Pipe Dream #132: – Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

These were an inspired idea. The execution was not as inspired as the thought itself, but isn’t that just how things go sometimes? Yes. Even the ISFJ’s among us can wreck a perfectly good plan now and again.

The original recipe that caught my attention was this one, a lemonade layer cake that added lemonade mix to the dry ingredients. Genius, right? Especially during summer, when my body craves lemonade daily (and also cake, but that is a different tale). Given my extreme fear of producing a cake that is dry and (heaven forbid) angel food cake-like, I decided to take this strawberry cupcake recipe that you’ve seen before and just add a packet of lemonade mix to it.

Great, except it didn’t taste that great, and wonder of wonders, my buttercream split in the 95 degree heat. I had to add loads of powdered sugar to make it even set up a little. I won’t even tell you about the time I spent pressing hot washcloths to the side of the bowl in a lazy efficient attempt to de-frag it.

Sorry this recipe was a bit of a fail. Next time, I’m just going to add fresh lemon zest and call it a day. In other news, aren’t the cupcake liners cute? They were a gift from a friend, which makes them all the specialer.
Less hot,


Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Follow this recipe, but add one packet of Crystal Light Lemonade mix. The big one, that makes 4 quarts. It really wasn’t an awful cupcake, so if it sounds good, try it, but I was nonplussed. Don’t overbeat the frosting, for real.

4 Responses to “Pipe Dream #132: – Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes”

  1. 1 Willamette Food Adventures August 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    They look wonderful. That has to help the taste.

  2. 2 Chelsea Adele August 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Those look so lovely!
    Super cheery. They would be perfect for any sort of picnic or afternoon tea for my gal-friends

  3. 3 bakearama August 28, 2012 at 7:14 am

    They look so cute… I hate it when the nicest things don’t work out!

  4. 4 Lauren August 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Oh hi! Heaven knows I would love to be there for any picnic you put on!

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