Pink Lemonade Cup Cakes-UPDATE

Update 4/15/16: It has come to my attention the Pillsbury Pink Lemonade cupcake/cookie/frosting mix is sold as a seasonal item (May-Aug) and may not be sold at your local grocery store. The only other place I have found this mix is on Amazon and Soap.com in packs of two. After last year (2015) my local Safeway stop carrying the mix all together due to low demand. In this post I have included a recipe to make the mix from scratch at the bottom of the post. 

Originally posted 6/11/12:

Recently there has been a popular trend of making Pink Lemonade cupcakes among the Pinterest crowed. I found the cake mix by Pillsbury at my local Safeway store, and frosting to go with it. For those who are more adventures or cannot get the mix, here is the recipe from scratch (will try later). For my 25th birthday I decided I wanted to try these cupcakes to see if they are any good. The theme for them, to look like lemonade in cups.

Ingredients:

Pillsbury Moist Supreme Pink Lemonade Cake Mix
Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Pink Lemonade Frosting
1 1/4 cups of water
1/3 cups canola oil (cooking oil in general)
4 Egg whites (buy egg whites already done)
Lemon Drops
Pink sugar
24 Flexible straws
24 Pink cupcake wrappers

There are two versions to making the cake part of the cupcakes. The version I decided to make was the Whole Egg Recipe. Don’t worry there is one for  Egg Whites only.

The cup cakes turned out alright. I could have done better, but overall I believe they are average looking. Taste good thou!

Updated Recipe 4/15/16: Recipe comes from Sweet Cheeks In The Kitchen

1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Pinch salt
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 egg whites
1/3 c. thawed frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate
1/4 c. buttermilk
2 or more drops red food coloring

 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin pan with liners.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg whites and lemonade concentrate. Alternately whisk in flour mixture and buttermilk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of buttermilk, beating until just smooth. Add just enough food coloring to turn the batter a light shade of pink.

Scoop batter into liners (fill about three-fourths full). Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting (see below).

Lemonade Buttercream:

3 c. + 3 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. pink lemonade concentrate
Pink food coloring

 

Add the butter, confectioner’s sugar, salt, lemon juice, and a few drops of food coloring to the stand mixer and mix on low using the paddle attachment until combined. Turn the speed to med-high until the buttercream is fluffy and uniformly pink. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.

Also you can try the cookie mix! I did.

Ingredients needed: 1 box of Pillsbury Pink Lemonade Cookie Mix, 1 stick of butter, and 1 egg. Combine them together and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Spread Lemonade frosting on the tops of the cookies when cooled.

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Folk Life Festival and Chihuly Museum

Also on Memorial Day I was at the Seattle Center where Folk Life Festival was happening. Every year Seattle has a festival to celebrate the folk arts, and music during the thee day weekend. Its our huge block party for the city in a way. This was the first time I have attended (yeah I know been here most my life and now I’m just attending!) this festival. Mostly it about the lesser know bands in the area performing in front of the masses. Of course we will have those who are street performers who can really make a crowed stop to watch or those who you just walk on by because there is no way they have any musical talent as they think they have (cruel, but true). The homeless are out in force, and one even hit in Mom in front of Dad.Pretty much all the crazies come out to play when mixed with beer and lots of music. The crazy political activists are out trumping their opinions to the masses, especially the ones who have a message so hateful (I do not need to say the name of the group-you know who I mean), and ones who just want to make you think for a moment with some funny message. Lots of things to buy from street venders, and lots of food to chow down on (The Frankfurter Hot Dog Stand), and all the lemonade you can possibly drink (where is the water? Oh yeah Seattle has banned plastic disposable water bottles). The smell of marijuana in the air at times, even people smoking in public near police officers (my hair smelled of reef later, and I think at some point I might have been high just breathing it in accidentally). Overall it was fun and great to feel the pulse of many people having fun.

On a more serious note…..I also went to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. Mom wanted to go since it opened this past week. I never was a person to walk through art galleries, but I made the exception this time. Some of the pieces I have seen a few years ago in Tacoma on the glass bridge that spans part of interstate five road way were displayed here. Dale Chihuly is a local glass blowing artist in the area. His work is displayed here for the masses to see, and for people to learn more about glass blowing. Garden where some of his work is display is wonderful against the backdrop of the Space Needle.

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In The Presents of an Egyption Pharaoh

In Seattle we do not take a traveling exhibitions lightly and will buy the tickets way in advance to be the first ones to tell our friends about it. This spring/summer the King Tutankhamum: The Golden King and Great Pharaohs artifacts will be at the Pacific Science Center and this is where I was Memorial Day. This will be the last stop on the America tour before King Tut goes back to Egypt forever at the beginning of 2013.

I love history as much as science, and I have seen many cool traveling exhibits in the past at the Pacific Science Center. This time this was a once and a lifetime opportunity to see something that will never travel again for a long time. I never really was interested in the ancient civilizations (I think I was bored by it in school) but for some reason King Tut sparked something in finding out really what happened to him. Why did he die so young in the end (There are times I want to go back in time and ask famous people why they did the things they did.)? The exhibit started out with the ancestors of the King Tut, and showed the daily life of being a pharaoh during the dynasty of King Tut’s family ruled Egypt. Most of the exhibit was statues of other pharaohs and people who served them in their court. Towards the end of the exhibit, there was a few rooms where the artifacts that came out of the tomb of King Tut were on display. These where the lesser known objects that are used for preparing the king for the after life and all of his personal possessions he took with him. To my surprise all the statues were not in cases unless they were made of  gems or precious  materials, but all the rock formed statues were on display without a protective covering. I wonder why not protect everything from the elements even with people not daring to touch the pieces.The sad part is where you can see some of the statues have been defaced or had something taken off it by tomb robbers in the past. I imagine the statues were something to be seen when they were in their full glory back in the day. I learned something new while touring this exhibit. The name Pharaoh was given to the rulers of Egypt by the Hebrew people. and it means king or ruler over all lands. Even one of King Tut’s predecessors is the famous Pharaoh in the Old Testament books in the Bible. Can you guess which one he is? Hint: He has something to do with Moses. It seems that King Tut really had a hard life in a way. He died so young (age 19), and then the next person in line wanted to erase him from memory of the Egyptian people and the world. Too bad for those people, he was discovered in 1922 by a British archaeologist’s helper falling down some mysterious steps to nowhere. Now he is restored to his rightful place in history and as the religion back in his time, to a deity with the gods. The most humorous for the artifacts is the toilet seat (see slide show) used as part of the bathroom of the Pharaoh’s family. It makes you wonder who really invented the toilet seat first? Apparently the ancient Egyptians did.

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Unfortunately the golden face mask was not there to be viewed because of fears of someone or some country would steal it and melting it down (I asked, and they said it is sad). My mother saw this same exhibit back when it was housed at the British Museum in the Seventies. She was a little disappointed the whole treasure from the tomb was not display this time around. I guess some time in my life I will have to travel to Egypt to see the rest of the King Tut’s artifacts for myself. To all the locals or those who are traveling to Seattle in the near future, I would go see it before the beginning of next year. This is an amazing exhibit, and not something to miss out on.