Pink Lemonade Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Maraschino Cherry Frosting

My daughter turned 12 back in August. She really wanted pink lemonade cupcakes for her party, but I had trouble finding a recipe online that had consistently good reviews, and I’m not a boxed mix kinda gal. Given that she sprung her request on me about two days before her birthday, I made vanilla cupcakes instead, tabling these ones for another day.Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Maraschino Cherry Frosting. The fluffiest cupcakes I've ever had! Find the recipe at www.janus-lane.com

I started trying to make the perfect pink lemonade cupcake last month. I was a woman on a mission. I tried several different recipes until I hit on one that I really liked, then I made it a couple more times, just to be sure. Totally unrelated to my love of cupcakes. I swear!  (By the way, December 15th is National Cupcake/ Lemon Cupcake Day. Guess I’m ahead of the game here.)

All of the pink lemonade cupcake recipes I had found called for frozen pink lemonade concentrate, and I wasn’t going to go that route. This was going to be the real deal. I knew it was a gamble – too much lemon juice, and they’d be too sour; too little, and it’s just a slightly less sweet vanilla cupcake. I based this recipe on gut instinct, luck, and an adaptation of this recipe from Life, Love & Sugar.

These are SO light and fluffy, even days after they are made. The first couple of recipes I tried resulted in cupcakes that were thick, heavy, and dense. They tasted good, but the texture I was going for just wasn’t there. These needed to softly envelop your mouth with flavor.

Pink lemonade cupcakes with maraschino cherry frosting from www.janus-lane.comThe lemon flavor is subtle. The frosting is light and creamy, and the maraschino cherries really jazz these up. I’m a really bad cupcake decorator, by the way. I even tried to make the frosting all pretty using my grandma’s cake decorating stuff, but it’s hard to pipe out frosting that has chunks of cherry in it.

Pink lemonade cupcakes with maraschino cherry frosting from www.janus-lane.comFood safety info: Desserts with cream cheese frosting will be okay if left out on the counter overnight, but they should be refrigerated after that, or if the temperature in your house is warm. If you’re concerned about cold cupcakes, just remove them from the fridge 20-30 minutes before eating. Cake/cupcakes thaw quickly, and even freeze well!

Follow Janus Lane’s board Cakes & Other Sweets on Pinterest.My daughter turned 12 back in August. She really wanted pink lemonade cupcakes for her party, but I had trouble finding a recipe online that had consistently good reviews, and I’m not a boxed mix kinda gal. Given that she sprung her request on me about two days before her birthday, I made vanilla cupcakes instead, tabling these ones for another day.Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Maraschino Cherry Frosting. The fluffiest cupcakes I've ever had! Find the recipe at www.janus-lane.com

I started trying to make the perfect pink lemonade cupcake last month. I was a woman on a mission. I tried several different recipes until I hit on one that I really liked, then I made it a couple more times, just to be sure. Totally unrelated to my love of cupcakes. I swear!  (By the way, December 15th is National Cupcake/ Lemon Cupcake Day. Guess I’m ahead of the game here.)

All of the pink lemonade cupcake recipes I had found called for frozen pink lemonade concentrate, and I wasn’t going to go that route. This was going to be the real deal. I knew it was a gamble – too much lemon juice, and they’d be too sour; too little, and it’s just a slightly less sweet vanilla cupcake. I based this recipe on gut instinct, luck, and an adaptation of this recipe from Life, Love & Sugar.

These are SO light and fluffy, even days after they are made. The first couple of recipes I tried resulted in cupcakes that were thick, heavy, and dense. They tasted good, but the texture I was going for just wasn’t there. These needed to softly envelop your mouth with flavor.

Pink lemonade cupcakes with maraschino cherry frosting from www.janus-lane.comThe lemon flavor is subtle. The frosting is light and creamy, and the maraschino cherries really jazz these up. I’m a really bad cupcake decorator, by the way. I even tried to make the frosting all pretty using my grandma’s cake decorating stuff, but it’s hard to pipe out frosting that has chunks of cherry in it.

Pink lemonade cupcakes with maraschino cherry frosting from www.janus-lane.comFood safety info: Desserts with cream cheese frosting will be okay if left out on the counter overnight, but they should be refrigerated after that, or if the temperature in your house is warm. If you’re concerned about cold cupcakes, just remove them from the fridge 20-30 minutes before eating. Cake/cupcakes thaw quickly, and even freeze well!

Follow Janus Lane’s board Cakes & Other Sweets on Pinterest.

Pink lemonade cupcakes with maraschino cherry frosting from www.janus-lane.com
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Maraschino Cherry Frosting
The original recipe says it makes 12-14 cupcakes, but I made 18 cupcakes from this.
Servings
18 cupcakes
Servings
18 cupcakes
Pink lemonade cupcakes with maraschino cherry frosting from www.janus-lane.com
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Maraschino Cherry Frosting
The original recipe says it makes 12-14 cupcakes, but I made 18 cupcakes from this.
Servings
18 cupcakes
Servings
18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
Maraschino Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate large bowl or a stand mixer, on medium speed, mix together the milk, sour cream, butter, egg whites, and vanilla extract. Frequently scrape sides and bottom if using a stand mixer.
  4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and low/medium speed - about 3-5 minutes. Do not over mix, and remember to scrape the sides/bottom.
  5. Add the lemon juice and maraschino cherry liquid and mix for about 1 minute, or until batter is slightly pink throughout.
  6. Fill cupcakes almost 3/4 full. There should be about 1/2" of room left at the top.
  7. Bake 18-20 minutes (it took a full 20 minutes for me).
Maraschino Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Drain the liquid from the maraschino cherries (be sure to set some liquid aside for the cake mix if you are doing this step before making the cake).
  2. Using a food processor, chop up half of the maraschino cherries - about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Using a stand or electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula during the mixing process to ensure it is well-mixed. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  4. Fold in the cherries on low speed.
  5. Still on low speed, add in the confectioner's sugar, 1/4 cup at a time. Do a taste test after each sugar addition and add another 1/8-1/4 cup if needed, and until sweet enough for your liking.
  6. Ice the cupcakes once cooled, and top with a cherry (optional).
Recipe Notes

It is SUPER important that your milk, sour cream, and butter be room temperature, or even heated for 10-30 seconds in the microwave. It will NOT mix up if you don't do this!

I don't like a lot of frosting on my cupcakes. If you do, simply double the frosting recipe.

Food safety info: Desserts with cream cheese frosting will be okay if left out on the counter overnight, but they should be refrigerated after that, or if the temperature in your house is warm. If you're concerned about cold cupcakes, just remove them from the fridge 20-30 minutes before eating. Cake/cupcakes thaw quickly, and even freeze well!

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  • https://www.liverandomlysimple.com jessbures

    These are so cute. I keep thinking they look retro, like I would walk into my grams kitchen in the 60s and these would be on the counter fresh out of the oven lol. Thanks for linking up with me last week! Pinned :)
    Jess

    • StephanieV

      Well I could put on a silver wig and hunch over a little? lol

  • https://simplemamaathome.blogspot.com Bismah

    These look so delicious! Your creativity and display looks very nice.
    Stopping over from Stumble into the Weekend.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • StephanieV

      Thank you!

  • https://www.sarahslittlekitchen.wordpress.com Sarah @ Sarah’s Kitchen

    They looks so cute and yummy!

  • https://www.sadieseasongoods.com Sarah R.

    I am LOVING these dangerously hard right now- what an awesome idea!! And I’m pretty sure you don’t need to be a 12-year-old to enjoy them all the same. :) Thanks so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

    • StephanieV

      Oh, these are definitely dangerous lol. Thanks for stopping by Sarah!

  • https://www.theculinarymama.com Alyce @theculinarymama

    These are so pretty and sound delicious!

    • StephanieV

      Thanks Alyce!

  • https://www.clairejustineoxox.com/ Claire

    Whoo these looks so yummy, lovely idea :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

  • https://www.oursecondhandhouse.com Bonnie

    These cupcakes looks delicious. I’ve never had these before but they sound like something I would love!
    ~Bonnie

  • https://condelight.blogspot.com Michal

    They look really pretty, love the pink.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Found you at teach me Tuesday.

    • StephanieV

      Thanks :)

  • https://www.momssmallvictories.com Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories

    These look so delicious and perfect for national lemon cupcake day. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup as always. Pinned to our linkup board!

    • StephanieV

      I think every month should have a national lemon cupcake day, but I’m probably biased 😉

  • https://b-is.4blogspot.com Bernadyn

    These look so good! I’ve never tried making these but looks like my kind of dessert, pinning!

    • StephanieV

      Oh, they are worth it. So worth it.

  • https://www.pluckys-secondthought.com Jess

    These look so cute and so delicious!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

    • StephanieV

      Thanks Jess! Hope your Thanksgiving is great!

  • https://www.minimonetsandmommies.com/ Erica Loop

    Yum!!! I’ve been looking for a new cupcake recipe and this looks so good.

    • StephanieV

      Glad I could help you out with something new Erica!

  • https://www.beingtheimperfectmom.com Brandi Clevinger

    These look so deliciously amazing! I hope my presentation is as superb as yours!

    I pinned these at https://www.Pinterest.com/imperfectmom2/desserts

    and

    scheduled to share at https://www.Facebook.com/beingtheimperfectmom

    • https://www.beingtheimperfectmom.com Brandi Clevinger

      #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup

    • StephanieV

      Awesome Brandi, thanks!

  • https://twitter.com/mommifried MommiFried (@mommifried)

    I’ve never had pink lemonade cupcakes! But will definitely try them! On another note, I just opened for submissions for a new anthology I’m publishing. I’m looking for recipes with stories behind them if you’re interested. :) Here are the details: https://bit.ly/1BY36tL

    • StephanieV

      Cool! I’ll go check that out. Most of my recipes have stories behind them – that’s how I get my ideas!

  • https://giraffescanbake.wordpress.com Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake

    These look really yummy, I’ve never had a pink lemonade cupcake before but I think I need to change that!

    • StephanieV

      Thanks Michelle! Honestly, I hadn’t had a pink lemonade cupcake either until I made them. My daughter and mother had – from a boxed mix. But as I said, no boxed mixes in this house (usually, I make a few exceptions). I was surprised at how good they are.