Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe (Easy!)

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Pink Lemonade CupcakesIf what you’re after is a combination of sweet and tart at the same time, Pink Lemonade Cupcakes might be just the thing.  Imagine the taste of pink lemonade – in a cupcake. It’s even better than pink lemonade in a glass!

These little babies are not only yummy, they are super pretty too. Oh yes, and easy – these are EASY. We’re working from a boxed  cake mix here, and just “doctoring” it up a bit….  so you can get these done quick.  Big return for minimal effort :)

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes are perfect for a birthday, Bridal shower, Christening or almost any kind of party, really.  But with those pretty pastel colors, it makes me think “spring!”.  So, of course, they’d also be great at Easter.

I think I might just whip up a batch to celebrate the arrival of spring (because remember my mantra – LIFE is a special occasion. Celebrate something EVERY day!)

Pink Lemonade Confetti Cupcakes Recipe

Calories Per Cupcake: 97.4 • Fat: 2.3 g • Carbs: 17.3 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1.0 g • Sugar: 9.8
Sodium: 103.7 (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 18.25 oz box confetti cake mix
  • 2 1/2 tsp powdered sugar-free pink lemonade mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • lemon zest from half of a lemon
  • 2 drops pink food coloring (optional)
  • confetti sprinkles, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cupcake tins with 24 paper liners.

Stir together the water and pink lemonade powder.  Combine the cake mix, pink lemonade mixture, applesauce, lemon zest, food coloring and oil in a large bowl and with an electric mixer, mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pans.  Add sprinkles if using and bake in the oven for 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Recipe Courtesy of Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

Pink and Gold Cupcakes on a DIY Glittered Cake Stand

Pink and gold cupcakes with glitter

Pink and gold cupcakes

When the occasion calls for glitter, glitz and glam, take this idea and run with it.

Vanilla cupcakes topped with pretty pastel pink cream cheese frosting look spectacular in gold foil cupcake liners. Pink and gold just go so darn incredibly well together! Tiny flags covered in deep pink/ purple glitter are inserted into the cupcakes with toothpicks.

But what really makes this spectacular is the gold vintage-style cake stand that these little beauties are displayed upon. It’s a thrift store find that got an inexpensive do-over (cost under $5 in total!).

Make a Glittered Cake Stand

You can easily do this too.

Here’s How:

Just thoroughly spray a cake stand with spray adhesive (make sure the stand has been washed and thoroughly dried just beforehand.

Then immediately sprinkle generously with gold (or silver if you prefer) glitter, ensuring that every bit of the cake stand is completely covered with glitter.

You an also use craft glue instead of spray-adhesive, and apply it with an artists brush, again making sure to cover every bit of the surface of the cake stand.

Last step is to give the stand a bit of a protective covering so that you don’t have sparkles and glitter coming off all over the place. After you’ve applied the glitter, wait about 24 hours, then using an artist’s brush, cover with Modge Podge (available at craft stores) and allow to dry before putting that beautiful, glittering DIY cake stand into service.

This is a fab idea for New Years Eve, a special birthday, sweet sixteen, prom, a wedding, bridal shower, bridal luncheon, bachelorette party, Oscar Night party, or an anniversary. Why not add a little glam to a baby shower?

Or just whenever you want to inject a little glitz into your party or celebration :)

Yay! Birthday Cake

Yay! Birthday Cake

Yay! Birthday CakeIf cake could talk… what would it say?

“Yay!”

Okay, this is definitely one of the more unique birthday cake ideas I’ve seen recently. Who wouldn’t be tickled by a birthday cake with a secret hidden message inside.

They letters are created using edible play dough (which is sometimes also referred to as “edible dough”).  Its dough that you can form into shapes and letters, and perfectly yummy to eat. Ask for it at craft stores.  Also available at Amazon.com.

Asubtlerevelry.com has a full tutorial on how to make this cake if you have the patience to do it :)

Macaroon Cookies with Edible Gold Glitter

Cookies (macaroons) with edible gold glitter

Cookies (macaroons) with edible gold glitter

Macaroons are super-fancy little French cookies, and they are becoming ever so trendy right now. You may have noticed chic little Macaroon bars popping up around your city; if you haven’t yet, you probably will soon – they are becoming the latest hot trend.

The idea of adding edible gold or glitter to baked goodies is just so elegant. Making macaroons is a rather difficult and involved process (but we’ve got an easy Macaroon recipe for you), but you can add the edible gold glitter to any type of cookie and still get an amazing effect without going through the ordeal of macaroon making.

The glitter offers an easy way to transform a very plain, highly ordinary cookie into something very impressive and spectacular.

If you want to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes with making your own Macaroons, don’t despair at the tales of doom and gloom of domesticates every where who have tried and failed. The recipe below may be a little fiddly (all macaroon recipes are!), but its actually easy and the Macaroons come out great. We’ve also included 5 scrumptious macaroon filling recipes (the yummiest part is the filling!).  How do these sound:  Blueberry Cheesecake Macaroon Filling, Almond-Raspberry Macaroon Filling, Mint White Chocolate Macaroon Filling, Lavendar-Honey Macaroon Filling, Pineapple Macaroon Filling.

Macaroons (Macarons) Recipe
Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup almond flour
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup superfine sugar
2 to 3 drops gel food coloring (see below)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla, almond or mint extract
Assorted fillings (see below)

Special Equipment:
Oven with convection setting
4 baking sheets
3 silicone baking mats
Fine-mesh sieve
Pastry bag with 1/4-inch round tip

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F using the convection setting. Line 3 baking sheets with silicone mats. Measure the confectioners’ sugar and almond flour by spooning them into measuring cups and leveling with a knife. Transfer to a bowl; whisk to combine.

Sift the sugar-almond flour mixture, a little at a time, through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing with a rubber spatula to pass through as much as possible. It will take a while, and up to 2 tablespoons of coarse almond flour may be left; just toss it.

Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt with a mixer on medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to medium high; gradually add the superfine sugar and beat until stiff and shiny, about 5 more minutes.

Transfer the beaten egg whites to the bowl with the almond flour mixture. Draw a rubber spatula halfway through the mixture and fold until incorporated, giving the bowl a quarter turn with each fold.

Add the food coloring and extract (see below). Continue folding and turning, scraping down the bowl, until the batter is smooth and falls off the spatula in a thin flat ribbon, 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch round tip. Holding the bag vertically and close to the baking sheet, pipe 1 1/4-inch circles (24 per sheet). Firmly tap the baking sheets twice against the counter to release any air bubbles.

Let the cookies sit at room temperature until the tops are no longer sticky to the touch, 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the humidity. Slip another baking sheet under the first batch (a double baking sheet protects the cookies from the heat).

Bake the first batch until the cookies are shiny and rise 1/8 inch to form a “foot,” about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Repeat, using a double sheet for each batch. Peel the cookies off the mats and sandwich with a thin layer of filling (see below).

Macaroon Filling Recipes

Almond-Raspberry Macaroon Filling:

Tint the batter with 2 drops bright pink gel food coloring, and flavor with almond extract. Fill with seedless raspberry jam (you’ll need about 3/4 cup).

Mint-White Chocolate Macaroon Filling:

Tint the batter with 2 drops mint green gel food coloring; flavor with mint extract. For the filling, microwave 3 ounces chopped white chocolate, 2 tablespoons heavy cream and 1 tablespoon butter in 30-second intervals, stirring, until smooth. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon mint extract and 1 drop mint green gel food coloring.

Blueberry Cheesecake Macaroon Filling:

Tint the batter with 3 drops royal blue gel food coloring; flavor with vanilla extract. For the filling, mix 4 ounces softened cream cheese and 3 tablespoons blueberry jam.

Lavendar-Honey Macaroon Filling:

Tint the batter with 2 drops violet gel food coloring; flavor with almond or vanilla extract. For the filling, mix 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon ground dried lavender.

Pineapple Macaroon Filling:

Tint the batter with 2 drops lemon yellow gel food coloring; flavor with vanilla extract. For the filling, press 3/4 cup pineapple jam through a sieve, discarding any large pieces.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

Baby Shower Cupcakes: Yummy Bundles of Joy!

Baby shower cupcakes - its a boy!

Baby shower cupcake ideas - Bundles of Joy

Yummy little bundles of joy! I came across some super-cute cupcake ideas for a baby shower.  Melt-my-heat adorable! But you’ve got to know how to work with fondant to make these. Or just take the pictures to a cake decorator and let her create these little masterpieces for your little celebration. :)

Adorable little babies are tucked in their beds, snug as little bugs under their blankies with only their sweet heads peeping out from under the covers. Sorry I can’t credit the designer or source, I found these in an image search and the link to the original site was no longer valid.

Baby shower cupcakes - its a boy!
How about these little peek-a-boo babies on top of yummy chocolate cupcakes? Perfect way to say “its a boy”!  But you could easily do the blankie and soother in pink for a baby girl, and it would be just as adorable.
[Photo Credit: CakesAndCupcakesMumbai]

 

Bacon Hearts

Bacon hearts

Bacon hearts

These days, nothing says I love you like bacon it seems. And what better way to say it than styling those little strips of scumptiousness into hearts as you’re frying them up in the pan – or in my case, crisping them up in the microwave.

Being rather health conscious (and figure-conscious!),  I generally prefer to use turkey or chicken bacon, but no biggie because this will work just as well with those leaner choices (when done in the microwave turkey bacon gets super-crispy. Yum!).

I love this idea and plan to surprise my husband (if he reads my blog, which he’s inclined to do on occasion, it’ll be less of a surprise, but he usually sticks to news and technology blogs so hopefully he won’t spot this…) with heart shaped bacon for breakfast on the next special occasion, which would be our anniversary. But its also a great idea for birthdays, Valentines day, or any time you just want to say “I love you”. Oh yeah, throw Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in there too.

Come to think of it, what a great way to break the ice and make up the morning after a squabble :)

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