Power of Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

October 26, 2008 at 8:38 PM | Posted in blog event, cupcakes | 15 Comments
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I am sure you could probably tell by the “pink” confections popping up all over the blogosphere lately. I know I am seeing alot of “pink” and “pumpkin” in my GR. Actually I have a permanent 1/2 can of pumpkin puree in my frig these days. Gotta love that holiday baking. But it was about time for me to jump on the “pink” bandwagon and take a pumpkin break.

What better reason to bake than for a cure right? RIGHT!

My fellow foodie friend, Jen, is hosting the Power of Pink Challenge. I remember when she told me about it, I put up her logo on my side bar that day. I knew I would be participating come heck or high water. Her mom and aunts had breast cancer so breast cancer awareness is an important cause in her family. Thankfully I do not know anyone close to me that has/had breast cancer but I do have a few degrees of separation that have had breast cancer like in Jen’s case. I bet you do too. It doesn’t just affect one person. It affects women, husbands, mothers, sisters, brothers, children. It affects everyone.

In honor of Jen’s pink challenge I made a pink ribbon cupcake iron-on rhinestone to encourage everyone to bake for the cure.

RULES:
If you would like to win my cupcake rhinestone all you have to do is…

(1) Enter Jen’s Power of Pink Challenge by October 31st
(2) Post about it per her blog instructions
(3) Leave me a comment with the link to your post

I will confirm all entries by leaving a comment on your blog. Then you will be entered into a random drawing. It’s that simple!

Speaking of breast cancer awareness…

Have you given your breast a self-exam today?
Have you scheduled an appointment for a mammogram?

Don’t blush about the above tata talk. This is your life. No time to be a prude.

For more information on breast cancer, please visit: Susan G Komen for the Cure


(Recipe from Confections of a Foodie Bride | photos from me!)

Makes about 22-24 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

For cupcakes
1/2 cup water + 3/4 cup pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
White cake mix
3 egg whites
2 Tbsp vegetable oil

For lemon buttercream
3 cups + 3 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Red food color (I used Wilton rose pink gel)

pink sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven 350F. Prepare cupcake pan with liners.

In a stand mixer, add the cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, water and pink lemonade concentrate. Mix on low for about 30 seconds and then increase to medium speed for 90 seconds (the batter will still be a bit lumpy; take care not to overmix so you don’t end up with dry cupcakes).

Fill the cupcake liners 1/2-2/3 full. Bake at 350 for about 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick registers “done” in the center cupcake. Cool completely on a baking rack before frosting cupcakes.

To make buttercream—
Add the butter, confectioner’s sugar, salt and lemon juice to the stand mixer and mix on low using the paddle attachment until combined.

Add pink food coloring and mix until frosting is uniformly pink.

To assemble cupcakes—
Frost cupcakes using a Magic Tip 7ST star tip (my new favorite!) and garnish with pink sprinkles.

ENJOY!

Husband rating: A
He was kinda skeptical b/c he’s not usually a pink lemonade fan but he really liked this cupcake. He said its not as tart as the drink. Its more like a sweet lemonade cupcake.

Wifey rating: A
I love pink lemonade and this cupcake was awesome. And that frosting… FABULOUS. I am already making plans to make this a scratch recipe so stay tuned…

Other rating: A
My brother liked it and he’s not usually a dessert person so I know it was good.

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15 Comments

  1. Thanks so much CB for doing this – it means a lot to me. Your cupcakes look great! I can’t wait to see who wins the rhinestone cupcake. It’ so darn cute.

  2. JEN, … and thanks for hosting! I had a great time making these cupcakes for such an awesome cause. It really worked out b/c T’s school is doing a breast cancer awareness thing so I made the cupcakes for it. Gotta love those 2fors!

  3. Yay for BOOBIES!!! and pink frosting … you know how much I love pink! They’re adorable as always

  4. NIKKI, I knew you’d love the (.)(.)s and the pinkness! HAHA

  5. Those cupcakes are so cute! I bet they were delicious. :D

    I totally want to enter the pink challenge… and yours also… hmm… that means I have to do it this week.

    (Puts thinking cap on and goes to ponder)

  6. those cuppies look (and sound) awesome. Breast cancer is a scary beast. I’ve not personally known someone with it, but have a good friend who lost her Mom to it. Sad stuff.
    Boobs are great. In fact I’ve never liked them more than I have now that I’m breastfeeding and they are serving a grander purpose than just looking cool on my chest.

  7. JULIE, I hope you enter! You have like 5 days. You can do iiiiiiiiiiiiit!

    SUZY, aawww so sorry to hear about your friend’s mom. LOL @ boob’s grander purpose. True dat.

  8. I saw this recipe back a while ago and bookmarked it to try. I even went out and bought the lemonade drink mix! I’ll get off my duff and make them now. Thanks for promoting the Power of Pink – I’ll scoot over to Jen’s site now and check it out.

  9. LISA, Oh you definitely have to try the recipe esp if you already have the lemonade!

  10. I agree this is a great event! I had fun making something pink for it!

  11. ADAMSWIFE, Awesome! ::off to check out your POP entry::

  12. [...] of Pink Challenge, and what I could do to be creative with it.  Then wouldn’t you know it, I Heart Cuppycakes added a Pink Challenge [...]

  13. Hi again! I want to enter your challenge! :D

  14. GIRL4DUKE, Entered!

  15. [...] I topped these with a Pink Lemonade Buttercream I found on IheartCuppyCakes. [...]


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