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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes


Rachael’s easy Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

For my coworkers’ birthdays, I tell them to choose any flavor and I’ll bake it. Per Lauren’s request, I made Pink Lemonade cupcakes with swirled pink lemonade and lemon buttercream frosting. A tart and sweet summery treat.

After a long meeting at work, I found this brightly colored graph taped to my work computer. Lauren, a statistically inclined coworker, enjoyed her Pink Lemonade birthday cupcakes and wanted to creatively express her gratitude — “Results are in… Testing for cupcake and cupcake by time trend effects — Statistically Significant! In other words, your cupcakes really make all the difference in Birthday Satisfaction! And it only gets better with time!”

I bake to please.

Also, we are huge scary nerds.

Estimation of Rachael Cupcake Effect Size

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep time: 25 minutes
Bake time: 16 – 18 minutes


For cupcakes:
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® natural vanilla cake mix
¾ cup frozen (thawed) pink lemonade concentrate
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup water (instead, I added a ½ cup pureed strawberries)
3 eggs
Pink food color, if desired

For pink lemonade buttercream frosting
1 stick butter, softened
2-3 Tbsp frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
2-3 cups powdered sugar

For lemon buttercream frosting
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
1-2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
2-3 cups powdered sugar

For decorating (optional):
sour strawberry straws

– Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
– Make cake batter as directed on box, using cake mix, ¾ cup lemonade concentrate, ½ cup oil, ½ cup pureed strawberries, eggs and food color. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
– Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
– Cool in pans for less than 5 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.
– Make one or both frostings by beating together ingredients with mixer. I made both and created a swirled frosting.

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