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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe

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2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon salt
1 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest, from about 2 lemons
cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
cup frozen pink lemonade juice-Do not mix with water
cup milk
a few drops red food coloring (optional)
1 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
3-4 cups powdered sugar
6 tbsp pink lemonade
a few drops red food coloring (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners.In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Rub together zest and sugar until fragrant. Add in the butter and beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and pink lemonade juice. Alternatively add the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat well after each addition. Beat in the food coloring if using.Divide the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Bake cupcakes until the center springs back when touched and a tester comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely on a cooling rack.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter on high speed until pale and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice (and food coloring if using). Mix on low speed for a minute and then increase to medium-high speed to beat until well combined. Frost cupcakes with buttercream. Decorate with sprinkles and hearts.




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