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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

I’ve got sweet and tangy, farm-stand fresh Pink Lemonade Cupcakes for you today. So pull up a front porch rocker and get ready to enjoy the appeal of this summertime sensation.

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! #lemon #lemonade #cupcakes #pink #kitchenconvo

Summertime encompasses so many wonderful things…

Warm lazy evenings on the deck. Swimming pools. Spaghetti straps and tanned legs. Casual parties. Beach trips. Backyard grilling. Fresh seasonal produce. Iced tea and lemonade. Lots of laughter.

We’ve got some exciting travel plans this summer, but we also plan to do a lot of lounging at home, enjoying the sun and the season’s bounty.

Pretty Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! #lemon #lemonade #cupcakes #pink #kitchenconvo

Last week I had my first summer trip, a visit to a dairy farm in Minnesota with my friends at Land O’Lakes. Land O’Lakes invited me to come meet one of their co-op farm families, Sadie and Glen (and their sweet kids) from Blue Diamond Dairy.

Sadie and Glen are farmers, parents, and Sadie is a fellow blogger. Both Glen and Sadie work countless hours pursuing their passion, to support their family and raise their children on a working farm.

Blue Diamond Dairy #kitchenconvo

Glen and Sadie taught us how to milk cows by hand and with special milking pumps. After our lesson we had a hand-milking competition.

As you can imagine, Ree The Pioneer Woman blew us all out of the water.

I did ok though…

Milking Competition #kitchenconvo

We went out to the pasture at Blue Diamond Dairy to see where the cows spend their time in the warm months of Minnesota.

Helen, one of the friendliest cows I’ve ever met, became the bell of the ball by getting close and personal with us.

Helen #kitchenconvo

Here she is, coming to say hi.

Helen the Cow #kitchenconvo

IMG_3005Photos of me from Bridget of Bake at 350.

Helen is quite a kisser.

Check out this amazing shot from Jessica The Novice Chef, as Helen gives Maria’s baby a smooch.

Helen Kisses Baby Pea #kitchenconvo

Sadie and Glen were so gracious to host us on this marvelous day. I will never forget their hospitality… or Helen.

Blue Diamond Dairy

Land O'Lakes #KitchenConvo #ButterBabesFrom left to right: Sadie, Maria, Ree, Me, Jessica, Brenda, Joanne, Bridget, Julie and Jenny.

After our farm tour, we spent a day exploring the Land O’Lakes headquarters and playing in the test kitchens. Not only did we learn all about what makes Land O’Lakes our nation’s top butter producer, but we were able to taste the difference ourselves…

I will happily be a taste-tester for Land O’Lakes anytime they ask.

Land O'Lakes Test Kitchens #kitchenconvo

Before I headed home we made a marvelous summer treat in the Land O’Lakes kitchen, Rhubarb Pie Pops.

Just look at these!

Land O'Lakes Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Pops #kitchenconvo

You can get the pie pop recipe we made here, and I also have a special summer treat to share with you today!

How to Make Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! #lemon #lemonade #cupcakes #pink #kitchenconvo

One of my favorite summertime treats is fresh pink lemonade.

Regular lemonade is wonderful too, but something about the pale blushing color of pink lemonade makes it seem like a little celebration in a glass.

Making Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! #lemon #lemonade #cupcakes #pink #kitchenconvo

And since pink lemonade makes me feel like I’m celebrating, I thought it appropriate to turn this sweet seasonal beverage into pink lemonade cupcakes, perfect for summertime parties.

How To: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! #lemon #lemonade #cupcakes #pink #kitchenconvo

These tangy pink lemonade cupcakes are made with creamy Land O Lakes® Butter in Half Sticks and fresh aromatic lemons. Using the zest and the juice of the lemons (in both the cake and frosting) creates an intense fresh lemon essence that is hard to beat.

I love using Land O Lakes® Butter in Half Sticks for cupcakes and frosting recipes, because they are perfectly portioned so I don’t have extra nubs of butter tucked away in the fridge.

Easy Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! #lemon #lemonade #cupcakes #pink #kitchenconvo

The buttery base makes these pink lemonade cakes tender and light, and the frosting adds a creamy decadent layer of zingy goodness to round out each cupcake’s lemony appeal.

Simple Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! #lemon #lemonade #cupcakes #pink #kitchenconvo

With a vibrant flavor reminiscent of summertime, Pink Lemonade Cupcakes taste like little bites of sunshine… with sprinkles!

Zingy Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! #lemon #lemonade #cupcakes #pink #kitchenconvo

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes (active time)

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Pink Lemonade Cupcakes:

  • 3 Half Sticks (3/4 cup) Land O Lakes® Salted Butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 Meyer lemons, 2 heaping tablespoons zest + 1/2 cup juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 to 5 drops red food coloring

For the Pink Lemonade Frosting:

  • 6 Half Sticks (1 ½ cups) Land O Lakes® Salted Butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 6-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Meyer lemon, zest + 3 tablespoons juice
  • 2 -3 drops red food coloring
  • Pink Sprinkles
  • 24 lemon jelly candy wedges

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350oF. Line two large muffin pans with 24 paper liners. Place 3 softened Land O Lakes® Salted Butter Half Sticks in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape the bowl and add the eggs, vanilla extract, and baking powder. Beat to combine.
  2. Add the lemon zest and juice to the bowl. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour and milk until just combined. Scrape the bowl again and turn on low while adding 3 to 5 drops of red food coloring, creating a pale pink color.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between 24 cupcake liners. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool in the muffin pans for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
  4. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, make the frosting. Place the softened butter and cream cheese in a clean bowl. Cream with the mixer on high until very smooth with no clumps. Scrape the bowl, then add the lemon zest and juice. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the powdered sugar until your desired consistency is reached. Add 2 to 3 drops of red food coloring to create a pale pink color.
  5. Place the frosting in a large piping bag with wide piping tip. Pipe large mounds of frosting on top of each cupcake. Then cover with pink sprinkles and top with a lemon jelly candy.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

Disclosure: A Spicy Perspective has partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for the Kitchen Conversations blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.

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56 Responses to “Pink Lemonade Cupcakes”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted June 16, 2014 at 4:41 am

    It looks like you had SO much fun! That picture of the cow kissing Maria’s baby is amazing!
    And these cupcakes look incredible! I love pink lemonade, but have never had it in a cupcake….and we all know cupcakes make everything better! Pinned :)

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  2. TidyMomposted June 16, 2014 at 5:50 am

    these sound perfect for summer!! Love the picture of the cow kissing Maria’s belly! lol

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  3. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted June 16, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Looks like so much fun! I love the pic of the cow cozying up to Maria’s belly. These cupcakes look amazing.

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  4. Marie @ Little Kitchieposted June 16, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Oh my goodness!!! These are the cutest, most perfect summer cupcakes! LOVE.

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  5. Betty Lynneposted June 16, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Wow! These will be a hit with the kids but they’re almost too pretty to eat!

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  6. Jenny Flakeposted June 16, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Ahhhh, loved your cute little cupcakes! See ya tomorrow!!

    Reply

  7. Tieghanposted June 16, 2014 at 6:33 am

    These are so fun!! I love pink colors! :)

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  8. Naomiposted June 16, 2014 at 6:36 am

    those are a summer must make for sure! And this poctures/looks like you guys had so much fun!

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  9. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted June 16, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Love seeing you gals milk the cows! Fun summery cupcakes!

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  10. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted June 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I can’t decide which I like more….the cupcakes or Helen. One side you have the porch sittin’ on the other you have the smoochin’. I think I’ll just have both.
    Gorgeous day. Gorgeous treats!
    Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Christine from Cook the Storyposted June 16, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Cute cow + cute cupcakes = awesome post!

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  12. marlaposted June 16, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Looks like a fun trip! Love the cupcakes :)

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  13. Mariaposted June 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Such a fun trip and loved your cupcakes!

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  14. Julie @ Table for Twoposted June 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

    These are SO pretty and I love the pink lemonade flavor!

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  15. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted June 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I promise you this. I will make these for our girls before the summer is over. These were so delicious and fun! It was great to see you here in MN last week – have an awesome summer!

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  16. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted June 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

    OMG! These cupcakes are fantastic! Looks like you gals had a blast!

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  17. Annie @ ciaochowbambinaposted June 16, 2014 at 8:36 am

    So fun! Love the pink! And the cow! :)

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  18. Carolineposted June 16, 2014 at 8:42 am

    These may be the prettiest cupcakes ever! I LOVE lemon, so can’t wait to make these! Your trip sounds like a blast! Helen is adorable…I want one! :)

    Reply

  19. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted June 16, 2014 at 9:02 am

    These cupcakes are the cutest, Sommer! Nothing screams summertime like pink lemonade :) and I loved seeing your Kitchen Convo pictures — I want to play with cows and you and Ree on a farm! How fun!!

    Reply

  20. Heather Christoposted June 16, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Best shot of Maria ever!! These cupcakes are so adorable Sommer- they make me so happy!

    Reply

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  22. bridget {bake at 350}posted June 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

    love, love, love the combo of tart and sweet…these are perfection…and so pretty, too!

    Loved getting to visit with you last week! Yay, butter!

    Reply

  23. Kimposted June 16, 2014 at 9:41 am

    If I use unsalted butter, how much salt should I add?

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    • Sommer — June 16th, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

      Hi Kim, 1/2 teaspoon should do it!

      Reply

  24. JulieDposted June 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Love love our yellow wellies! I’m obsessed! These cupcakes were sooo good!!

    Reply

  25. Alice // Hip Foodie Momposted June 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

    oh my goodness! I love these cupcakes and all the photos from your trip to MN! :) I just made a pink lemonade cake last friday for a guest post for july!!! we loved it so I know these cupcakes are fabulous!!! pinned and love these!

    Reply

  26. Lauree Kposted June 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Want to make these to go with my daughter’s 3rd birthday party. I am doing a mermaid cake and these would be cute to place around for a second option. My question, are you just mentioning the lemons for the zest and juice or are you making the candy lemon slices with them? It’s not completely clear. Also, is the zest necessary? Every time I use zest in something I get those slivers and it turns me off. Any tips or tricks? Thanks. They are beautiful.

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    • Sommer — June 16th, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

      Hi Lauree, I bought lemon candies for the tops; I did not make them. As for the zest, you can definitely omit it, but the lemon flavor won’t be as vibrant.

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      • Lauree K — June 19th, 2014 @ 10:32 am

        Thanks.

    • Wendy Martin — June 16th, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

      Make sure you zest with a planer and not a greater. Then you won’t get divers of lemon in your cakes or frosting! The zest really does make the whole thing, so leaving it in is best!

      Reply

      • Lauree K — June 19th, 2014 @ 10:32 am

        Thanks.

  27. Wendy Martinposted June 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    OMG, you meet Ree!!?? Lucky!! She is among my top five favorite famous people!

    I have been craving lemon cake all day. These look amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

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  28. Kiranposted June 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Hi,
    Cup cakes looks so yummy
    My is that ,I have gas oven so how much temperature I have to cook cupcakes. ?
    Thank you

    Reply

  29. Julianne @ Beyond FRostingposted June 16, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing! I love the color!

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  30. petiscos e miminhosposted June 17, 2014 at 4:20 am

    These cupcakes are just so cute!

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  31. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted June 17, 2014 at 5:24 am

    It looks like you had an amazing time at the farm. Love the chic yellow boots. Wow, that is one friendly cow. These cupcakes are causing my mouth to water. Mmm, that fluffy frosting… Pinned.

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  32. Carolynposted June 17, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Love your sweet cupcakes. And looks like a fun trip! I got cow kisses from Cabot Creamery cows too. :)

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  33. Liz Fourezposted June 17, 2014 at 6:29 am

    These cupcakes are perfect for summer! So cute! And your trip out the the farm looks like you all had a blast!

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  35. Cherylposted June 17, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I’m in love these cupcakes! I’m planning my baby girl’s first birthday party & I think I’m going to go with a pink lemonade, pink & yellow kind of theme. Will you share where you bought the candy wedges for the tops? They’re so cute!

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  36. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulasposted June 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I have a massive craving for these cupcakes again! I love how zingy they were. It was so great to see you in MN and I can’t wait to see you in your hometown in August!

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  37. Gabyposted June 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Love these cupcakes, I need at least 3!

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  38. jennaposted June 17, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Sommer! These are so adorable!! How festive for summer!

    Reply

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  41. Sadie Frericksposted June 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you so much for visiting our farm, Sommer. It was so much fun to meet you. And to try your cupcakes. Glen’s dad raved about these cupcakes for days. Thanks, too, for your kind comments and the link love. :)

    Reply

  42. Sheriposted June 20, 2014 at 2:31 am

    What tip did you use to pipe the icing?

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  43. LoveAppleposted June 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Woa, it is so awesome
    I love this cake and I will make it tomorrow
    Thanks

    Reply

  44. Shainaposted June 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Pink perfection!

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  45. Sylwiaposted June 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Hallo what color of food coloring did u use?

    Reply

  46. Mercuryposted June 27, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I am so excited to try these! I’m an American expat currently living in Northern Ireland and we are hosting a 4th of July celebration next weekend and I can’t wait to serve these! Nothing says “America” like real lemonade and BBQ ;)
    I’m going to serve mine with the candies lemon wedges and a strawberry twizzler “straw” :)

    Reply

  47. Arianeposted July 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I was looking for a fresh summer cupcake for a party next week. I fell in love at first sight with yours. Around here, I can only get my hands on Meyers lemon in March and April. Could I use normal lemons instead or should I change the quantities?

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  48. Adrienneposted July 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Can I use regular lemons instead? If so, will it be the same amount of juice and zest? Thank you!

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    • Sommer — July 10th, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

      Hi Adrienne, Yes! Meyer lemons have a softer floral quality, but regular lemon work just fine. :)

      Reply

  49. Helen @ Scrummy Laneposted July 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    My goodness, these are absolutely beautiful. They remind me of a more sophisticated version of the little ‘fairy cakes’ I used to eat at childhood parties. :-)

    Reply

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