Pink Lemonade Cake

It seems like this is the new thing, in case you didn’t know. I, for one, did not know until just a few days ago. I had never heard of a pink lemonade cake, but one quick search on the internet showed a lot of results. Paula Deen has one; BH&G has one; there are several cupcake recipes available; and bloggers all over are adding them to their monthly meal plans. So I wondered just what the heck is all this hullabaloo about?

Pink Lemonade Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup pink lemonade powdered drink mix, such as CountryTime
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 4 cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 3 nine-inch round cake pans with baking spray with flour.  In a large bowl beat butter, sugar and lemonade drink mix at medium speed with a mixer until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon extract.  In a medium bowl combine cake flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Spoon batter into prepared pans, dividing evenly among all three pans. Bake cakes for 24-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool on counter or on wire racks.  Frost with Lemonade Butter Cream Frosting or Lemon Frosting. Here is a link for a lemonade cupcake and lemonade frosting recipe.

Overall, this cake is dense yet moist, and very flavorful. It really does taste like pink lemonade in a way. I can see how this has become such a huge fad in the foodie and cake worlds. If you have not ever tried a pink lemonade cake, do so, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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