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These tender Pink Lemonade Cupcakes start with tender vanilla cake topped with a swirl of perfectly pink lemonade buttercream frosting!Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

The baker is these fabulous pink lemonade cupcakes is Chris, of The Café Sucré Farine, one of those bloggers you like and connect with immediately. This sweet mom, grandmother and terrific cook is a true friend, as well. We crossed paths via Foodbuzz as well as the Secret Recipe Club, where I was lucky enough to be assigned her inspirational blog one month.

I was in awe of her yummy desserts and awesome cake decorating skills, but after baking up her incredible toffee cookies for the SRC, I knew I’d have to visit more often. Recently, I did a guest post for Chris when she needed some time off to bond with her newest grand-baby, the precious Emery Kate. And when she generously offered to share one of her delightful recipes with you all, I jumped at the chance (of course). I knew the end of April and beginning of May was a crazy time and today I’m actually traveling to Illinois for my dear father-in-law’s funeral, and so I’m honored to present Chris in my stead with her Pink Lemonade Cupcakes:

Hello all you lovely friends of Lizzy! I’m Chris from over at The Café Sucré Farine and I’m excited to be visiting today at That Skinny Chick Can Bake. To me it’s delightful that, these days, we can make sweet friends online, from all over the world and Liz is one of my favorites! Though I dearly wish we could share a cappuccino or a cup of tea together and one of these yummy cupcakes, being a guest blogger here today is the next best thing. It may be a good though that we don’t live closer; I have a feeling that neither of us would get much done as we’d have so much to chat about and so many recipe to share!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

These Pink Lemonade Cupcakes have been swirling around in my brain for the past few weeks. A bridal shower for a young friend gave me the perfect occasion to put my ideas together ………….. everyone seemed to love the results!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes - Vanilla Cupcakes topped with a delicious swirl of pink lemonade buttercream!

Easy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

 I used my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, adapted from Cook’s Illustrated. The fine folks at Cook’s Illustrated call this recipe The Perfect Cupcake. That’s quite impressive, coming from them as they test, tweak and review a zillion recipes before describing something as “perfect”.

  
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes - Vanilla Cupcakes topped with a delicious swirl of pink lemonade buttercream!

The amazing thing is that it’s also the easiest cake recipe I’ve EVER made! How cool is that? Instead of the classic creaming of the butter and sugar and alternating the wet and dry ingredients into the batter as you continue to mix, this recipe calls for throwing everything into the mixer bowl, pushing the “go” knob and mixing for less than a minute! Crazy huh? It may sound crazy but IT WORKS! Every time! Soft, fluffy, delicious cupcakes in no time flat! I love it, don’t you?

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes - Vanilla Cupcakes topped with a delicious swirl of pink lemonade buttercream!

 Dreamy Pink Lemonade Buttercream

The pink lemonade buttercream icing is my own concoction. I love a smooth, creamy icing and usually add a bit of cream cheese for delicious flavor and dreamy piping. Pink lemonade adds delicious, fresh, fun flavor and a garnish of thinly sliced lemon and a tiny sprig of mint makes a dessert worthy of any special occasion ………….. or just to tell someone they’re special! Thanks so much for letting me visit, Lizzy, it’s been so much fun!

~~ Chris

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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Tender vanilla cupcakes with pink lemonade buttercream frosting!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 4 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Dessert, Cake

Ingredients

For cupcakes:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup buttermilk or sour cream (room temperature)
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Buttercream:

  • 1 ½ sticks or 12 ounces butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (I use the low fat, not no-fat at room temperature)
  • 6 tablespoons pink lemonade concentrate (from frozen concentrate)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • milk or half and half (as needed)

Instructions

For Cupcakes:

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin/cupcake tins with paper or foil liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add butter, buttermilk (or sour cream), eggs, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until smooth and satiny, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula and mix by hand until smooth and no flour pockets remain.
  3. Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared tin. Bake until cupcake tops are pale gold and toothpick or skewer inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from tin and transfer to wire rack; cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.

For buttercream:

  1. Place butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl once or twice.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and add the pink lemonade concentrate, vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat on lowest speed until all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, then increase to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 3-4 more minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. If the icing is too thick add a bit of milk or half and half, if too thin add a bit more powdered sugar (see note below).
  3. Enough icing for 24 cupcakes (or more – see note below)
  4. Notes:
  5. ~ It’s sometimes difficult to get just the right consistency for piping buttercream. I usually put a little portion into my decorating bag and try it on one cupcake. If you pipe the cupcake and the icing seems to “wilt” or have trouble keeping it’s shape, add a bit more powdered sugar. It the icing is difficult to pipe and you have to use force as you pipe, you need to add a bit of milk or half and half. Icing should flow fairly effortlessly from piping bag.
  6. ~ This recipe makes a generous portion of icing, enough for a double batch of these cupcakes. I usually do make a double batch because they freeze well and when I need a dessert in a hurry, I can just pull them out and thaw. Even with a double batch, you may have a bit of icing left over. Unused buttercream can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container; let it come to room temperature and then give it a quick whip in the mixer before using.
  7.  For these swirled cupcakes, I used a Wilton 1M tip.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Chris of The Cafe Sucre Farine

Chris can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and, of course, her lovely blog The Café Sucré Farine. Thank you so, so much, Chris. xo

 

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86 comments on “Pink Lemonade Cupcakes”

  1. Beautiful cupcakes, Chris did a stunning job (as always!) :).

  2. Perfection on a plate, Chris! Pretty and undoubtedly tasty. Your cupcakes have been Pinterested to this Ninja Baker’s Cupcakes board. And your generously shared cake and frosting have been saved to the Recipes to Make file=)

  3. I absolutely love the color of your cupcakes. Just looking at them makes me happy.

  4. So pretty what a lovely summer cupcake!

  5. Lizzy , those are pretty awesome cupcakes ! Looking at them made me smile er grin ?! lol

  6. I absolutely love this recipe and I’m so happy about this post, I get to know your blog Lizzy!

  7. Wow, these cupcakes look beautiful! Makes me look forward to summer already. Love!!!

  8. I saw these floating around G+ and HAD to come and look. These are fantastic, and perfect for celebrating our warmer weather (that took way too long to get here).

  9. Every guest post Chris does it extraordinarily spectacular (enough superlatives?). These cupcakes are gorgeous.

  10. These are so pretty Chris and your piping skills are crazy good. I’m happy that Liz invited you over here. Liz, we are all thinking of and praying for your family.

  11. Wow, what a pretty sight! Thanks, Chris.

  12. Chris, these cupcakes are so enticing and beautifully piped.

    Liz, thinking of you and your family. xo

  13. Absolutely gorgeous!! Where does one find those awesome cupcake holders? They’re so pretty! Thanks for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe – I will be sure to use this one!

  14. I always look forward to see your photos Chris and this is one of them. In fact I was sure it was for one of your grand kids. These are beautiful, fun and sound yummy. I’ve never tried this cake recipe but will now and your pink lemonade icing sounds divine.

  15. These are so cute and perfect for a spring shower! And a one bowl vanilla cake recipe is a must. Such a great recipe girls! I hope the day goes as smooth as possible Liz. You´re such a dear friend and all my thoughts are with your family.

  16. Wow Chris, these are so beautiful!

  17. Are there just 2 eggs in the cupcakes, or are there additional yolks? In the instructions iit says to add eggs and egg yolks.

  18. Beautiful cupcakes!! Pink Lemonade takes me back to when I was a kid sipping it on my back deck in the middle of the hottest of summer! Ahh, refreshing!! I have to add these to my collection!

  19. Those seriously look so gorgeous, bright and sunny!!

  20. You both are just adorable. Have safe travels Liz and again I am terribly sorry for your loss.

    Chris, glad to see you over here. Your cupcakes are a perfect summer treat and mayeb if i send your recipe to my step-daughter she will make them for me for Mother’s Day! 🙂

  21. Beautiful cupcakes from Chris, she is such a great food blogger, love her. I’m sorry for the loss of your father-in-law, may you have a safe trip and many good memories to help with your sadness.

  22. Wow these are uber cute! And a great flavor too. Sending you my sympathies for your loos. I will keep you in my thoughts as you are now together with family celebrating the life of a great man.

  23. Already went over to Cafe Sucre Farine page and congratulated her on such beautiful cupcakes!

    Hope you have a great monday Liz

  24. They look so wonderful 😀

    Have a nice week! 😀

  25. Hi,
    The cup cakes are looking wonderful. Just wanted to know how can we make these cup cakes eggless. Pls let me know

  26. These are absolutely gorgeous! I love the pink frosting and the cupcakes wrappers!

  27. Pink lemonade cupcakes?! You absolute genius. xo

  28. The pinky stripe cupcake holders are so preppy… love ’em. The photo of the cupcakes lined up on the window sill is a neat idea.

  29. These are so good. They look gorgeous. I love the colour of the icing. I’ve never had pink lemonade flavour! And the piping is so pretty – love the lemon slice touch xx

  30. These scream Spring! So cute.

  31. These cupcakes are so gorgeous. Love the colors and the taste seems to die for…

  32. The cupcakes are gorgeous. Such a whimsical flavor.

  33. These are true stunners! Simply beautiful!!!

  34. These are so pretty and elegant. I love that romantic pink buttercream. 🙂 I say these would be perfect for Mother’s day celebration!

  35. Beautiful cupcakes! I have been looking for just the right something to make for a baby shower this weekend– I hope I can recreate these at my house. So lovely and sweet!

  36. Lizzy, I’m sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. Lizzy and Chris, your desserts are always stunning! I love these beautiful cupcakes. Each frosting looks so identical. Absolutely amazing skills Chris!

  37. They are so beautiful and elegant your cupcakes Liz! i can imagine they are equally tasty eating them! beautiful presentation!

  38. Gorgeous cupcakes from Chris! What a stunning guest post!

  39. My daughter and I both adore pink confections… so we are almost jumping up and down for this one. 🙂 Love these little gems. 🙂

  40. Wow, these are truly incredible and beautiful cupcakes. To guest blog on such a wonderful blog as Liz’s is such an honor, her sweet treats are by far some of the most beautiful in the blog-o-sphere and these cupcakes sure don’t disappoint. I can almost taste their sweet lemony flavours, but not just that, they are beautiful (oh, did I say that already?). I can only imagine the delight that my 10 year old niece would have with these, first by simply enjoying their pretty colours and then digging right in. A very lovely guest post indeed and now I shall check out Chris’ blog.

  41. A wonderful guest post, Chris, Liz. These cupcakes are screaming SPRING out loud!

  42. Beautiful and elegant cupcakes…I love the flavor of the buttercream.
    Great quest post!
    Hope you are having a lovely week 🙂

  43. Wow. Wow. Wow. These look so perfect for a picnic. I am definitely saving this “perfect” cake recipe as well as this spectacular icing!

  44. I am sure they taste a good as they look. Lovely presentation. Have a wonderful rest of the week Liz and Chris.

  45. Dear Liz.
    What a sight more beautiful! These cupcakes look beautiful flower pots on the window. They should be simply delicious.
    My feelings for this loss in the family, our prayers are for him too.
    Kisses

  46. Nice to meet you Chris. What beautiful little cupcakes and delicious too! Great post ladies!

  47. These are absolutely gorgeous, Liz.

  48. I made these last night – 44 mini cupcakes. I made them in silver mini liners and little silver edible balls, very cute with the pink icing (red food coloring needed). I wouldn’t bother adding the cream cheese to the icing because it’s lost in the taste, the lemonade overpowered it. The frosting makes a LOT, I probably threw close to half of it out. I prefer a sweeter cupcake so the lemonade threw me off but my co-workers loved them! Thanks for sharing, I love trying new recipes.

  49. Yummy, I can’t wait to try this recipe. For the moment I will just devour these with my eyes!

  50. These are possibly the most beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen! Love!

  51. Oh my golly gosh, these are so beautiful. What beautiful photos! Lovely guest post.

  52. Very adorable cupcakes! Thanks very much for sharing a recipe :)) Looking forward to make it :))

  53. These are absolutely beautiful cupcakes and so kind of her to share on your blog Liz! I was so sorry to hear of your father-in-law’s passing when you let others know on FB. I hope that your husband is doing well during this sad time.

    Be well my friend,
    Roz

  54. I adore pink lemonade, and I’m always looking for new, fun treats that I can bring to functions where there won’t be a lot of safe (peanut free) options for our son. He loves lemon, though he may protest the pink. LOL Thanks for sharing.

  55. Where can I find these adorable cup cake holders ? I’m so excited to make these cupcakes .
    appearance is Everything……

  56. I’m not sure if I missed it but how many cupcakes does this recipe make?

  57. Right up my alley! I wonder if rainbow lemonade cupcakes are possible.

  58. Since you can use buttermilk OR sour cream. I wonder if you could add another OR and use yogart?

  59. I made these for a friend’s retirement party in June and got rave reviews! Thanks so much for the recipe and inspiration. Turned out amazingly well.

  60. Gorgeous!! Great guest post, Chris!

  61. Hi: I am going to help a friend for her daughters graduation and am making cupcakes. Where did you find the cute wrappers? Thanks

  62. These cupcakes are beautiful! In fact, it’s very stunning! I’m loving every detail of it. It’s just so perfect. From the flavor to the color and design. Everything is really beautiful!

  63. Made the cupcakes the other night and they are perfect! One question on the icing though. It says 1.5 sticks which is 6 oz of butter. But the recipe says or 12 oz butter. I’m confused. Thanks.

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