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!

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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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Yield: 20 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes
2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 egg whites
2/3 cup thawed frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate
1/2 cup buttermilk
Pink food coloring

For the Frosting
3 cups + 3 Tbsp powdered 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

Directions:

For the Cupcakes
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).

For the Frosting
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.

Recipe from Sweet Cheeks

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11 Responses to “Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars”

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    Brisbane Baker — March 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Wow, you’re going to end up with a whole lotta bars by the end of the week 😀

    Yum! Love this recipe 🙂

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    yumventures — March 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I love when ingredients don’t sound like they would be good, but come together in an amazing way! These look lovely.

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    Valen — March 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I really enjoy your blog, lots of great photos and recipes! These look so good! I love oats, chocolate, and raisins, but have never combined all three.

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    Memória — March 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    These bars look fantastic and full of flavor. I’m bookmarking this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    themilkmanswife — March 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    These sound wonderful! I’m not huge on raisins either but it sounds like they really work here. I’ll have to try these! 🙂

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    Jen — March 25, 2010 at 12:52 am

    This looks really great but I don’t think I can do the raisins–maybe I would make this and then I could give it to other people instead of eating it all myself!

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    Kelly — March 25, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Who is getting to eat all these amazing creations? Those ingredients sound delicious to me so I can only imagine the combined taste!

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    Jen — March 25, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Ha Kelly! My husband and I take the baked goods to work with us. I am also the girl who always brings a dessert to any gathering. Everyone knows that if we’re hanging out, I’ll probably have desserts in hand. I usually only have about one of whatever I make (hey, I have to taste test my food!)

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    Katherine Martin — March 25, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I am soooo making my housemates make me these for my birthday. If they don’t, I’ll just make them this weekend!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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    o — September 17, 2013 at 4:24 am

    How many grams in a stick of butter?

    • beantownbaker — September 17th, 2013 @ 7:30 am

      There is information about butter in my FAQ page. 1 stick=113g

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