Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
These tender Pink Lemonade Cupcakes start with tender vanilla cake topped with a swirl of perfectly pink lemonade buttercream frosting!
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 for 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 grandbaby, 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:
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!
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”.
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?
Dreamy Pink Lemonade Buttercream
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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
Tender vanilla cupcakes with pink lemonade buttercream frosting!
- 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
- 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)
- Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin/cupcake tins with paper or foil liners.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Enough icing for 24 cupcakes (or more - see note below)
- ~ 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.
- ~ 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.
- For these swirled cupcakes, I used a Wilton 1M tip.
There will be excess frosting. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Recipe courtesy of Chris of The Cafe Sucre Farine
Serving Size:1 cupcake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 836Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 571mgCarbohydrates: 104gFiber: 0gSugar: 88gProtein: 5g
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
75 Comments on “Pink Lemonade Cupcakes”
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.
I’ve emailed Chris (it’s her recipe as she was guest posting for me) and will let you know when she clarifies. Thanks for catching the error!
Sarah, I’ve updated the recipe. The correct amount is 1 1/2 sticks or 6 ounces. Enjoy!!
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!
Hi: I am going to help a friend for her daughters graduation and am making cupcakes. Where did you find the cute wrappers? Thanks
Let me check with Chris, who did this guest post for me. If she remembers where she found them, I’ll email you the information.
These look pretty similar, Aly: https://www.etsy.com/listing/191323810/12-light-and-dark-pink-striped-wrappers?ref=related-5 (https://www.etsy.com/listing/191323810/12-light-and-dark-pink-striped-wrappers?ref=related-5)
Gorgeous!! Great guest post, Chris!
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.
Thanks so much for the feedback, Kelly! I’m thrilled they were a hit!
Since you can use buttermilk OR sour cream. I wonder if you could add another OR and use yogart?
I’m thinking it would work, Sandy! Thanks for the idea!