My husband mentioned that he’d seen a Paula Deen recipe for pink lemonade cake. I thought that sounded really nice and would be a great Summertime dessert. After looking at Paula’s recipe online and the comments by users who had found it “too dense” “too this” or “too that” I decided to run with her basic flavour idea but to tweak it and hopefully turn out something really nice.
This is what I did. It’s really easy and very tasty.
I took a box of white cake mix and prepared it as directed on the box except that I don’t like to use oil in my cakes so I replaced the 1/3 cup of oil with an equivalent 1/3 cup of natural, unsweetened apple sauce. To the mix I then added three heaped tablespoons of the Country Time Pink Lemonade drink mix and also added a dash of Madagascar Vanilla and about a tablespoon of lemon zest. I decided I wanted my cake to be more pink than the pale colour it was currently so I added a dash of pink food colouring until it was pink enough for me.
Ingredients so far:
1 box of Moist White Cake Mix
3 egg whites (no yolks)
1/3 cup natural, unsweetened apple sauce
1 & 1/4 cup of water
3 heaped tablespoons of Country Time Pink Lemonade drink mix powder (not diluted)
1 tsp of Madagascar Vanilla or Vanilla Essence
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon zest
Pink food colouring
(Baking purists are probably rolling their eyes at my suggestion of using a box mix and then the addition of pink food colouring. It worked for what we were doing here so I’m ok with it. If you aren’t, there are plenty of from scratch white cake recipes out there to delight your pure little baker’s hearts.)
Even though I have a passion for baking we try not to keep too many goodies in the house because we both could stand to lose some weight. So we send our goodies off to work with my husband and I’ve heard his coworkers think this is ok. Since they are headed for the office I decided to make cupcakes as they are far more manageable than needing to find a knife and plates for carving up a larger single cake.
Next I created a tasty complementary frosting. I pretty much always go for my basic cream cheese frosting and just change it up a little to suit what it is that I’m making.
5 heaped tablespoons of Country Time Pink Lemonade Drink Powder
After the cupcakes came out of the oven and cooled I frosted them with a generous swirl of buttercream and some sugar sprinkles just to make them shiny. So that’s it folks.. really a quick and easy recipe and perfect for summer mealtimes or snacks. Enjoy! And remember if you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me. I try to answer all emails even if they may take a couple of days to get you your response.
My favourite drink is an Arnold Palmer – half iced tea, half lemonade. Paula Deen’s recipe for a cupcake by the same name didn’t receive very good reviews so I set out to make my own. And yes, it uses a box cake mix… I know, culinary purists are mortified, but hey, cake mixes are perfected and a great time saver, so I say go ahead, there are no rules in your own kitchen!
Oh and don’t forget to pop on over to Kitchen Rap to see the Summer 2009 Cupcake Crawl! Vote for these cupcakes or my “You’ll go bananas” entry…
|Yield: Approx 18 cupcakes
Prep time: 10 mins
Bake time: 17-20 mins
Preheat oven to 350F. Either spray a cupcake pan or line with cupcake papers.
Heat milk to around 130F and steep tea bags or leaf for five minutes. Strain milk through fine sieve or strainer to remove any tea leaves. Allow milk to cool before adding to mixture so as not to cook the eggs.
In a mixing bowl, add cake mix, tea infused milk, oil and eggs. Beat on medium speed for two minutes. Scrape side and bottom of bowl to ensure no dry mix left.
Fill cupcake pan to three quarters full and bake for around 17-20 mins. Cupcakes should be golden and spring back on top when depressed slightly.
Cool completely before frosting with your favourite lemon buttercream. Finish off by zesting some fresh lemon rind across the top.
These are more lemon flavoured with just a hint of the tea. I will be trying out different tea types in future batches. Enjoy!