Pink Lemonade Hydrangea Rose Cake and Cupcakes
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Serves: 16
 
Wow your guests at your next entertaining event with this lovely cake and cupcakes combination.
Ingredients
  • CAKE AND CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 box Duncan Hines white cake mix
  • Ingredients cake mix calls for
  • 3 tablespoons Country Time Pink Lemonade Sweetened Drink Mix
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • pinch of salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1-2 Jars of Raspberry preserves (depending on how much or little you desire)
  • BUTTER CREAM FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
  • 10 Tablespoons salted butter room temperature
  • 1½ tablespoons soft light cream cheese
  • 2-3 pounds confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-6 tablespoons Country Time Pink Lemonade concentrate (thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon heaving whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • OTHER ITEMS YOU WILL NEED:
  • White sugar pearls (can be purchased at Michaels in the baking section)
  • Pink sugar pearls
  • Wilton Rose gel/paste coloring (keeps from thinning out your butter cream)
  • Icing Whitener (I always have this on hand as the butter and cream cheese tend to make the color off white, which is ok for this this cake.)
  • Wilton Sky Blue and Lemon Yellow gel/paste coloring
Instructions
  1. CAKE AND CUPCAKE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS:
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. add pink lemonade sweetened drink mix
  4. add lemon zest
  5. add pinch of salt
  6. mix with stand mixer or hand mixer
  7. Pour batter into 9 inch greased and lightly floured non stick cake pan
  8. Bake until a toothpick come out clean
  9. BUTTER CREAM FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS:
  10. Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth
  11. add about ¾ lbs of confectioners sugar
  12. add whipping cream
  13. add 2 tablespoons of thawed pink lemonade concentrate
  14. add lemon zest
  15. mix and keep adding confectioners sugar a little at a time incorporating the rest of the pink lemonade concentrate.
  16. If frosting is too runny add more confectioners sugar
  17. If too stiff add more pink lemonade concentrate
  18. Now take some of the frosting in a separate container or bowl and mix in the rose gel coloring until you get the rose color you desire
  19. Don't mix the cake color frosting until after you do your crumb coat (see below)
  20. Once that is done then mix a very tiny bit of the sky blue and a touch of yellow gel/paste and whitener to get that hint of yellow green hydrangea color
  21. Its best to mix the color separately until you get the color you desire then add to frosting.
Recipe by The Kitchen Prescription at http://thekitchenprescription.com/2011/06/24/pink-lemonade-hydrangea-rose-cake-and-cupcakes/