Friday, April 15, 2011

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

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.

1 box white cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sweetened pink lemonade drink powder

2 sticks margarine
1 cup shortening
8 tablespoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Zest from 1 lemon
2 pounds confectioners sugar
Pink 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.

~Irish Blessing


Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Creative genius ... LOVE these beautiful cakes and your amazing photos!

Jennifer Driver said...

So cute! I definitely need to try these!

Lara said...

YUMMY!!! Jason and I are hoping that we are able to grab one tonight!!!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful spring post! So creative! Love the photos....the cupcakes look delicious!

Rach said...

Those look yummy. Perfect for the upcoming warm months!

Lynn said...

This is so pretty and sounds yummy. I love how feminine your blog is!

Elizabeth said...

Looks yummy!

Kellie said...

You can just taste the lemonade... cupcakes look amazing! And yes anything in pink is absolutely better!

Dianne Wood said...

Hi Melissa,
What a lovely table setting...:)
Love what you did with our paper straws. I shared this with everyone over at Creative Party Place. Thanks for such a charming idea.
The Sugar Diva

Jessica said...

Hey I am gonna make these for our relay for life this year any tips. my Email is

Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription said...

Hi. I love your blog. So pretty and delicate. I adapted this recipe and made the most beautiful pink rose hydrangea cake with matching hydrangea cupcakes. Thanks for the inspirational recipe.

All the best,
Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription.

Unknown said...

Love this recipe, can't wait to try it!!

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Madison said...

I just wanted to let you know that I have made these several times (I am actually baking another batch while I type this, I am just adding rasberry to it to make "rasberry lemonade cupcakes". I absolutely love this recipe and so do all of my friends! It is seriously my new favorite flavor. I also just love the layout and detail you put into your blog. Wonderful pictures and ideas all around! Awesome! God Bless!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Pretty cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

Eva ( said...

Love these, I have to try them!!! Just need to work out what Lemonade concentrate is. Beautiful post!

Anonymous said...

Love this! I know you said you found the Lemon candies in Wal-Mart. Are they gummies and were they in the easter/spring section or the regular candy section. Must have!!!

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