Sunday, May 1, 2011

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Here are 7 reason I know that Summer is just around the corner:

1. We had a lovely brunch outside last Sunday with yummy quiches.

2. I've turned the hot tub down to about as cold as it will go.

3. My dress collection is getting some runway time.

4. Neighbors have started barbequing, which might be the best smell ever.

5. I'm reading books! (Which, as a recent student and former teacher, you really can only enjoy doing during the summer.)

6. I'm listening to the Beach Boys.

7. I'm making summer themed cupcakes!

And here's the first!
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from my Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes

Ingredients:
Cake
1 box white cake mix  (we're going for easy on these cupcakes, don't judge!)
1 1/3 cup strawberry daiquiri/margarita mix (I had it on hand and it's strawberry flavored!)
3 large egg whites
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries

Frosting
2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbs lemon zest
2 tbsp concentrated frozen lemonade, thawed
yellow food coloring (optional)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two dozen cupcake tins with paper liners.

2. Prepare cupcakes: In a large bowl, blend cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, and 1¼ cups of the margarita mix. Blend on low for about 30 seconds and then increase speed to medium and blend for two additional minutes. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

4. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners (about ¾ full). Bake for 20-25 min, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool for about 10 minutes in the pans, then remove them to a rack to cool completely.

5. To make the icing: Mix all the ingredients, cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, lemonade concentrate, and lemon zest, in a bowl til completely combined and smooth. If the concentrate has made the frosting less stiff than you'd like, add more powdered sugar.
*Note: If you like it super sour things like I do, this frosting will be perfect. If you prefer less sour flavor, reduce the concentrate. 

6. Optional Food Coloring: I didn't frost the first batch but the second I thought I'd give it a try. I use Wilton gel coloring. It's really a matter of mixing and adding until you get the right color. Don't expect neon bright colors if you haven't bought neon bright colors, you know what I mean? I learned that lesson after a couple tries with this coloring. 

7. Frost these bad boys, add a halved strawberry for effect, and let the summer begin!
Happy Sunny Sunday!

1 comment:

  1. What a pretty cupcake idea! I wonder if it would work to sub out the margarita mix for Trader Joe's pink strawberry lemonade? I may give it a go, my little one loves anything pink. I'm in SD too - how great has our weather been?!

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