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It's summer time and who thinks lemonade when it's so hot outside? Are you a pink lemonade fan? Take that a step farther and have you ever had a pink lemonade cupcake? I love these. They are summer time in a cupcake wrapper. I have seen many different takes on the pink lemonade cupcake. I've seen recipes that use lemon cake mix, frozen lemonade, lemonade powder and Kool-Aid mix. I am partial to the Kool-Aid mix idea myself but to each their own right?
Pink Lemonade Cupcake recipe
Ingredients: (makes 24 cupcakes)
1 box white cake mix
egg whites or whole eggs (per cake box instructions)
vegetable oil (per cake box instructions)
water (per cake box instructions)
1 pack of Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid mix
Can of store bought Lemon flavored frosting/icing
cupcake liner papers (need at least 24 papers)
Lemon Head candies (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, egg whites, oil and water and mix with an electric mixer. Once all combined add in the packet of Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid mix and blend again until well mixed and cake batter is all pink.
Line muffin tin or pan with cupcake papers and fill each ⅔ with cake batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cupcakes do not look wet on top and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before attempting to put frosting on top of them. Fill a icing bag or zippered sandwich bag with the frosting and pipe on to the cupcakes. I have used both methods before when I ran out of icing bags once. To use the sandwich bag, fill half way with icing and cut a small corner off the bag and instant piping bag. You can add the lemon head candy on top of the frosting to each cupcake. I have also used pink and yellow sugar or chocolate candy dots and the lemon wedge candies. You can also get cutesy and add a flexible straw cut off to make it look like you can drink it in the middle of each cupcake. Enjoy the rest of your summer! My next cupcake recipe will be a summer time childhood favorite of mine... orange creamsicle!