Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Today is the last day of cupcake week. I hope you guys have enjoyed it as much as I have (be sure to enter in my cupcake giveaway by midnight Aug 28th). I wanted to make something light and summery and when I saw these in my Google Reader earlier this week, I knew they’d fit the bill. Pink lemonade is the perfect summertime beverage. It just doesn’t feel right to drink it any other time of year. And, they’re so darn cute with the pink frosting and pink cake.

For the frosting on these guys, I added an extra two Tbsp of the concentrate and also a couple Tbsp of milk to thin it out. Hubby thought these cupcakes were too sweet because of the frosting, but that’s so something he’d say. I loved them. I was eating the leftover frosting by just piping it onto my finger. It is very sweet, and very good. Although next time, I might use more milk and less of the concentrate to help Hubby’s lack of a sweet tooth!

Pink Lemonade – from Sweet Cheeks – makes 20 cupcakes
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Pinch salt
1 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. vegetable oil
4 egg whites
2/3 c. thawed frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate
1/2 c. buttermilk
Pink food coloring

Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin pan with liners. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg whites and lemonade concentrate. Alternately whisk in flour mixture and buttermilk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of buttermilk, beating until just smooth.

Add just enough food coloring to turn the batter a light shade of pink.

Scoop batter into liners (fill about three-fourths full). Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting (see below).

Lemonade Buttercream
3 c. + 3 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. pink lemonade concentrate
Milk to reach desired consistency
Pink food coloring

Add the butter, confectioner’s sugar, salt, lemonade concentrate, and a few drops of food coloring to the stand mixer and mix on low using the paddle attachment until combined.

I wanted to clarify my comments above about the frosting being too sweet. I was silly and added 4 Tbsp of the pink lemonade concentrate to try to thin it out. Then I tasted it and was like what the heck and I doing! I should be adding milk to thin it out. So if you use the recipe as written with the 2 Tbsp, I don’t think it will be too sweet. Just use milk to thin in instead of more concentrate like me!

Turn the speed to med-high until the buttercream is fluffy and uniformly pink. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.

I am also submitting these as my entry for Flavor of the Month on Bake at 350. This month, the flavor is Pucker Up! (lemon or lime)

Don’t forget to enter in my 2nd blogiversary giveaway by midnight on August 28th!

Check out my week of cupcakes here.

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14 Responses to “Pink Lemonade Cupcakes”

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    lifeoftheparty — August 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! My mom is doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this fall and I’m going to make some of these to sell at her fundraiser. They look delicious and summery!

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    oneordinaryday — August 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    These look perfect to take along to a cookout or picnic. Great summer flavor.

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    Katrina — August 21, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    These look great to me! Yum!

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    Jelli Bean — August 21, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I love lemon cupcakes! Yummy and oh so cute!

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    Carrie — August 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I love pink lemonade but I agree it’s a summer dessert.

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    nutmegnanny — August 22, 2009 at 12:58 am

    These look awesome! You are creative:)

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    akdilcher — August 22, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Totally going to try these…maybe make up a similar version with limeade and green frosting…hmmm…

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    Jennifer — August 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    These are so cute!!! And the lemonade kick is perfect for last minute summer get togethers!

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    Jade — August 31, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    These are so cute. How can your husband say they are to sweet. Is that possible!

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    Bridget — August 31, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I feel like I can almost taste these…and they are so pretty!!!

    Thank you for linking them to Flavor of the Month! :)

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    Melissa — August 31, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    These cupcakes sounds extra yummy! Can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    Dorothy — August 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Is it just me, or does pink lemonade taste better than regular? I don’t consider myself a girly gal, but I love pink stuff! Your cupcakes look wonderful! :)

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    Cindy — September 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    great idea!!!

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    aly — September 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    thanks for the recipe! i shared it on my blog here and linked back to you! so yummy!!!

    http://funshinealy.blogspot.com/

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