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52 Weeks of Baking: Springtime Lemonade Cupcakes

The other day I read about Julia's Easter Cake Bake challenge and decided that it would be a great theme for this week's baking project. I'd also been thinking about making a lemon cake using lemonade concentrate (like these cookies that PartySugar made a few weeks ago) and thought that lemonade and Easter seemed like a good match. So I headed to my kitchen and started brainstorming - I took a bunch of different cake recipes (along with some tips I've picked up along the way) and came up with a pretty decent lemonade cupcake (Julia's challenge originally said cake, but something about the bite size cupcakes seemed more fun). The cake itself was a bit too sweet and over crumbly, and I forgot to sift my powdered sugar so the frosting was a bit lumpy. However, the coconut "grass" hid the frosting, and the textures all seemed to work well together.

I'm excited to have created another original recipe that mostly worked, but I'm waaay excited about how the decorations turned out. Somehow I got it stuck in my mind that coconut dyed green would look really cute as grass, and (here I go: toot toot!) I think it is!

Easter Lemonade Cupcakes
From YumSugar

These cupcakes are really sweet, I would maybe cut out 1/4-1/2 cups of sugar, depending on how sweet the lemonade concentrate is. Also, the cake is quite crumbly, like a muffin - I would consider adding another egg to the mixture.

3 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp lemonade concentrate
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
lemonade frosting (see recipe below)
1 1/2 - 2 cups sweetened coconut flake
green food coloring
48 chocolate candy eggs

This recipe makes 24 cupcakes.

  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Sift flour, salt, baking soda and powder together - set aside.
  • In mixer cream butter until smooth, add sugar, cream together.
  • Once creamed add in lemonade concentrate.
  • Slowly mix in one egg at a time.
  • Add in flour mixture 1/3 at a time.
  • When flour is thoroughly mixed, mix in milk. Batter will be slightly lumpy, but should be smooth (think pancake batter).
  • Divide batter evenly into lined muffin tins and bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled.
  • While cupcakes are cooling mix coconut with a few drops of food coloring until desired color is achieved.
  • Once cupcakes are cooled, frost with lemonade frosting, and coat with coconut. Place candy onto the cupcakes and top with bunny toothpicks (I got mine at safeway).

Lemonade Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tbsp lemonade concentrate

In mixer cream butter, slowly add in sugar and mix until blended. Mix in lemonade concentrate. Add more powdered sugar as needed.
























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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
these are so adorable, love the pictures!
PixelatedKD PixelatedKD 10 years
These went over so well with my friends! Does anyone else have other unique cupcake recipes? Thanks!
appreciated appreciated 10 years
Someone made very similar ones and brought them to work today! They were delicious! The ones I had were just regular frosting and the cake part had red dots in it? Strawberry I guess?
PixelatedKD PixelatedKD 10 years
I made them last night with my boyfriend and they're delish!!! And super cute! We bought the all the stuff and he helped me cream the butter and mix but I sent him out of the kitchen when they were cooled and frosted and surprised him with the bunnies, the eggs, and the awesome green grass! He thought they were adorable and brought them into work today. Thanks sooo much YumSugar!!! =D
swete20 swete20 10 years
These look so good, I can't wait to make them, I think I will bring them as my easter treat to my family gathering!
ashleycakes ashleycakes 10 years
These are SO cute! __________ Zing!!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
AMAZING. they look SO good!
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
awww! Those are so precious! I'd love to make them with my little ones back home!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Wow, those look great and sound awesome!
Food Food 10 years
glad you liked them arthur, and don't worry molly, you've still got 38 weeks (or so) left. I'll come up with something else by then. amandaaa, cake flour contains a higher amount of starch and a lower amount of gluten (which makes lighter/less dense cakes). You can substitute it with regular flour, however you should go 1 cup of cake flour = 7/8 cup (14 tbsp) of all purpose flour. However, a lot of people would recommend adding 2 tbsp of cornstarch as well. And for everyone else, even if you use box cake/canned frosting, everyone will still appreciate the work you put into the decorations!
Arthur Arthur 10 years
those of us here at Sugar Central were lucky enough to sample the results of this and I can tell you they were REALLY GOOD!!
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
ooohh my mom LOVES lemons like no other! any way these can be made with all-purpose flour?
Molly Molly 10 years
They were Yummy. I gotta say, I'm pret-ty into this 52 weeks of baking. I'm already dreading the end. ;)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
SU3 SU3 10 years
I love it! They look awesome Yum! very very creative - will definitely try out this weekend :woohoo:
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I think I know what I'm bringing for Easter Sunday now!
llendril llendril 10 years
as always, well done. they look so tasty =)
ReseySugar ReseySugar 10 years
They look SO good! I'll need to try this recipie out =)
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