Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Hi Y'all!

I know, I know.. I've been AWOL for, how long now? Working at an amusement park during the summer doesn't leave me much time or motivation to type.. I have managed to find time to keep up with the baking and reading, but am slow (obviously) on the upkeep of my poor blog.

I have many recipes that I want to share, and a giveaway as well! So, if you are still out there following my little blog, your eyes are in for a treat!

These wonderfully awesome cupcakes are a perfect treat for summer. Plus you can add a straw and a little umbrella to make them super cute!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup prepared pink lemonade

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with paper liners. (I made these for a party and tripled the recipe and got just over 2 dozen. This recipe was intended for mini cupcakes, in which you should get about 36 if you do mini..)

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat sugar and 1/2 cup butter in large bowl at medium speed for 1 min or until blended and lighter in color. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. At low speed, beat in lemon peel and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in flour mixture in two parts alternately with 1/3 cup lemonade until blended and smooth, beginning and ending with the flour mixture,

Fill muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes, the remove cupcakes and cool completely on racks.

Pink Lemonade Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 to 4 tablespoons prepared pink lemonade
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
5 to 6 drops pink food coloring

Beat butter, lemonade and vanilla in large bowl at medium speed until creamy. At low speed, slowly beat in powdered sugar, adding additional lemonade 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary for desired consistency. Beat in food coloring. Decorate cooled cupcakes.

Eat and Enjoy!!