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!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes


  • 1 3/4 cup sifted cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • a few drops red food coloring


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and line a 12-cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  3. Cream the butter and (1/2 cup+ 1/3 cup) sugar together in a stand mixer for about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Stir the milk and lemon extract together in a small bowl.
  5. Add to the flour to the butter mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the milk in two parts.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add the 3 Tbsp sugar and continue beating until stiff but not dry. Stir about 1/4 the egg whites into the batter, then fold in the rest.
  7. Distribute the batter evenly among the cupcake pans, then bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool on a wire rack before frosting.
  9. To make the frosting, beat the butter, powdered sugar, and lemonade concentrate until smooth.
  10. Add food coloring as desired. Add a little powdered sugar if the frosting is too runny; add a little more concentrate if it is too stiff. Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes (I used a Wilton 1M tip)

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

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16 comments to Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

  • […] holds a special place in my heart since Eric and I spent part of our honeymoon there. She made Pink Lemonade Cupcakes. I spent the last year working at a cupcake shop, so cupcakes are high on my list of favorite […]

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

  • I love it! And I love them even more that they’re made from scratch :)

  • 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 :)

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

  • 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! :)

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

  • 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 :)

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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! :)

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

  • 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!

  • Jen

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

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

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