Find the perfect summer cupcakes for your BBQ’s, picnics and pool parties. From character cupcakes kids will love to boozy adult sweets, these fun summer cupcake ideas celebrate bright color and flavor.

Whether you’re planning a pool party for the kids or you’re just looking to hang out with some friends and family and enjoy those cool summer evenings, these tasty summer cupcakes are a great way to get the party started. From simple boxed cake recipes to boozy cupcakes inspired by your favorite summer cocktails, these summer cupcakes explode with delicious flavor and color!

1. Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Kids and adults alike will love these pink lemonade cupcakes. Using fresh lemon zest and lemon juice, these treats are the perfect summer dessert! Make them for a party or a weekend gathering with friends and family.

2. Paloma Cupcakes

Inspired by the classic Mexican cocktail, these paloma cupcakes are citrusy, boozy and a great summer treat! Top your cupcakes with some freshly grated lime and grapefruit juice for an added punch of flavor.

3. Rose Champagne Cupcakes

Add some sophistication and elegance to your summertime desserts with these rose champagne cupcakes. Delicate rose water and sweet champagne combine for a light and refreshing treat that pairs perfectly with a glass of your favorite bubbly beverage.

4. Angel Food Cupcakes with Fresh Berries

Great for summer BBQs, these angel food cupcakes are topped with a light whipped cream frosting and finished off with your favorite seasonal berry blend. Soft and airy in texture, you could easily enjoy two of these without the guilt!

5. Pina Colada Cupcakes

If you like pina coladas, you’re gonna love these cupcakes! Filled with the bright and summery flavors of pineapple and coconut (and a little added rum for fun!), these cupcakes will transport you to a warm and sunny beach with just one bite!

6. Tropical Coconut Cupcakes

Take a bite out of summer with these tropical coconut cupcakes. Iced in bright shades of buttercream frosting, these cupcakes also feature a Shot Top topper, great for filling with rum, champagne or orange juice for a little last-minute splash of flavor!

7. Margarita Cupcakes

Simple to make and decorate, these margarita cupcakes are perfect for taking it easy on those warm, hazy summer nights. With margarita mix baked right into the cake batter, these cupcakes are a tasty treat everyone will love. Don’t forget a little sprinkle of salt!

8. Flamingo Cupcakes

Any summer celebration will be made all the more fun with these sassy flamingo cupcakes! Candy Melts candy is used to make the wings and the head and the cupcake is covered in pink nonpareils for added texture and fun. No matter what you’re celebrating, this flock of cupcakes is ready to fla-mingle!

9. French 75 Champagne Cupcakes

A play on the classic cocktail, these tasty cupcakes are made with champagne and gin for a sparkling and refreshing dessert perfect for summer parties. Top your treats with a Shot Top topper filled with a splash of champagne for a bubbly pop of flavor!

10. Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Enjoy a taste of island living with these coconut pineapple upside down cakes. Flavored with coconut rum, brown sugar and pineapple juice, these little mini cakes provide a little escape to paradise!

11. Mini Beach Cupcakes

These nautical-inspired mini cupcakes are great for beach parties or nights spent on the boat with your friends and family. Topped with a patriotic anchor (your you can use your favorite cupcake topper!), these little cupcakes are quick, easy and fun to make.

12. Cheerful Watermelon Cupcakes

Go wild for watermelon with these adorable watermelon cupcakes. Decorated to look like this colorful summer fruit, then topped with a slice of watermelon made from Candy Melts candy, these summery and sweet treats are great for picnics, BBQs, birthdays and more.

Which of these summer cupcakes do you want to try? Let us know in the comments below!

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