Pink Lemonade Cupcake Recipe




Pink Lemonade Cupcakes makes 22-24 regular size cupcakes

For the cake batter: 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2/3 cup oil (canola or vegetable), 1 3/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons vinegar, juice and zest from 1 lemon.

In a bowl mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt) and zest. In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients (water, oil, vanilla extract, vinegar and lemon juice). Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined and no lumps are left in the batter. Pour batter (this will be very wet batter) into lined baking cups, 2/3 full. Bake at 350 F for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. *Optional- add a few drops of red food coloring to the batter to make it pink!

For the frosting: 2-3 sticks of softened butter, 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar, juice from 1/2 lemon (OR 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract) and a few drops of red food coloring.

With an electric mixer, beat the softened butter until creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar, mixing and scrapping down the sides of the bowl as you go until you reach your desired sweetness. Add in juice (or extract) and food coloring and mix until frosting… well… looks like frosting. Pipe it onto cooled cupcakes and enjoy!


Thanks so much for sharing your amazing recipe, Emma! XO. elsie


  • Hey girls! Amazing blog you have here, I love it! I’ve tried a few recipes you’ve posted and they have all turned out amazing. But try as I might I cannot make this one work! I was wondering if you ever had any trouble using it and if so, what did you do to remedy the problem? I’m using veg. oil and filling the cups about half way. Did this twice and the batter just spills over and bubbles up everywhere. I really want to make these because I’m sure they are fabulous. Like everything here 😉

  • Me and my 10yr old daughter made these yesterday and they were delish!!! Thanx for the recipe we are forever grateful!!! Also this site is awesome thanx for being so unique!! 🙂 <3

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  • We found that the frosting was just a tad too butter-y…so I would suggest starting with one stick, or doubling the powdered sugar and the lemon, otherwise it’s a bit overwhelming. Other than that, it’s a great frosting!

  • Ugh, I tried making this recipe TWICE and it is a dud! Cupcakes are totally gross. Very pretty in the picture but I wouldn’t feed these to, well anything that is living… Don’t waste your time.

  • i made these for a friend’s birthday and they were fabulous! thanks so much x

  • Me and my gorgeous friend Amy <3 made these together last night!!! They are the most Divine cupcakes EVER <3 thankyou for sharing the recipe <3

  • So cute and the frosting looks perfect. This will be unique for debut parties or any girl birthday party.

  • I made these tonight and although they tasted fine…they were very dense, sticky and didn’t rise at all…are you sure there were no missing ingredients?

  • I tried them today ! Me, my sister and my dad LOVED them ! I made both cupcake and coating pink but because of the heat in the oven the cupcake somehow changed to it’s normal colour. Very weird. Still coating looks really lovely and the tast is DELICIOUS ! Looking foreward to more sweetness ! Tankyou ! ^^

  • I tried these cupcakes out and I thought they were so good! I also wright a blog and I posted about them. Here is my link if you felt like checking it out.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • I recently concocted my own version of this at the bakery I work at – we use strawberry cupcakes and lemon cream cheese frosting. SO GOOD!

    Have a lovely week!


  • They look so yummy!

    Hun …how much butter is a stick? sorry we don’t have butter in sticks here! haha

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  • I just made these tonight and they tasted AMAZING! Such a perfect blend of the sweetness cupcakes require with the succulent sourness (if that’s a word) of lemonade. And the pink coloring was such a cute touch! The rest not eaten tonight by my family are just sitting beautifully (and tantalizingly!)on the counter. I am sure they will be gone soon 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  • Ooo, those look and sound so yummy! I can see a batch being made by me in the near future.

  • Yum, yum yum! I must try these soon:)

  • I was going to make chocolate chip cupcakes until I saw these….They are DELISH!

  • These look amazing! Pink plus the awesomeness of lemon and cuteness of cupcakes. Definitely going to try this recipe out 🙂

  • I love cupcakes and I’m always on the hunt for new recipe, so I’m definitely adding this to favorites!

  • Oooo, I’ve been waiting for this one! I think I’m going to make these tonight!

  • these look so yummy. i can’t wait to try them out 🙂 thanks emma and elsie 🙂

  • oh wow that looks DELISH! I want! I’m going to have to try this recipe!

  • oh wow. and no butter in the batter. love. i will definitely try these this weekend for a BBQ we’re having with some friends. thank you for sharing! 🙂

  • these look great!

  • That sounds SO different! Your blog is so interesting, you are one very talented lady. Keep up the good work, it’s a pleasure to read.

  • yummy, would love to eat one now. instead i’m just drinking tea for breakfast.

  • this recipe was less than palatable. i wish these tasted better, but they are very bland. are you sure the recipe was written correctly?

  • *Jaw Drops*

    How did you just combine two of the best things in the world?

    You are my idol.

    I will make this soon….

  • I can’t wait to try this! They look too pretty to eat!

    xo, Strawberry Moth

  • Uh- mazing! I love it!

    This really isn’t helping the hunger pains I’m feeling right now…

  • I love cupcakes! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

  • yummmm….looks delicious!

  • These look amazing! I think I will have to give these a try tomorrow 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  • Oh gosh these look fantastic. I want to make them right. this. INSTANT!

  • Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!
    Now I’ve just got to find a good excuse to make them!

  • I just love the variety on your blog, but the one thing all your posts have in common is how cute everything is. I gave you a Best Blog Award, come by and read up on the details.

  • They look so yummy!! Bet they taste as good as they look. They look like pretty magical cakes with the little sparkles on top!


  • Oh, wow. I’m so making those! Thanks for sharing this recipe. How awesome!

  • Holy YUM!! I am making these this weekend. I’m on a cupcake baking kick.

    Talia Christine

  • Yum they look/sound great!! I’m on a cupcake buzz at the moment 🙂 lots of cupcakes on my blog! 🙂 margarita ones coming up 🙂


  • that looks so good- even the name is perfect.

    My monkeys would love to make these-

  • GIMME! i’ve been craving mango lemonade and now am craving these!

  • Yummmmm! keep ’em coming. It’s so cold here in Oregon we re totally in comfort baking mode!

    A Collection of Passions

  • These look super yummy, I should definitely try these seeing as I’m off work for a few weeks soon!


  • These look so good! Great…now I want a cupcake =D

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • Ooooh, those cupcakes look so delicious! I need to look into making cupcakes for my workmates for when I move stores. This is one I’ll think about!

    x Michelle |

  • No eggs?! Wow, that sounds interesting. Although I might change the icing a bit. I’m not so keen on a buttery taste.

  • yummm!! and soo pretty! will have to keep these in mind for my sister’s bridal shower!

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