Sunday, 26 August 2012

Recipe: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

I love anything lemon flavoured, so these pink lemonade cupcakes are one of my favourites. They are also super easy & don't have a lot of hard to find ingredients.

To make about 8 cupcakes, you will need:

4oz/113g Butter
4oz/113g Caster sugar
4oz/113g Self raising flour
1 tsp lemon extract
2 Eggs
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees (for fan, adjust accordingly for non-fan), and line your cupcake tray with liners.
2. In a large bowl, add flour & sugar. Melt butter (not too hot, heat until just melted) & add to bowl. Mix together with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.
3. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs & then add to flour, sugar & butter mixture. Whisk until smooth & add lemon.
4. Spoon the batter into the liners & bake for about 15-20 mins. (I check after 15 & keep them in for another 5 if they look too pale.
5. When done, turn out onto cooling rack & allow to cool completely.
To make the frosting:
(recipe adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook)
80g Butter
250g (or more) Powdered sugar (sifted)
25 ml Milk
2 tsp lemon extract
1 tablespoon strawberry juice (from mashed strawberries)
Toppings, to decorate (I used gold stars & pink sugar crystals)

1. Make sure butter is room temperature before you start (if it's cold, give it a very tiny blast in the microwave). Give it a little stir in a bowl to loosen it up too.
2. Add sugar a little bit at a time, stirring all the while with a wooden spoon. It should all eventually come together (if your butter was a tiny bit cold before you started it might go sandy but that's okay don't worry it'll come together once you add the milk) add the milk, lemon extract & strawberry juice & then taste to see if it is smooth. If not smooth enough, give it a good whisk.
3. I also find that most recipes don't call for enough icing sugar & it goes all melty looking so I tend to add more. If this is the case for you then add a bit more sifted sugar a little bit at a time until you get nice firm frosting.
4. Pipe onto your cupcake using a piping bag & a round tip nozzle & sprinkle with your chosen decorations!

These were so good & satisfied my craving for lemony sweetness. The strawberry was a last minute addition because I intended to use red food colouring to colour the frosting but realised halfway through that I didn't have any left! It was a happy adjustment though as the sweetness of the strawberry really enhanced the lemon & cut through some of the tartness, so I will be making them like these in the future!


  1. Oh wow. These are super pretty and I'm sure they're delicious too. Pinning!

  2. These are some of the prettiest cutest cupcakes ever! And they sound delish too!