Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Pink lemonade is a staple drink in the summer! Whether you are sitting by the pool, or need a refreshing drink after a long walk outside, pink lemonade is great! Adding it into a cupcake is even better!

I recently made these on Easter, and they were such a hit. The lemon zest in the cake and frosting is a zesty bite of deliciousness! Whip these up for a summer barbecue, graduation party, or outdoor celebration!

Makes 24 cupcakes
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Cake Ingredients

1 package white cake mix
1 small package vanilla instant pudding
3 Tbsp sweetened pink lemonade drink mix
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp lemon zest
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup oil
4 whites eggs
Red/pink food coloring

Frosting Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Zest from 1 lemon
2 pound package  or 7 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
3 drops of pink food coloring


Mix together cake mix, pudding mix, and drink mix.  Beat in sour cream, lemon zest, water, oil, and egg whites to the dry mix. Mix on medium speed for about two minutes. Add in food coloring.

Scoop batter into 24 lined muffin tins.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Test the cupcake by lightly pressing your finger on the top.  If your finger does not leave a mark and the cupcake bounces up, it is done.

In order to prepare the frosting, cream the butter, shortening, and lemon zest together. Next, add in lemonade concentrate, milk and vanilla with a mixer. When smooth,  gradually add the sugar. Lastly, mix in food coloring.

When cupcakes have cooled, pipe frosting and adorn with sprinkles and lemon zest!

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About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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4 Responses to Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

  1. ModernDamsel says:

    This totally brightens my day! I love the pink lemonade cupcakes that Curbside Cupcakes sells and am soooo excited to try to make them myself!

  2. Heather says:

    Love these! Made a batch and brought them to work to cool everyone off after a hot day without air conditioning and they all loved them!!! Frosting was scrumptious!!

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