Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Courtney is a Facebook and blogging friend that I’ve never met in real life, but I’m SO excited to be a part of a virtual baby shower in honor of the little girl she’s expecting next month! (Thanks for hosting, Josie!)

It took me forever to decide what to make for this. At first I was thinking something savory, and then I decided I wanted to make cupcakes (sort of fitting since Courtney worked at a cupcake bakery!) Pink lemonade cupcakes seemed like a pretty good baby shower dessert, and Mike and I both loved these.

The recipe I found online called for cake mix and pudding mix, which definitely was not going to happen, so I turned to Joy of Cooking and cut their white cake recipe in half, with a little lemon extract instead of vanilla. Then I just mixed some pink lemonade concentrate into the frosting.

Courtney, I’m so excited for you and your husband to welcome your sweet baby girl, and she’s one lucky kid to get you as parents!

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(adapted from Joy of Cooking and inspired by The White Library)

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16 Responses to “Pink Lemonade Cupcakes”


  1. 1 elly February 17, 2012 at 5:35 am

    These look great! I used to not be the world’s biggest fan of lemony desserts, but now I can’t get enough.

  2. 2 Shawnda February 17, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I love it! And I love them even more that they’re made from scratch šŸ™‚

  3. 3 Em (Wine and Butter) February 17, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I HATE using cake mix as well and always try to find recipes that dont include it.

    Id never even HEARD of lemonade cupcakes… clearly we are a bit behind in the UK šŸ™‚

  4. 4 Nicole, RD February 17, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Cate, these sound so refreshing! Where’s spring?! Maybe I can will it to Ohio by whipping up a batch of these!

  5. 5 Josie February 17, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I’ve been wanting to find a pink lemonade cupcake recipe that’s made from scratch, and now you’ve done all the work for me! These are so pretty – I love how you piped the icing on them, too. Thanks so much for participating in Courtney’s shower, Cate! šŸ™‚

  6. 6 Kelsey February 17, 2012 at 8:16 am

    These look so sweet, so fun, and so festive–just perfect for a girly bay shower. What a fantastic addition to a shower table!

  7. 7 Annie February 17, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Nice work with pink lemonade cupcakes from scratch. I’ve been meaning to try something like that for a while. Such a great idea for a baby shower, and especially appropriate for Courtney šŸ™‚

  8. 8 Nikki February 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Such beautiful cupcakes! Great job on altering it so the cake is from scratch. Will need to think about making this for a real life shower soon!

  9. 9 Courtney February 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much for participating, Cate! You’re right – cupcakes are perfect for me, and I’m so glad to see a recipe for these that doesn’t involve cake mix! I’ve looked for one before with no luck, and I can’t wait to try this one. I love lemon desserts and will definitely be making these soon.

  10. 10 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs February 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Sooo pretty! I’ve been wanting cupcakes but don’t want to make them fearing I’d eat all of them :/

  11. 11 Shanon February 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Cate!
    I have yet to try a pink lemonade cupcake, but it’s been on my list of things i want to try. I love that they are from scratch, too. What a perfect occasion for pink cupcakes! šŸ™‚

  12. 12 Ryan February 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes– I love the piping and the pink lemonade flavor sounds so good. Perfect for a baby shower!

  13. 13 Kate February 18, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I love the idea of using lemon extract in the cupcake. I probably would have used lemon juice, but lemon extract is such a better “lemonade” type flavor!

  14. 14 Jen February 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

    They look so delicate and pretty. Not sure where to find lemon extract but I like the recipe showing only eggwhites. Thanks for sharing!

  15. 15 Tara February 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I LOVE the idea of pink lemonade cupcakes, Cate! Great job!


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