Spring is in the air, and these gluten free pink lemonade cupcakes are positively scrumptious! If you have been on the hunt for a cupcake that is light, refreshing and gorgeous, then these lemonade cupcakes are just what you need. You can’t help but be impressed with how elegant and charming the gluten free pink cupcakes are.
One bite of these lemonade cupcakes with creamy pink lemonade buttercream, you can’t help but fall in love. The real star of the show is the white chocolate dragonfly on top. Don't forget to check out all of my best gluten free cupcakes recipes!
Keep reading because I was lucky enough to grab my phone and make a short video of my daughter making these flower out of frosting!!
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When my daughter told me she wanted to try to make lemonade cupcakes with white chocolate dragonflies, I was so excited (okay and intrigued!) She has been watching both Instagram cake decorating videos and the Great British Baking Show. See my post about these dragonflies to learn how to make these awesome White Chocolate Dragonflies.
My daughter plans to create a new Instagram account with all of the cakes she has decorated for me. (I will keep you posted!) If you love lemon, you will also wan to try these Easy Gluten Free Lemon Filled Cupcakes.
Anything with lemon is always a hit at our house, and they just taste like spring! Plus, it is a bonus that they are moist, flavorful, and easy to make. Our lemon tree is still bursting with lemons and these cupcakes will be a fun way to use up a couple of lemons.
If you prefer a classic cupcake, give this Easy Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting recipe a try!
These gluten free pink lemonade cupcakes are fantastic for dinner parties, barbecues, and when you want something sweet. One thing I am certain of if you serve these lemonade cupcakes your friends will go crazy for them!
If you love these gluten free pink cupcakes, you should take a look at some of my other scrumptious cupcake recipes:
- Hide some veggies in your dessert and give this healthier Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting a try!
- If you want even more lemon flavor this Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes With Lemon Icing is special. It has a lemonade icing drizzled on top!
How to make frosting flower petals
This is the Wilton frosting tip that my daughter used to make these cute little flower petals!! You will want to see my post on How to Make Frosting Flower Petals so you can see the video we made that will walk you through every step of the way. Soon you will be a flower frosting pro!!
Add your dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to blend.
I have tested two gluten free flour blends in this recipe. I liked King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend. This doesn't mean other blends won't work, I just haven't tested any others. Try to avoid flour blends that are high in starch.
As always, if your blend does not contain Xanthan Gum, you will need to add 1 teaspoon.
Pour in the wet ingredients and then add the optional pink natural food coloring. I like to use the more natural food colorings when I need to add a splash of color. These are much better for the body than the artificial food dyes.
This is the consistency of the gluten free pink lemonade cupcake batter.
Can you use jarred lemon juice?
You can definitely use jarred lemon juice if you don't have a fresh lemon on-hand.
Add the batter to a muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Mix up the frosting in a standing mixer.
You can use the natural food coloring to dye your whipped buttercream frosting too!
Frost your cupcakes any way you like. You can go here to see a video piping flower tutorial where I videotaped my daughter making these frosting flowers.
These cupcakes are amazing just the way the recipe is written, but if you like to make changes from time to time here are some ideas:
- Strawberries - Add some pureed strawberries to the batter to make the cupcakes pinker and add a great flavor too.
- Raspberries - They will go perfectly with the lemonade cupcakes! Add them in the batter and you won’t regret it.
- Sprinkles - Put on some of your favorite sprinkles. I would add some pink or white ones that will accent the chocolate dragonfly.
Can you make these cupcakes without liners?
If you are frantically searching your kitchen for cupcake liners and coming up empty-handed, don’t worry! You can still make tasty cupcakes without liners. Just spray the muffin tin with cooking spray and sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar or your favorite gluten free flour mixture in the bottom of the pan.
After the cupcakes have baked and cooled properly, I typically run a butter knife around the outer edge of each cupcake. You don’t have to do this, but it does give a little bit of extra insurance that they won’t stick to the pan.
How do you store leftover buttercream frosting?
If you don’t use all the pink lemonade buttercream icing, then you can store the leftovers. I recommend placing it in an airtight container and putting it in the fridge for around a week. Take special care not to put it next to any foods that have a strong odor, or it may take on some of those flavors.
If you are making a double batch of frosting to use at a later date, you can also put it in the freezer. It will last for approximately two months. When you are ready to use, place in the fridge the night before, and you can decorate cupcakes with it. (or just eat a spoonful)
How do I know when the cupcakes are done?
My favorite way to know if cupcakes are baked throughout is to use the toothpick test. Insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake. If the toothpick comes back clean, without crumbs or batter, then the cupcakes are fully baked.
- For the Cupcakes:
- 2 1/2 cups gluten free flour blend
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- *optional pink food coloring
- For the Frosting:
- 1 1/2 cups butter
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice (you can also use water)
- *optional pink food coloring
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
- In a bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend. If your gluten free flour blend doesn't include xanthan gum, add 1 teaspoon.
- In a separate bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix well. Add food coloring if you prefer to use it.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
- Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers and fill each 3/4 full with the batter.
- Bake for 18 minutes until done. Remove to a cooling rack and allow the cupcakes to cool.
- In a standing mixer, add the softened butter and whip. Slowly add the powdered sugar (so it doesn't explode everywhere) and the lemon juice. Add the optional food dye.
- Frost the cupcakes any way you like.
To keep your cupcakes light and fluffy, do not overmix your cupcake batter.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 557Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 91gFiber: 1gSugar: 78gProtein: 3g
Please note this nutrition information is calculated by a recipe plugin and is an estimate based on the ingredients used in this recipe.