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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Recipe by Kansas City Mama

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Serving Size: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcake Recipe

  • 1 Box Cake Mix
  • I Can Frozen (Thawed) Lemonade (this replaces the water in the recipe)
  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • Three Eggs
  • One package of Sour Twizzlers

Frosting Recipe

  • 1 Cup Crisco
  • 2 Tablespoons of Water (more for later for thinning)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
  • Red and Yellow Food Color

Directions: 

Cupcake Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two 12 cupcake tins with liners. (I alternate mine with yellow and pink liners since this is a strawberry lemonade cupcake.)
  3. In a medium bowl, add the strawberry cake mix.
  4. With a strainer, replace the water from the cake mix recipe with one cup of lemonade, making sure to strain out the pulp. Add lemonade to the strawberry mix. Discard pulp. Add oil and eggs to the mixture.
  5. With a hand held mixer, mix the ingredients on low until well combined. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes. (These are also the directions on the box.)
  6. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full. Do not overfill.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes. Use a tester to make sure the cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. 

Frosting Directions

  1. Add the Crisco, water, and vanilla to a standup mixer. Mix until creamy.
  2. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, increasing the speed to combine. (Make sure to start out on low so you don't have powdered sugar all over you and the kitchen.)
  3. The mixture will be very stiff. Add an additional tablespoon of water at a time to thin out the consistency. (I add two at the most.)
  4. Add one half of the frosting to a small bowl, the other half to another bowl.
  5. Add several drops of yellow to one and stir. Do the same with the red to make a pale pink. 

Decorating Cupcakes

  1. Add one scoop of yellow and one scoop of pink to a piping bag to create the yellow and pink swirl.
  2. Using a large swirl tip, create a swirl of frosting on each cupcake. Continue this process until all cupcakes have been frosted.
  3. Cut several yellow and red sour Twizzlers into small portions and top each cupcake with one to create a "straw" for sipping your strawberry lemonade!
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