|Pink Lemonade Cupcakes for Valentine's Day|
Pink. It's not just a singer with a sassy attitude and flamboyant style. It's also the colour that fills my mind when I think of Valentine's Day. Swirls of colour — shades of pink and red, pretty and girly in a heart-shaped package.
|Swirly pink yumminess|
|Which one should I eat first?|
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
Based on a recipe from Cast Sugar
Makes 24 cupcakes
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 egg whites
3/4 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
Red food colouring
- Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
- In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well blended. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment, whisk together sugar, oil, egg whites, pink lemonade concentrate and vanilla until well blended.
- Add about 1/3 of the flour mixture; whisk until blended.
- Add half the buttermilk, whisk until blended.
- Continue alternately adding flour mixture and buttermilk until everything is mixed together. Do not over mix.
- Add food colouring, one drop at a time, until you get a nice pink colour.
- Pour batter into paper cupcake cups in a muffin pan so that the cups is about 3/4 full of batter.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
- Cool completely before frosting with Pink Lemonade Buttercream Frosting (recipe below).
|I love how pink the cupcake is on the inside|
Makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes
1 cup butter, room temperature
4 cups icing sugar
6 tablespoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Water, if needed
Red food colouring
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium high speed until pale and fluffy.
- Add icing sugar, vanilla and pink lemonade concentrate and beat on low speed until completely mixed together. If the icing is still too thick, add water one teaspoon at a time, beating after each addition, until you get a spreadable consistency.
- Add food colouring, a drop at a time, beating after each addition, until you get a pink colour you like.
- Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. Decorate with sprinkles.