Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

I do love to throw a party.  I think baby and bridal showers are two of my favorite parties to throw.  I love celebrating a bride to be and a new mommy.  No one deserves a party more than a new mommy!

Especially a mommy who is having her fifth baby!  Especially a mommy who is having her first girl after four boys.  I think she may deserve more than a party!!

Today I am throwing a virtual baby shower for one of my blogging friends who is doing just that – having her first baby girl after four boys.  If I didn’t live half way around the country from her I would totally throw her a party in person but a virtual baby shower is going to have to do.  You are invited!!

We are so excited for our blogging friend Melanie of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and the impending arrival of her new baby!

I got to fix dessert for our virtual shower so of course it had to be something pink -pretty and pink!!

Pink Lemonade Cupcake Recipe

This pink lemonade cupcake screams girl!

I wanted to use pink lemonade and I experimented with several different pink lemonade cupcakes recipes – none of them were just right.   So I turned to Paula Deen and she didn’t let me down.  I used her pink lemonade cake recipe with my own favorite buttercream recipe to create the perfect pink lemonade cupcake recipe.

It was the perfect combination.  I used about 1/3 of the batter to make cupcakes and the rest to make a small cake using my 6 inch cake pans.  So cute and pink.

The cake is nice and light and fluffy with the hint of pink lemonade.

Even though it is very pink and looks very girly the men/boys will like it too.  I promise.  My husband loved it and commented frequently about how good it was and when I shared some of the cupcakes with one of the neighbors boys he didn’t turn it down, even though it was pink!

I decorated the cake and the cupcakes with some little Washi tape flags.

So quick and easy to make.  Just wrap a piece of washi tape around a toothpick!

They look darling in the cupcakes too.

For some of my favorite places to buy washi tape check out my other washi tape post.

I love a good cake but I am particularly fond of a good buttercream frosting.  I used the pink lemonade concentrate instead of milk in this frosting and it is amazing.

Please pay a visit to our other party hosts today and see what fun food they have prepared for our virtual baby shower.

Stop by,visit and join in the party!

Shandra ofDeals to Meals
Melanie of The Sisters Cafe
Jamie of Jamie Cooks it Up
Laura of Real Mom Kitchen

We love you Melanie and can’t wait to hear the baby news!!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix (Duncan Hines) and items needed for cake mix
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp sweetened pink lemonade drink powder
  • Frosting
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 3-5 Tbsp frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C butter,softened

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line pan with cupcake liners
  • Mix cake batter according to directions.
  • Add in lemon zest, vanilla and lemonade powder. ]
  • Pour batter into cupcake liners. Bake according to directions on cake box. Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool.
  • Frosting
  • Beat butter in mixer on medium high for 2-3 minutes or until pale and creamy. Reduce speed to medium and add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat well after each addition increasing speed to high after all sugar is added. Add in vanilla and lemonade concentrate until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Beat until buttercream is smooth.
  • Cake recipe from Paula Deen

Comments

  1. 1
    Shandra says:

    Those are absolutely darling!! I love the cute flag idea. How perfect for a baby shower!! Your pictures are beautiful, like always ;)

  2. 2
    Marm says:

    These are so adorable. I have to think of a reason to make them.

  3. 3
    Kate says:

    In the recipe what is the one cup of butter for? Do you mix that with the cake recipe?

  4. 4
    Kara says:

    What the? I love Melanie, how did I miss the fact that she’s expecting a girl? So happy for her! I was also blessed with four boys and then a girl, so I know just how excited she must be. Such great news!
    Kara recently posted..Pigs in a Blanket

  5. 5
    Melanie says:

    Leigh Anne!! I wish I could give you a big ol’ hug in person. I hate that we live so far away from each other. Call it late pregnancy hormones but I am in tears over this sweet post. Thank you for thinking of me! And all the other bloggers who contributed. Honestly, I’m overwhelmed by your love and support. Thank you, thank you!! (And by the way, baby is set to come tomorrow if I haven’t delivered by then so I’ll keep you posted!)
    Melanie recently posted..Simple Rice Pilaf

  6. 6
    Melanie says:

    P.S. I’m dying that I can’t try one of those pink lemonade cupcakes in person!
    Melanie recently posted..Simple Rice Pilaf

  7. 7

    Such a fun idea and beautiful! I love your decorating and the washi tape idea.

  8. 8

    I love this! What a sweet thing for you to do! Those pink treats are adorable! Cannot wait to have the chance to make them myself!

  9. 9
    Kate says:

    Those are so cute and I’m sure they are super yummy! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It & Win It Wednesday @ http://www.cheapcraftymama.com (open now!).

  10. 10
    lisa says:

    I made them, too, but used a cream cheese buttercream. I guess next time I make them I will need to make lemonade frosting…one can never have too much of a good thing! :}

    Congratulations on becoming a mother-in-love! Our Lauriss is getting married this summer as well! Enjoy the wedding planning. I can only imagine how much fun you are having! Love to YOU!
    lisa recently posted..Hospitality… A Make and Take Meal

    • 10.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      Definitely try the frosting – so good! Congrats on your daughter’s wedding. It will be a fun and busy summer. Can’t wait to read all about your plans.

  11. 11
    Victoria says:

    Leigh Anne,

    What kind of sweetened lemonade drink powder did you use in this recipe? I don’t buy drink powders so I’m not familiar with them.
    Thanks.

  12. 12
    Victoria says:

    Thanks Leigh Anne for the quick answer to my question and this great cupcake recipe. I made them last night for a recipe dinner group that I host each month “The Queen’s Dish” and they were a big hit. The frosting was yummy and definitely made these cupcakes a Pink Lemonade Star! I changed the cake recipe a bit to make the cake more dense by adding a pkg. of instant Vanilla pudding, 1 cup of water, 4 eggs, 1/3 cup of oil, the drink powder, lemon zest and 1 tsp of vanilla.

  13. 13
    savannah says:

    These cupcakes are waaaay too sweet. I didn’t even know something could be this sweet.

  14. 14
    Wynee says:

    Made these to celebrate a friend’s success on beating breast cancer and in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. These were adorable and everyone loved the cupcakes. I used Crystal Light for the drink powder mix and put hot pink sprinkles on top. Thanks for a great recipe!

  15. 15
    jen kay says:

    Hi there.
    I am in Australia and finally got my hands on some pink lemonade powder from the usa food store today. I can’t wait to make them. Just a quick question though. How do I do the concentrate?? Is it as simple as adding some water to the powder or is it different altogether?? I keep reading concentrate thawed so thinking it is different. They dont sell anything like that in our supermarkets over here so I have no idea. Hope u can help me. Thanks so much and sorry to be a pain.
    Jen xx

    • 15.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      The powder goes directly into the cake mix – you do not add water to it. For the frosting you use lemonade concentrate which is different than the powdered lemonade. The concentrate is found in the frozen section of the grocery store with all the juices. If you can’t find the concentrate in Australia you could mix up some of the powder with water but just make it really heavy (maybe 2-3 times the amount of powder to water ratio as usual)and use that liquid in the frosting. Hope this helps.

  16. 16
    jen kay says:

    Thank you Leigh Anne. I thought I could add water for the icing but wasn’t sure. I looked online but nothing helped. You’d think I would just give up as we don’t have these ingredients in aus but lookingat ur photos I couldn’t resist, they look amazing. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I love ur page (only discovered yesterday) and I am now following ur beautiful Facebook page. Thanks again, Jen xx

  17. 17
    Nicole says:

    Hi,
    I just came across this recipe. I am wondering if this can be used with a non-box recipe? I”m assuming it could be, but it never hurts to ask!!

  18. 18
    Karen says:

    Hey can I use just plain pink lemonade for
    This instead of packages ?

  19. 19
    Teijna says:

    Has anyone tried this with a cream cheese icing? How did you do it?

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