Lemonade Cupcakes*


I have wonderful news for all the women of the world….Men have self esteem/weight/body image issues too! Hallelujah! I have spent most of my life wondering how my butt looks or if someone is staring at how my thighs rub together when I walk. And after being together for over 3 years now, I finally witnessed my husband showing some body image issues! Let me back track and first tell you that my husband will stand around in his boxers and do silly dances and poke fun at his “beer” belly. He has also always made fun of me when I say “Do I look fat in this”? But today, today I finally saw that he is not as proud of that belly as previously thought. No today we were shopping for some new work shirts for him. And I told him he was a size 2 (I am not disclosing the real size numbers, because he better do the same for me if need be one day). He informed me that there was no way he was a size 2, he is a size 1 thank you very much and that I was crazy. He was even a little bit of a jerk about it. So I informed him that he had to try all the shirts on before we would leave. We head to the dressing room where he plans to prove me wrong and he comes out in the first shirt. It was pretty snug, but not in the stuffed sausage kind of way. But one go through the wash and I new it would be too tight (like all the other shirts he has bought himself in that size). So I mention the dryer effect on clothing…and he says, well go get me a size 2 and I will show you how big it is on me. So I grab one, he tries it on and it fits perfectly. He turned to me and said “I hate you, for ALWAYS being right. And I hate myself for being a fatty.”

To be perfectly honest I am not sure which is better. One, knowing that I am not the only one in the house with body issues. Or two, that he has finally admitted that I am, in fact, ALWAYS right! Either way, it was a good bonding day for the two of us…and it really helps to know that I am not the only one who stands in the mirror wondering who this person is and why she looks like she ate the old me. Now with all that said about body images, check out what I am showing you! Cupcakes (how not so ironic)! No they are totally not Ass Friendly (but you will be proud to know I only ate one….and licked the beaters just a little tiny bit).  But a week or so ago I had a couple people over for dinner and they are big dessert people. The awesome part about cupcakes is I can half (or even quarter) the recipe down and have just enough cupcakes to not have any hanging around to taunt me. This particular recipe was absolutely delicious. I am an avid lemon fan (whether it be savory or sweet)….so these were perfect!




Lemonade Cupcakes

Yield: 12 Cupcakes


Lemonade Cake:
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Pinch salt
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 egg whites
1/3 c. thawed frozen Lemonade Concentrate
1/4 c. buttermilk
yellow food coloring

Lemonade Buttercream:
3 c. + 3 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. lemonade concentrate
yellow food coloring


Lemonade Cake:
Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin pan with liners. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg whites and lemonade concentrate. Alternately whisk in flour mixture and buttermilk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of buttermilk, beating until just smooth.
Add just enough food coloring to turn the batter a light shade of yellow.
Scoop batter into liners (fill about three-fourths full). Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting (see below).

Lemonade Buttercream:

Add the butter, confectioner’s sugar, salt, lemon juice, and a few drops of food coloring to the stand mixer and mix on low using the paddle attachment until combined.
Turn the speed to med-high until the buttercream is fluffy and uniformly yellow. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.

Adapted From: DaisyCakes




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29 Responses to “Lemonade Cupcakes”

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    Nessie — July 4, 2010 @ 4:20 am

    Hi Jessica,
    As usual, I have had fun reading your post, especially about your shopping trip. Isn’t it nice to be told that youa re ALWAYS right? *lol*
    Your cupcakes look so yummy. I love lemon as well. especially in the summer. Unfortunately, I can’t get any frozen juice concentrates here. Do you know what i could use to make it equaally “lemony”? I don’t think, lemon juice would be “lemony” enough? 😉

    Best wishes from far away,

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    Nessie — July 4, 2010 @ 4:50 am

    Perhaps you would like to have a look at my blog as well, I try to post recipes somedays as well.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — July 4, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    At first I was going to tell you those are such lovely cupcake stands. Then I realized they are martini glasses upside down! YOU ARE A FREAKING GENIUS!!!!

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    Amy S — July 5, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Wow!! These look great and cute presentation too! :) On a clothes note, nothing is worst than going to the store and realizing you have to go a size up! :/

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    Jen_from_NJ — July 5, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    These cupcakes are so cute! I love lemon also.

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    Sharlene — July 5, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    These look super yummy especially on a hot hot day like today in New York City! I just noticed the previous comment above about how you used martini glasses as your stand. What a creative idea. Your shopping trip sounds like a typical husband-wife moment :)

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    ashley — July 5, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    love the photos and they look delicious!

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    Nadia — July 5, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    It’s good to know us girls aren’t the only insecure ones! And yes, we are always right. :)

    Love your blog it’s so bright and cheerful, adore the style and adore the cupcakes too! I will be returning. :)

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    Faith — July 5, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

    Great story, I had to laugh! My hubby’s gained about 10 lb in the past 4 years and the other day he called himself a “chubby bastard”. Another winning moment, lol!

    The cupcakes are gorgeous!

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    sweetlife — July 5, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    love the cupcakes, my hubby just went through the same thing..he has a belly, oh my…


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    Cookie Sleuth — July 5, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

    What a cute idea! Good for you for only eating one. I don’t want to tell you how many cookies I’ve eaten this weekend…

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 6, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    These are SO adorable! I’ve never tried cupcakes with flavors like this, but I’ve been seeing them all over the blog community lately. No time like the present to try one… or try and make one! Lovely job.

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    bianca — July 6, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    Its wonderful to know that men share the same issues too; and lucky you, your man has admitted, out loud, that you are always right! Well done sister!

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    Sole Matters — July 7, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    for some reason your blog hasnt updated in my blogger for 2 months!! :(

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    SugarCooking — July 8, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    These looks great! I love anything with lemon so I’m always looking for new lemon recipes. And I love the way you displayed the cupcakes on upside down wine glasses!

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    Lisa — July 8, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    I love love LOVE how you propped the cupcakes up on wine glasses! Adorable! These look wonderful and oh so refreshing for summer. =)

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — July 8, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    These cupcakes look so yummy! And yeah, the other day my husband was looking at pictures and said “wow, do I really look that fat?” and I burst out laughting because A) I didn’t even know he thought about that sort of thing and B) he is not at all fat.

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    Diane — July 8, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    I made this according to the recipe and it came out AMAZING! Very moist and quite yummy! The only change I made was that I added 1.5-2 cups of strawberries and they came out GREAT!! They didn’t last very long in my house!

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    Josie — July 9, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

    I love these pictures – especially the presentation! so super cute!!

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    jane — July 10, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    These are very moist and my family loved them. I did use a mixture of applesauce and canola oil in place of the shortening.

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    Celine — July 11, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    After seeing your gorgeous shot of foodgawker – had to try these! Made them in pink – http://redsie05.blogspot.com/2010/07/like-pink.html – Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Kelly — July 12, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    Love the use of the wine glasses in this photo. How fun for the photo arranging. They sound delish as well.

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    Jamie — July 13, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    Thank you for posting this…I’ve been looking all over for a lemonade cupcake recipe. I’m going to try this ASAP, looks SO yummy!

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    asimplekitchen — July 13, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    These sound delicious! I love anything lemon. And I usually get them all to myself because my family only likes chocolate.

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    jillian — July 16, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    I’d really love to make some pink lemonade cupcakes but I don’t have the white cake mix, only golden butter! I’d make it from scratch but we don’t have enough sugar. Will it taste the same with the golden butter mix?

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    Brittany — August 13, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    I just love Lemonade Cupcakes. It is so delicious dish. Yummy!

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    Jessica — August 23, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    These look amazing! I love the presentation!

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    Bridget — August 29, 2012 @ 12:40 am

    We made these tonight. They tasted awful and had a horrible texture. I’ve never had a worse cupcake. Anyone else actually try these?

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