May 5, 2013

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

This post originally appeared on my first blog, Amy's Cooking Adventures, in May 2011.

Since my husband was out of town on Mother’s Day (2011), I decided to host a Mother’s Day Tea at my house for my Mommy friends in the same situation.  For the tea, I knew I wanted to have something fun and pink and super feminine.

Cue Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

These cupcakes were perfect for my grown up Tea Party, but would also be lovely at a springtime bridal shower, baby shower, or a sophisticated addition to a summertime BBQ.  So enjoy and drink up!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
Inspired by Real Mom Kitchen
1 package white cake mix
1 small package instant lemon pudding, 4 serving size
¼ cup presweetened pink lemonade mix
1 cup milk
1 cup canola oil
4 egg whites
10 drops red food coloring

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line two muffin tins with paper liners.

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Mix on low speed for 30 seconds.  Increase to medium speed and beat for another 2 minutes.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin tins.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centers of the cupcakes comes out clean.  Cool completely

Makes 24 cupcakes

Recipe Notes:

*This icing is very tart.  For a milder lemon taste, decrease the amount of lemonade mix to ½ cup and replace it with an additional ½ cup of powdered sugar.
*There has also been concern that the icing can be a bit grainy.  To cut down on the graininess, omit the lemonade mix and use frozen lemonade concentrate instead.

Pink Lemonade Buttercream Frosting

1 ½ cups Crisco shortening
5 cups powdered sugar
1 cup presweetened pink lemonade mix (see note)
1 ½ tbsp meringue powder
5 tbsp water
Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Mix on low until combined.  Increase speed to medium and beat for another 2-3 minutes.


  1. How cute! I love how pink they are.

    Simple Strawberry Syrup

  2. Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Mondays at Call Me PMc ~Paula

  3. What a great idea Amy! Those sound delicious :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. Those cupcakes are just gorgeous. And the lemonade icing sounds so tasty!

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  5. Mmmm..those look so good! And they are made with a cake mix, so how can I go wrong? Totally making these. I'm going to wait for a day that is not thunderstorming though, just seems like the sun should be shining when I eat these bad boys!


  6. Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays with us ~ Paula @ Call Me PMc

  7. Oh my word, these are so cute!!!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing - found you on Bloom Designs and had to click on your yummy picture! Have a great weekend!

    Jen @

  8. Would love for you to share this at my link up where we pin all that join

  9. How delightful! Thank you for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week.. stop on by and share again today! I hope you have wonderful weekend! xoxo~ Ruthie


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