Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

These cupcakes are delicious. Not only are they delicious, but they are probably the most adorable baked good I have ever created. I made these for my lovely friend Katie’s birthday this summer, and we both ended up eating so many of them that we made ourselves sick (in a good way). I can’t remember how I thought up the mini cupcakes in kid-sized cones idea, but I’m pretty proud of it. I suppose you could do it with regular cupcakes and larger cones too, but something about the tiny bite-sized cupcake makes me very happy. When I was walking with these to Katie’s birthday I had people coming up and trying to buy them or begging to just have one (which was kind of awkward), so lesson learned for next year–conceal the cupcakes before leaving the house! This recipe makes two pans of mini cupcakes, or you can double it to make two pans of larger cupcakes.

For the cupcakes

-3/4 cup cake flour

-½ cup sugar

-2 tbsp shortening

-zest of 2 lemons

-1 cup fresh raspberries

-¼ cup fresh lemon juice

-2 tbsp soy milk

-1/3 tsp salt

-1/3 tsp vanilla

-1 ¼ tsp baking powder

-1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Combine all ingredients on low speed, mixing for 30 seconds.

3. Scrape bowl and turn mixer up to high for about 3 minutes or until smooth.

4. Pour into greased mini muffin tins and bake for about 10 minutes or until done.

For the frosting

-1/3 c  stick butter, softened

-3 cups powdered sugar

-1 tbsp milk

-½ tsp vanilla

-zest of 1 lemon

-Red food coloring

1. Combine sugar in a bowl with butter and beat.

2. Add 1 drop food coloring along with milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

The cupcakes are a tad larger than the tiny cones, so to decorate them take a paring knife and shave the edges off the bottom part of the cake (leave the top intact). Pipe a dollop of frosting into the bottom of the cone, add the edge pieces from the cupcake, and pipe another dollop of frosting on top of that to hold the cupcakes in place. Place the cupcakes on top of the cones, pipe frosting on top, and add sprinkles.


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