Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes make the perfect Valentine treat! They are a little sweet and a little tart with perfect balance. These are also great for a summer time treat or picnic.
There is a secret trick, I learned from a good friend, to keep cupcakes moist. Make a glaze out of any juice, powdered sugar, water and a little oil. Then brush it on top of the cupcake once it is cooled. This will help seal in the moisture and keep your cupcakes soft for a few days. It will even allow you to wait a day to ice your cupcakes so you can get a head start on your baking.
Making homemade buttercream icing is really easy to make and makes your cupcakes taste homemade. For these strawberry lemonade cupcakes, I take a Ziplock bag, fill it with the icing and snip the corner off. I also double my cupcake wrappers in the baking pan so they look prettier on a platter. If you are serving these for Valentines print out these cupcake toppers and glue them to a toothpick to make them even more fun.
If you love cupcake recipes you might also want to try my Lemon Cupcakes with a Caramel Drizzle or these Banana Cupcakes with Strawberry Mascarpone Frosting.
- Duncan Hines Strawberry Cake Mix
- Box of Instant Vanilla Pudding
- 5 =6 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Warm Water
- 2 Tbsp. Oil
- ? cup pink lemonade you can use regular lemonade if you want as well
- 2 8 oz packages of Cream Cheese Softened
- 1 Stick 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter Softened
- 1 tsp. Lemon Extract
- A dash of red food coloring
Follow the instructions on the cake box and add 1 box of instant vanilla pudding into the mix.
Scoop into cupcake wrappers in your muffin pan, use an ice cream scoop. It will assure consistent size.
Once the cupcakes are cooled, mix together 2 C. of the powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. of warm water, 2 tbsp. of oil and ? C. of pink lemonade to make your glaze.
Take a pastry or silicone brush and paint the glaze over the cupcakes. Make sure to cover the entire surface of the cupcake
Cream together the cream cheese, butter. lemon extract and 3-4 cups of powdered sugar.
Add a dash of red food coloring and adjust until you get the color you like.