{Let’s Celebrate} Cupcakes with Pink Lemonade Frosting

Posted on April 12,2013 by Jennifer

Vanilla Cupcake with Pink Lemonade Frosting

To round up this week of big announcements and accomplishments with the magazine, my little one and I decided it would be fun to bake some cupcakes! Cupcakes are such a fun way to celebrate, don’t you think? They’re easy to make and you can freeze the un-frosted ones for a super-easy everyday treat-in-a-hurry!

For these cupcakes we mixed up a box of Duncan Hines Yellow Cake mix and baked them in two Mini Fluted Tube Pans. The pans are kind-of like a mini bundt pan except that it doesn’t have the center post. {I adore the fluted edge it creates!!} The cakes are a generous serving for one, definitely bigger than a standard cupcake :-)

Vanilla Cupcake with Pink Lemonade Frosting

Then we mixed up some homemade frosting. Here’s my recipe:

Cupcakes with Pink Lemonade Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
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  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Half & Half cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Pink Lemonade Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  1. Using a mixer with a whisk attachment on the low setting, combine softened butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Increase mixer speed to medium and whip up for a couple of minutes.
  2. Combine pink lemonade mix with half & half cream and vanilla to dissolve the crystals in the drink mix – you may need to add a tiny bit more cream. (Skipping this step can give you a frosting that is a bit “grainy” because of the crystals – lesson learned the hard way!) Add lemonade, half & half and vanilla mix to the powdered sugar and butter and beat for another minute or so.
  3. You can set this in the fridge to set up for a few minutes for a slightly “stiffer” consistency. We couldn’t wait to eat ours so we skipped that step – hence the soft-style frosting in the photos – it was still tasty!
  4. Scoop frosting into a plastic bag and fit it with a decorating tip for pretty piping! I used a #12 Wilton tip.


Vanilla Cupcake with Pink Lemonade Frosting crumbs

I love lemons and I love pink so this was a very sweet way to celebrate such a special week! And the soft hint of pink that we got from just the pink lemonade mix makes me smile! Note: you could add a couple drops of food coloring if you want an even brighter pink.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to check out the new magazine for a little weekend reading!

Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog

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6 Responses to “{Let’s Celebrate} Cupcakes with Pink Lemonade Frosting”

  1. April 12, 2013 at 10:27 am, kelly@mysoulfulhome said:

    never thought about freezing cupcakes! We always run around the neighborhood giving away the extras ( if there are any extras ). Sorry neighbors we might be freezing them next time!


    • April 12, 2013 at 10:30 am, Jennifer said:

      > Poor neighbors :-) But lucky you!!! Enjoy Kelly!!


  2. April 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm, Diane | An Extraordinary Day said:

    Beautiful!! Just the right amount of pinkness! How about adding some lemon zest to the cake mix? Yes or no? I love the little cake stand. Are you ‘done in’ or still flying high from such a wonderful accomplishment?


    • April 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm, Jennifer said:

      > Oh yes, Diane! I think Lemon Zest would be a delicious and simple addition! Great idea!!! You guessed it, I’m ‘done in’ from all the excitement. I’m hoping to get a bit of rest this weekend and then back to work on the next issue and continuing to market this one :-) Phew!


  3. April 17, 2013 at 9:58 am, Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen said:

    Your cupcakes look so delicious and I love the sound of your frosting!


  4. April 28, 2013 at 11:23 am, Zach said:

    Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at thefeastingeye.com. The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).


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