This Pink Lemonade Cake from scratch tastes like summertime!
I just love the uniqueness of this recipe and flavor– Pink Lemonade Cake isn’t a dessert that you see too often, but it should be! Just one bite and you will be convinced. This amazing cake belongs in your recipe file of favorites!
As someone who loves all things lemon, I was so excited to add this recipe to our collection! Unlike our popular Lemon Cake recipe (which we also love), this Pink Lemonade Cake has an extra boost of tartness from frozen Pink Lemonade concentrate. This is a cake flavor that both kids and adults will love!
We decided to frost our pink lemonade cake layers with our lemon cream cheese frosting. It compliments this flavorful cake perfectly, making it a dessert that we will turn to for summertime gatherings for years to come. In fact, I have a feeling that I’ll be making this cake year-round…it’s just that good!
Like many of our scratch recipes, this cake is made using the Reverse Creaming Method of mixing. This method refers to the order that ingredients are added, which is a bit different than the traditional way. Cakes made with the reverse creaming method are slightly denser, and have a wonderful velvety quality.
We go over all of the mixing details clearly in our Recipe, but if you’d like a bit more information, we have a free cake video tutorial on the method here!: Reverse Creaming Method of Mixing.
As we mentioned above, we frosted our Pink Lemonade Cake with one of my favorite frostings: Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.
This luscious Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting is so easy to make and perfect for so many cake recipes (vanilla cake, white cake, lemon, coconut, and more)! Click here to find the recipe: Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.
Pink Lemonade Cake from Scratch
- 2 1/2 cups (285g) cake flour
- 1 1/2 cups (300g) sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon (3g) salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoon (12g) baking powder
- 1 1/2 sticks (12 T) (169g) unsalted butter....Cut into 1/2 inch slices onto waxed paper to soften slightly (still very cool
- to the touch). If it becomes too soft, refrigerate for a few minutes. Do not soften in microwave
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup (190g) frozen pink lemonade concentrate (thawed) ( if you cannot find pink, you can use regular frozen lemonade)
- 1/2 cup (121g) milk
- 1 Tablespoon (10g) lemon extract
- zest of 1 lemon
- pink coloring gel, if you want the cake layers to be pink....we used AmeriColor Deep Pink
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Grease and flour two 8 x 2 inch round pans
- In the bowl of your mixer add the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Whisk to combine dry ingredients for 30 seconds.
- In a separate bowl, add the eggs, Pink Lemonade concentrate, lemon extract, zest & milk.
- With the mixer on low speed, add the slices of butter a few pieces at a time to the dry ingredients. Increase the mixer to medium speed and beat until the dry ingredients look crumbly like coarse sand. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Method is important when using Reverse Creaming. With the mixer on low speed SLOWLY ADD 1/2 of the egg mixture, increase to medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. The batter will become thick and fluffy. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. ADD THE PINK GEL COLOR, Add the remaining egg mixture in 2 pourings, beating for 20 seconds after each addition.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.
- Let the cakes cool in the pan 10 minutes, then turn out.
- Works well for cupcakes
- Makes 7 cups batter
* The Decoration: To decorate the cake, I filled the cake layers with our Lemon Cream Cheese frosting recipe, and then frosted a thin crumb coat. Then, I used a 2D piping tip to pipe vertical lines around the sides, piping from bottom to top all the way around.
Then, I used a french tip (Ateco 869) to pipe stars all over the top with the lemon cream cheese frosting. I love this simple style of decorating! So quick, easy, and inviting! I wish I had a slice right now.
*When working with cream cheese frosting, it it is likely to become soft more quickly than buttercream (especially if your kitchen or hands are warm).
If you notice that it becomes too soft to easily pipe or hold it’s shape, chill it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. You can even alternate between two piping bags if you’d rather.
This Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe is fantastic! Find it here: Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.
Did you know that we also have a fabulous Lemon Cake Recipe from scratch on our site? It’s another great choice and definitely one that everyone should have in their recipe file! You can find it here!: Lemon Cake Recipe from Scratch.
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