Bake according to instructions on the back of the box, or until cupcakes are golden and a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Let cupcakes cool on a baking rack while you prepare the frosting.
  7. Place the butter in a mixer and mix until light, smooth, and fluffy.
  8. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing in between each cup.
  9. Using a spatula, scrape the sides and the mixer and mix again until butter and sugar are fully mixed.
  10. Add the Kool-Aid liquid and mix on low until incorporated.
  11. Mix at a higher speed for a couple minutes until frosting has an even consistency and appears light and fluffy.
  12. Add more Kool-Aid to taste, mix thoroughly.
  13. Using a large pastry tip, frost the cooled cupcakes. Top with more Rainbow Nerds.




  1. I can’t wait to try this–especially, the frosting! YUM!

  2. Oh my goodness, this sounds sooo delicious! The pictures are great too! 🙂 I’d love to try it someday.

  3. Gosh those sound amazing!! Nerds are one of my favorite candies 😀

  4. Just wanted to thank you for this idea! I made some mini cupcakes using my own lemon cake recipe, and also my own buttercream frosting recipe, but added the nerds to the batter and the Kool-Aid liquid to the frosting. Oh man were they good! I actually made them for an 80’s themed party, and they were a huge hit. The tropical punch frosting is quite genius in my opinion! I never would have thought to do that, and it really is perfectly tart, like a Nerd. Thanks again!!

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