For a while I have been wanting to try a recipe for pink lemonade cupcakes, and a school bake sale to benefit The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life gave me the perfect opportunity. In fact, a double recipe yielded enough batter to make 48 cupcakes -- enough to send to school, save for a church event, and share with a friend.
Lemon desserts add a refreshingly tart punch to a dessert table; and, of course, everything is better in my book when it is pink.
I wanted these cupcakes to look like a tall glass of lemonade so just a glance would give tasters a hint of their flavor.
Pink and yellow straws cut into fourths look sweet slipped into the icing, and candy lemon slices add a tart surprise. (Straws from The Sugar Diva; lemon candies from Wal-Mart; cupcake liners from Michaels.)
Such a refreshing and pretty choice for spring!
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
Adapted from this Paula Deen recipe.
Cupcakes1 box white cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions1 teaspoon lemon zest2 teaspoons vanilla extract3 tablespoons sweetened pink lemonade drink powder
Icing2 sticks margarine1 cup shortening8 tablespoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed2 tablespoons milk2 teaspoons vanillaZest from 1 lemon2 pounds confectioners sugarPink icing paste or food coloring
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line 24 standard-size muffin cups with cupcake liners. Prepare the cake mix batter according to package directions, adding lemon zest, vanilla and pink lemonade powder. Use a 1/3-cup measuring cup to ladle the batter into lined muffin tins. Bake according to package directions, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting. Prepare the icing by creaming margarine, shortening, lemonade concentrate, milk and vanilla with a mixer. Beat until smooth, then mix in lemon zest. Gradually add sugar, mixing well. If desired, beat in a little pink icing paste to intensify the pale pink frosting. (Note: To take another shortcut, use a lemon cake mix instead of the doctored white cake mix.)
So if life gives you lemons, make a little lemonade.
Then share the loveliness with pink lemonade cupcakes.
I hope these cupcakes will bring sweet rewards at today's Relay for Life bake sale. For all whose lives are touched by cancer -- whether you fall in step with a sick loved one or walk the path yourself -- I pray you will discover unexpected blessings along the way.
May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.