Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

If summer were a cupcake, it would be a Pink Lemonade Cupcake! Made from scratch with fresh lemon flavor and a smooth frosting, these cupcakes make summer fun last all year long.

Pink lemonade is the best lemonade. I don’t make the rules! After you try this cupcake recipe, you’ll want to taste these Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes next! You’ll also want to give our pink lemonade fudge recipe a try.

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes: fun, from scratch, cupcakes topped with a creamy Pink Lemonade frosting!

Why this Recipe Works

How do you turn a refreshing summer beverage into a handheld dessert? This pink lemonade cupcake recipe makes it easy.

I used my favorite, from scratch, white cupcake recipe and added in thawed lemonade concentrate. A drop of pink food coloring. This Americolor gel paste coloring gave the cupcakes the perfect light pink hue.

As delicious as these pink lemonade cupcakes taste, it’s the presentation that catches everyone’s eye. Little lemon slices, sprinkles and–of course–striped paper straws make these lemonade cupcakes party ready!

Ingredient Notes

  • Frozen pink lemonade concentrate. Regular lemonade concentrate can be used too. Thaw the concentrate before adding to the batter.
  • Lemon zest. Use a zesting tool or grater to remove the outermost yellow layer of a lemon’s peel. Be careful not to get any of the bitter white rind in your zest! Use our guide on how to zest a lemon.
  • Cake flour. This flour contains less protein than all purpose and makes the cupcakes extra light and airy.

Easy Instructions

Make the cupcakes.

Mix together the egg whites, lemon zest and milk. In a separate mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth.

Add the cake flour to the butter mixture along with baking powder and salt. Now, beat in the egg white mixture.

Slowly add the thawed pink lemonade. Beat until smooth.

Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool.

Make the frosting.

Beat butter with electric beaters until smooth and pale. Add powdered sugar and pink lemonade. Beat until fluffy. Add food coloring now, if desired.

Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

Garnish! Immediately add colorful sprinkles to the frosted cupcakes. Top the cupcakes with a thin lemon slice.

Cut paper straws into thirds and stick them in the tops of cupcakes at a slight angle. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t waste your egg yolks! After separating the egg whites, set the yolks aside to make our Lemon Curd Recipe.
  • The food coloring is optional but does make the cupcake frosting look extra pretty.
  • We used a frosting bag with an open tip to decorate our pink lemonade cupcakes. Swirl the frosting as you pipe to make a pretty finish.
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes: fun, from scratch, cupcakes topped with a creamy Pink Lemonade frosting!

Recipe FAQs

Can I use bottled lemonade or homemade lemonade instead of concentrate?

You can, but the lemonade flavor will be much less intense.

What can I use instead of food coloring to make the frosting pink?

I haven’t found an alternative to food coloring for dying this frosting. If you prefer not to use it, go ahead and just leave it out. The cupcakes will taste just as delicious!

Will all purpose flour work in this recipe?

All purpose flour will work but the cupcakes won’t taste as delicious. If you don’t have cake flour, make your own substitute with all purpose flour and cornstarch.
Measure out 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour. Remove 6 tablespoons of the measured flour and replace it with 6 tablespoons of cornstarch. Add to recipe as directed.

How do I store these cupcakes?

Store pink lemonade cupcakes at room temperature in an airtight container. They’re best enjoyed within 3 days.

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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe

4.75 from 4 votes
By: Aimee
 If summer were a cupcake, it would be a Pink Lemonade Cupcake! Made from scratch with fresh lemon flavor and a smooth frosting, these cupcakes make summer fun last all year old. Don't forget the snazzy garnishes!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:

  • 5 large Egg Whites
  • ½ cup Skim Milk
  • 1 Lemon zested
  • ¾ cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1 ¾ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 ½ cups Cake Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼ cup Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate thawed

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate thawed

For Garnish:

  • Sprinkles
  • 24 Lemon Wedges


For the Cupcakes:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk and lemon zest. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Beat for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
  • Add in the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Beat until combined.
  • Add the egg mixture and beat on high for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly add the pink lemonade. Beat another 2 minutes until fluffy.
  • Drop the batter into cupcake tins with liners (about 2/3 full). Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove and cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

  • Beat butter for 4 minutes with whisk attachment on an electric mixer. You want the butter to be smooth and pale in color.
  • Add powdered sugar and pink lemonade. Beat an additional 3-5 minutes, until smooth and fluffy (scrape down sides of bowl as needed).
  • Add food coloring if desired.
  • Pipe onto cupcakes (I used an open tip) and add sprinkles immediately.


  • When ready to serve, insert small lemon wedges and a small piece of paper straw if desired.
  • Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1cupcake, Calories: 341kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 123mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 37g
Course: Cupcake
Cuisine: American
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Grab your swimsuit and celebrate summer with these easy Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! With a rosy pink frosting and bright citrus flavor, these cupcakes are ready to party by the pool!

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Posted on September 7, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. Ok so I am all for Fall baking and have been waiting for it for ages but AIMEE THESE CUPCAKES ARE SO PINK AND FLUFFY I WANT TO DIE! Death by adorable cupcakes.

  2. These look so cute and preppy! I’m a former baker by trade who is still obsessed with props and I LOVE your use here!

  3. How cute are these cupcakes?!?!
    Great recipe!! I love the idea of a tangy cupcake, paired with fluffy frosting –YUM!

  4. I’m the SAME way with lemonade stands! What a horrible idea! 🙂 Love these cupcakes, though. So adorable AND delicious.

  5. You are so not alone in your mom paranoia. I’m right there with you. I don’t even like my kids walking around our block alone, so why would I let them invite strangers to buy lemonade. And oh, my Halloween, don’t even get me started! LOL! Just hand me a few of these fun summery cupcakes to stop my mom rant! These are gorgeous looking!

  6. I don’t see anything wrong with your mom tactics. I’m going to be the same way! Plus, you make cupcakes, which makes you the best mom ever 🙂

  7. These are adorable! Everything about them is perfect – are they considered an acceptable breakfast food? 🙂

  8. Summer isn’t over! Well, not in my world of denial. And your cupcakes are really helping that denial along. These are gorgeous!
    Lemonade stands make everybody cringe. You are not alone!

  9. Omg a lemonade stand…I’d be afraid to god to let my daughter do that! Very urban metro downtown San Diego. Way too many weirdos walking around! And I’d cringe at the same time (oy the work for the mom! you’re not alone!) Your cupcakes are a great break from all the pumpkin everywhere 🙂 Pinned

  10. I always see the stands on the (busy) corners with NO parents and I’m all what are they thinking??? I won’t even let Jordan in the front yard alone, and we live on a cul-de-sac. I love these cupcakes!

  11. What beautiful cupcakes! My grandma used to make frozen lemonade cookies and the flavors in your cupcake remind me of them:)

  12. Garnishes, always!

    These cupcakes look so delish.
    So going to test out these + your favorite white cake recipe soon!

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