Thursday, June 9, 2011

pink lemonade...

Cupcakes, of course!

I found these cupcakes on this site and thought they were the perfect choice for this Thursday's cupcake! I love enjoying a cold glass of pink lemonade when it's hot and the sun's out. Why not give it a shot in cupcake form. 

1 package white cake mix
1 small package vanilla instant pudding
3 Tbsp sweetened pink lemonade drink mix ( Country Time Pink Lemonade mix)
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp lemon zest
3/4 cup water
4 whites eggs
6 drops of pink food coloring

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, vanilla instant pudding, and pink lemonade powder. Add in sour cream, lemon zest, water, oil and egg whites into the mix.  Beat with an electric mixer for about 2 min. 
NOTE: the batter gets very thick, so use a strong mixer. 

Scoop the batter into your cupcake pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Make sure that a toothpick can come out clean-then you know they're done! 

Let cool completely before frosting. 

Frosting Ingredients: 
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Zest from 1 lemon
2 pound package  OR 7 1/2 cups confectioners sugar*
3 drops of pink food coloring

Frosting Directions: 
Cream the butter and lemon zest together. Then add the pink lemonade concentrate, milk and vanilla extract. Mix well until completely blended. 
Start adding the sugar and mix until the frosting becomes light and fluffy. 
Lastly, beat in he food coloring.

Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes! 
*There will be plenty of frosting left takes very yummy solo or wedged in between some graham crackers) 


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