The Big Book of Cupcakes, Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe

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The Big Book of Cupcakes
I love a good cupcake, or anything sweet for that matter. But if I don’t have any direction, I’m honestly not too creative. I’m definitely one of those that needs inspiration and guidance along the way. I definitely love to cook, but am not the greatest when it comes to baking, so I also need something that is easy to follow. The Big Book of Cupcakes is just that. Inspiration, beautiful cupcakes, and recipes that are easy to understand. Big Book of Cupcakes presented by Southern Living has 150 recipes for cupcakes, beautiful pictures, and even I can make them.

I literally drooled over the pages and was excited to pick something summery for a barbecue we had at my parent’s home this last weekend. This book is sectioned off and includes:

  • Cupcakes 101 (To get you started)
  • Spring Fever
  • Summer Celebrations
  • Fall Follies
  • Winter Wonders
  • Resources

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
I decided to try my hand at a cupcake recipe and went with the Strawberry Lemonade cupcakes recipe. I made the batter from scratch which is something rarely do, and it had pink lemonade mix as one of the ingredients!  Don’t they look yummy?

How to make pink lemonade cupcakes

After cooking the first batch, I realized that my cupcakes were sinking. Darn you, altitude! (Note to the wise – if you live in a higher altitude, add more flour so that they don’t sink.) This is one thing that I wished the book included. Nonetheless, they were tasty! This particular recipe also said to spray the cupcake cups. I have no idea why, but if you make these, don’t do it, not a good idea. There is enough butter in the recipe to keep them from sticking.

The icing of this recipe is definitely my favorite. Whipping cream, more strawberry lemonade, and plenty of powdered sugar make a no fail, sweet and creamy icing.

2.0 from 2 reviews
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes with icing
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered pink lemonade mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose soft wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • paper baking cups
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Beat butter, sugar, and lemonade mix at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.
  4. Place paper baking cups in muffin pan, and spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full
  5. Baking for 12-15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes, remove from pans to wire racks and cool completely
Pink Lemonade Frosting: ⅓ cup powdered pink lemonad mix ½ cup butter, softened 3 TBsp whipping cream 1 - 16 ounce package powdered sugar 1. Dissolve pink lemonade mix in 3 Tbsp water. Beat butter, lemoande mixture and whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. 2. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Makes 3 cups.

I’m excited to be able to try other recipes in this book and think it is one that even a beginner baker can follow.

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  1. 13

    I used only 1 package of Kool-Aid pink lemonade mix instead of 1/4 cup and it was plenty for my daughter’s taste.

  2. 14

    These cupcakes look delicious, but I made them today and honestly they were so sour, we couldn’t eat them. I think there is a mistake in the amount of powdered pink lemonade mix listed. 1/4 cup is way too much. Then you put another 1/3 cup in the frosting. I may try them again and reduce the lemonade mix. I think it needs to be tablespoon measurements in place of cups.

  3. 15

    Where did you incorporate the strawberries? All I see is ingredients for pink lemonade cupcakes yet you call them strawberry lemonade cupcakes!

    • 16

      I didn’t come up with the name, that’s what it was named in the cookbook! 🙂

  4. 17
    Wendy T says:

    They’re beautiful….as is your photography.

  5. 18

    What a fun book! You really can’t go wrong with cupcakes. The ones you made look delicous!
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  6. 19

    I will get this book. I love cupcakes in any shape or form. They are so good. Great for summer.

  7. 20

    My daughter will love this recipe. She loves cupcakes she now makes bigger versions that she calls mugcakes.
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  8. 21

    This cup cakes look likes delicious

  9. 22

    These are awesome. They look delicious!
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  10. 23

    We have this book too and love it! The cupcakes are unbelievable. Yours look delicious and sound so Summery!
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  11. 24

    They look scrumptious!!!
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  12. 25

    Yum! These sound tasty and a change from the norm!
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