Hi folks, hope you all had a good weekend! I'm so glad that my blog is getting more and more views as it goes on and I've passed way over 500 views so far in the short time I've been writing it, but before today's recipe I have a favour, please suggest my blog to people, because who doesn't like cakes!
Any way this weekend I had to bake some cupcakes (as usual!) I originally was going to bake vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with pink icing however I really wanted to do something different and a bit more fun so I decided to make the cakes themselves pink and go for a pink lemonade flavour cupcake with a lemonade butter cream.
There were loads of recipes online for Pink Lemonade cakes that all used a frozen pink lemonade concentrate that doesn't seem to be on sale in the UK so I sort of made this one up as I went along and they worked out really well considering. They also went well with the Chocolate cupcakes I made with them as the Lemonade ones were really refreshing. I got the pale pink colour with some red food colouring but you could just leave them plain.
Here they are:
And here's how I made them:
120g Plain Flour
140g Caster Sugar
1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
40g Unsalted Butter
60ml Lemonade (Use pink lemonade if you can get it but normal will do fine)
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
Zest of 1 small lemon
Juice of 1 small lemon
Red food colouring.
Preheat the oven to 170 deg C
Mix together in a bowl the Flour, Caster sugar and Baking Powder, then rub in the butter or mix with an electric hand whisk until you have a sandy consistency.
Then mix in the lemon zest. In a jug whisk together the milk, vanilla and egg and add to the mix and stir until combined.
Then add the lemon juice and lemonade then beat the mix until smooth then add the food colouring a couple of drops at a time whilst stirring until you get the pink colour you want, I went for a very pale pink so I didn't over do it with food colour.
spoon the mix into paper cases 2/3 full and bake in the oven for 20 - 25 Minutes or until when a skewer inserted into a cake comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake these as you will loose the pink colour on top if the cake browns.
For the Icing
250g Icing Sugar
80g Unsalted Butter
Zest of 1 small lemon
Beat all the ingredients together until smooth and firm, do not over mix. Pipe over cupcakes.
And that's it! Here they are along with the Chocolate cupcakes I made which were pretty much the same as last weeks.