Pink Lemonade Gluten-Free Girly Cupcakes

Getting ready for the summer, and feeling girly… Pink Lemonade Cupcakes!

They are made in a breeze, as I recommend you use a gluten-free cake mix, lemons and frozen or fresh cherries for the pink color. (I try to use fresh ingredients and no dyes if I can).

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Ingredients

For the cake:

1 gluten-free cake mix (Glutino, for example), plus all ingredients needed to prepare the cake as directed

Lemon zest of 1 lemon

Lemon juice of 1 lemon

For the frosting:

3 cups of powdered sugar

1/4 cups of butter, softened

1/4 cup of lemon juice

Lemon zest to taste

4 frozen cherries, defrosted and pureed to get the juices out

Yields around 12 cupcakes.

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Directions

Set the oven to bake to 325. In a medium-sized bowl prepare the cake mix as directed, and carefully add the lemon juice. Fold the lemon zest towards the end, with a spoon or rubber spatula.

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Line a pan with cupcake liners (make them pink! or yellow! have some fun here), and fill them up to 2/3 each with the mix.

The cupcakes will be done in 25 to 30 minutes. You know when… when you insert a clean fork and nothing comes out with it. Don’t overbake them or you will have a very dry cupcake! Ok, now you can remove them from the oven and place them on a cooling rack.

At this point you can break one and taste it. It’s allowed.

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The frosting is my favorite part. Soften the butter first by beating it at medium to high speed. Add a little bit of the lemon juice, a little bit of the sugar, and so forth. When you are about to be done, add 1 tablespoon of the cherry juice… beat again. You can add more cherry juice until you get the pink of your dreams… If it gets too soft, add a little bit more of powdered sugar.

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And now you are ready to frost your pink cupcakes. I cut very small slices of lemon as a garnish, and use mini straws to keep the motif a little bit more fun.

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Find the right taste of lemon for you… I like them super zesty, but I’ve tamed the lemon quantities in this recipe.

Recipe adapted to gluten-free from Your Home Based Mom. Thank you! 

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