Nov 28


Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cloud Frosting

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Perhaps an atypical recipe for this time of the year, but delicious and zesty nonetheless, and perfect for a pink celebration of sorts.

In honor of KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure, and their latest fundraising effort, the Culinary Showdown, I’m sharing these sweet lemonade cupcakes with fluffy marshmallow cloud frosting. Make them with or without some matching flower toppers (how-to’s in links below), for a Cook for the Cure event of your own and fundraise for a good cause and a chance to cook alongside an all-star line up of Canadian chefs!

How can that happen?


Put Your Best Plate Forward!

This year, KitchenAid is offering you the chance of a lifetime with the Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown! The Culinary Showdown is your chance to cook alongside an all-star cast of your favourite celebrity chefs! On December 7, 2013 at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel, host Dean McDermott and chefs Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes, Mark McEwan, Vikram Vij, Corbin Tomaszeski and Tyler Florence will be looking for you to join their teams as they compete versus one another.

The chance get up close and personal with your favorite culinary idols are quite good, too – The top 50 fundraisers across Canada will win the opportunity to work alongside renowned chefs and put their own culinary skills to the test. Fundraisers who raise at least $2,500 will participate in the Culinary Showdown’s Celebrity Chefs School, where they’ll learn tips and techniques from the top chefs. Finally, participants who raise a minimum of $1,000 will watch the culinary battle as a member of the event’s audience!

So put your best plate forward and start fundraising! To help get you started, I’m also excited to share a tip directly from the multi-talented Chef Chuck Hughes here with you, courtesy of KitchenAid Canada! Among other shows, Chef Hughes can be seen on the Food Network & Cooking Channel’s Chuck’s Day Off and will be at the Culinary Showdown on December 7th, 2013. He shares one of his plating tips here with you:

Oysters are a great ice breaker for any dinner party.  Display the oysters in the box they come instead of a wine box…lots of ice…fresh horseradish and homemade cocktail sauce and you’re ready to go.

Thanks for the advice, Chuck! I’ve never tried them at my own dinner party, but can’t wait to now!

And my tip for today:

Give yourself more time to mingle with your guests by preparing menu items in advance. Serve simple appetizers which can be made ahead or just warmed in the oven, and chop vegetables etc. before your friends and family arrive. If you don’t have time to set up ahead, involve your guests as much as you can in the preparation. People often love to help and it’s a great icebreaker too!

And if you’d like more info. on making these toppers, click on the corresponding links below:

Drop me a line below or on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube (or PinterestFlickrLinkedIn and Google+ ;-D), if you have any comments or questions!

Have fun!



Lemonade Cupcakes

Yield: Approx. 24 cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/ 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • pink food coloring (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment (or an electric hand mixer), beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Gradually add sugar to the butter, about 1/4 of a cup at a time, beating on medium speed until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for another minute or so.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Beat in pink lemonade concentrate and vanilla extract.
  7. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low speed after each addition, just until combined.
  8. If desired, add a few drops of pink food coloring.
  9. Scoop batter into a muffin tin lined with muffin cups.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before icing.


Marshmallow Cloud Frosting

Yield: Enough for approx. 24 cupcakes


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 bag (approx. 10 ounces) mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup icing sugar (confectioner's or powdered sugar)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • food coloring (optional)


  1. Place the cream, marshmallows, icing sugar and salt in a large, deep saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the marshmallows melt completely.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and food coloring (if desired).
  4. Pour your icing into your mixing bowl and chill for a few hours to overnight. (Thoroughly chill).
  5. Remove from the fridge and mix icing using an electric mixer or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. (Icing will be stiff and difficult to stir by hand). Ensure all icing is mixed by scraping down the sides of the bowl at least once.
  6. Beat for about a minute, until the icing becomes smooth and glossy. The icing will become quite thin - this is okay! Once it's smooth set the icing aside at room temperature for about an hour. It will thicken to a spreadable or consistency.
  7. Spread or pipe the icing on top of cupcakes or other treats. Enjoy!

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  1. November 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute! I love the frosting especially 🙂

  2. Roshini
    November 29, 2013 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    So pretty & PINK!! you always rock Marian

  3. November 29, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Such pretty pink cupcakes! 🙂

  4. julie homer
    November 29, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    hello ,
    could you tell me please can you just use normal lemonade for these cakes???
    ive not seen any pink lemonade concentrated in the uk???
    was wondering is it the fizz that makes these a little different??
    thank you for any help with this 🙂
    gorgeous recipe though and i shall be trying the marshmallow icing 🙂 x

    • marian
      November 29, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Hi Julie,
      I’ve only tried the concentrate… so it’s packed with a little more flavour than regular lemonade (of the same amount). Do you have the yellow lemonade concentrate in the UK? You could just color the batter pink with a few drops of pink food coloring.
      There isn’t any fizz in the concentrate. I’ll bet that would be neat though!

    • Jennifer M
      November 30, 2013 at 7:18 am | Permalink

      We dont have it in Australia either. but i wonder if flat lemonade would do the trick. Or maybe the concentrate you use for the machines that you make your own fizzy drink from. They would be concentrated flavour mmmmm may have to give a go and see what happens i guess 🙂

    • marian
      November 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      Let me know how it goes, Julie! xo

  5. Julie S
    November 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ll have to remember these for May. When you posted about Cook for the Cure a month or so ago it couldn’t have come at a better time. My aunt and I wanted to do something for the Breast Cancer Foundation. We are now planning a tea party over Mother’s Day weekend! My aunt has been battling breast cancer for awhile now. Also, my grandmother died of breast cancer when my dad was only 18. She was a baker so it’s the perfect fit!

    • marian
      November 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      Hi Julie, that’s nice to hear that the post came in a timely manner for you. I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother, and send hugs to your aunt from me, please! Looking forward to hearing about your tea after Mother’s Day weekend if you’d like to share! xo

  6. julie homer
    November 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    thank you marian ive had a look on line you can buy this
    in a tin ???
    i can at least try the icing for now as this sounds very yummy 🙂 x

  7. Kim
    November 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Do you use bleach flour or unbleach flour for the pink cupcake?

  8. December 2, 2013 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    Nice post and lovely cupcakes 🙂

  9. December 2, 2013 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    Oh how I love this color!
    Marshmallow Frosting is my favourite so I am dying to make these, girl.

    Thanks for sharing such a pretty in pink blogpost 🙂


  10. December 7, 2013 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    These are absolutely perfect, Marian! What a beautiful color, and I can practically taste how light and airy that gorgeous frosting must be!

  11. Tesei
    December 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Dear MArian, I have used this frosting over and over again, it is perfect… light, not too sweet, easy and so versatile. Thank you for another great recipe. It is now one of my favourites!!!

    • marian
      January 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear it!

  12. Renée
    February 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Would you please told me if I can make it with chocolate? Did I have to use Cocoa powder or did I have to use chipit´s?

  13. Rhona
    March 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi can this frostbe frosted onto a cake the day before or will it not hold? And does it need to be stored in the fridge or can I leave it
    Out overnight? Hoping to make it today for a party tomorrow!

  14. TheFlashyBaker
    May 13, 2014 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    hi, i live in dubai do you think the frosting will hold up in the heat (85-90 degrees) for a few hours? thanks 🙂

  15. Julie Pierce
    October 31, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    This frosting sounds wonderful!! Is there any way you could add more lemonade concentrate to it without affecting the consistency?

  16. Julie Pierce
    November 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Could you add lemonade concentrate to the frosting? These sound wonderful!

    • marian
      November 3, 2014 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      Yes, you can! Careful with the amount as the liquid will thin the icing.

  17. annie bishop
    January 18, 2015 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    I only need 12 cupcakes and I am not sure how to split this recipe in half. Please help! Thanks

  18. Amy
    October 17, 2016 at 3:48 am | Permalink


    I would like to know if i can pre mix the frosting and how long can I store? Will the frosting collapse after few days?

  19. Casey
    August 1, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I made the icing exactly but when I took it out of the fridge (overnight chill) it was separated. Is there a way to fix it now?

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