Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Little Sunshine for the Weekend

some candied lemon slices on top along with a cut straw
gives you this delightful presentation...

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

1 box white cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sweetened pink lemonade drink powder

2 sticks margarine
1 cup shortening
8 tablespoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Zest from 1 lemon
2 pounds confectioners sugar
Pink icing paste or food coloring
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line 24 standard-size muffin cups with cupcake liners. Prepare the cake mix batter according to package directions, adding lemon zest, vanilla and pink lemonade powder. Use a 1/3-cup measuring cup to ladle the batter into lined muffin tins. Bake according to package directions, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting. Prepare the icing by creaming margarine, shortening, lemonade concentrate, milk and vanilla with a mixer. Beat until smooth, then mix in lemon zest. Gradually add sugar, mixing well. If desired, beat in a little pink icing paste to intensify the pale pink frosting. (Note: To take another shortcut, use a lemon cake mix instead of the doctored white cake mix.) 

already dropped one of the dogs off at the vet & their groomer, she's a big Yellow Lab
and has hair thicker than mine, so she's getting shaved in order to withstand the summer heat,
+ she loves to swim and having no hair will make everyone happier. 

have a wonderful weekend !



Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Ahhhh, pink lemonade and the sun seem so foreign to me especially on a cold gloomy afternoon in London! So cheery!


How gorgeous, this image is fabulous! I love all the pink and the cupcakes are the loveliest! Thanks for the recipe. Enjoy your weekend.

Ann said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe
I love trying refreshing drinks for Summer
and those images are so divine.

carolyn bradford said...

These look amazing and are to pretty to eat! Almost! I bet they are delicious!

Botanic Bleu said...

In general, yellow is not a color I appreciate. However, when paired with red or pink, the combination makes my heart sing. Your pink lemonade vignette is spectacular with the azaleas and lemons.


Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

these look and sound tres delish!!! ... Along with our two Yorkies (Dolce & Gabbana) we also are blessed with our Stella who is a Yellow Lab, so I can relate to the coat challenges. Happy week-end my friend..xo C. (HHL)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

AND YOU, my dear, are a sweet fragrance of beauty. Thank you for coming to pay me a visit at my home, Rabbit Hill! Your photos here are the epitome of spring delights with pinks, YELLOWS and delicious taste....let's spread that NEVER ENDING story to make this life a great one! Your books from me and Irina are en route!!! BISOUS, Anita

VM Creation Atelier said...

Marsha,my dear,dear Marsha....................!!!:)*

You header blows me totally away,is amazing is extraordinary beautiful,I mean it!!!

And I wish you fantatsic weekend,

Much Love,

Sarah said...

Oh, this is delightful! I'm going to copy this idea immediately, Marsha. It hit 99 this afternoon. I'm sad to say that summer is here. Time for a little pink lemonade. '-)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Marsha, I adore cupcakes and the opening photograph is fabulous. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

CiciBianca said...

Marsha - Would once again love to be able to pin one of these photos to one of my Pinterest boards but your site does not allow it. I am sure there are many who would adore the beautiful cupcake photos and enjoy the accompanying recipe.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the wonderful recipes, Marsha. Two birthdays and a wedding coming up in the family during the next two weeks, so I'll put them to good use!

You may be well aware of this caution, but just in case you're not: be very careful about sun exposure to a Golden or Labrador Retriever who has had most of his/her coat shaved off. Although their coats thin out naturally in the summer, those coats are still important protection for their skin in the summer sun. (In fact, our vet suggests that instead of shaving off, or shortening, our Retriever's coat, we help keep him cool by helping along the thinning process through brushing his coat frequently in the late Spring.) Since you live in Texas, you may want to ask your vet for a recommendation as to which sunscreen or sunblock would be best to use on your dog until his/her coat grows back.

I understand what you mean about a dog who loves to swim. It is the favorite activity of our Retriever, and our long-haired Dachshund, three seasons of the year!

Are the wildflowers still blooming in the hills around Austin? Best, Leslie in Portland, Oregon

La Petite Gallery said...

Marsha. So what time are you serving, let me get out of the yard clothes and I'll be right over.
Yummy. yvonne

The enchanted home said...

Yum! They are as pretty as I am sure they are heavenly delicious....yummy!

therelishedroost said...

My daughter loves to make cupcakes, this summer recipe is right up her alley!! Love it!
Thanks for sharing!