Reblog from: www.thesaucyfig.com
Bright and super fun, this Pink Lemonade Cake is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday or any special occasion!
This tangy and sweet Pink Lemonade Cake is perfectly textured, delicious and triggers all of my childhood nostalgia! I can practically taste those hot summer days sitting outside at our make shift lemonade stand selling pink lemonade to our neighbors. Okay, maybe it was more like drinking the whole pitcher while we waited under the hot Las Vegas sun for someone to drive down our street. And at the end of the day, we probably made a buck fifty and thought we were rich. Ahh, those were the days.
For real though, this cake has that pink lemonade flavor spot on. Why? Because there is actual frozen pink lemonade concentrate in the cake batter and icing, along with fresh lemon zest and juice. Oh yeah, no messing around here folks! When I say lemonade cake, I mean LEMONADE cake.
The key to the texture of this light and fluffy Pink Lemonade Cake is using cake flour. Cake flour is extra finely ground and gives the cake it’s silky soft texture. This is because it’s lower in protein, which means the flour forms less gluten as you work with it, which in turn keeps baked goods light and airy.
You can find cake flour in most grocery stores in the baking aisle, however if you can’t find it – don’t fret! You can easily make your own cake flour from scratch with just two ingredients: cornstarch and all-purpose flour.
Here’s how you do it! For every 1 cup of flour called for in the recipe, remove 2 Tablespoons of your all-purpose flour, and replace with 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to make your 1 cup of “cake flour”. Sift this mixture a few times to make sure it’s well combined, and that’s it – you just made ready-to-use cake flour!
I made this cake for a church event that was “birthday party” themed, so of course I had to go all out with bright colors!
For the icing, I did a sort of watercolor effect (yes it was my first time and it was far from perfect) by applying different colors of buttercream around the sides of the cake and then blending them together with a cake smoothing tool. I used this tutorial here from Preppy Kitchen that includes a video that was really helpful cause let’s face it, I’m still in the beginning stages of learning to decorate cakes!
And the star of the show is most definitely this Bewitched Sprinkle Mix by Sprinkle Pop! It’s a lovely blend of vibrant spring colors. The pinks and yellows went perfectly with the Pink Lemonade theme, and the silver dragees added just the right amount of bling for a birthday cake! Aren’t they pretty?
Really you can’t go wrong tossing some of these gorgeous sprinkles on any cake, amiright?
Okay, now please go make this Pink Lemonade Cake, I promise you won’t regret it!
Bright and super fun, this Pink Lemonade Cake is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion or holiday!
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: three 8 inch cakes
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