I found a site that suggested using pink lemonade drink mix as the flavoring for these cupcakes. They added it to their homemade cake recipe, but I just added it to my store bought mix. Perfect.
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
1 box white cake mix
Water, oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
¼ cup + 2 tbsp powdered pink lemonade drink mix, divided
Red food coloring
1 can white frosting
Preheat oven to temperature indicated on cake mix box. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
Prepare cake mix according to box directions. Add ¼ cup pink lemonade drink mix and stir well. Depending on the brand of drink mix, you might need to add a drop or two of red food coloring to achieve the desired shade of pink. Mix well. Fill muffin cups and bake as directed on package. Let cool.
Meanwhile, pour frosting out into a medium bowl. Add remaining 2 tbsp pink lemonade drink mix and stir well. Depending on the brand of drink mix, you might need to add a drop or two of red food coloring to achieve the desired shade of pink. Mix well. Frost cupcakes when they have completely cooled.
Makes 2 dozen cupcakes.
You will have to adjust the amount of drink mix to your preference. I think I used a little bit less than what was called for on the site I saw it on, but I thought they turned out perfectly. The lemon flavor was definitely prominent, but not overpowering or pucker-inducing.
And instead of ice cream, I served them with pink lemonade sorbet from TCBY.
Now I have to include a few pics of the birthday girl.
Of course, she had to eat all the frosting off first.
Then she tackled the cupcake itself.
And I have to include this video. Not the greatest quality, but I think you can still see what is happening. She had trouble blowing out the second candle on her cupcake, so she went to Plan B. So resourceful!
My sweet little 2 year old!
Happy Birthday, Eva!