What says summer more than a glass of ice-cold pink lemonade. Perhaps it’s the color, or maybe it’s the sweet lemon flavor, all I know is that it’s not pool season until you are sipping on a frosty pink lemonade. I can’t think of a better reason to celebrate the sunshine than baking up this fun, fruity, and flavorful Pink Lemonade Cake. Inspired by the classic summer drink, this cake will have you packing a beach bag and grabbing some sunscreen.
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Soft and fluffy pink lemonade cake layers filled with sweet raspberry curd and covered in refreshingly zingy lemon buttercream, this pink lemonade cake is a fun flavor profile that will have you craving summer. Using pink lemonade juice concentrate, yep the stuff in the freezer aisle, will have your sweet and tart flavor buds bouncing in excitement.
Pink Lemonade Cake From Scratch
Don’t get intimidated, this from-scratch cake recipe is really straightforward. Using my go-to Vanilla Cake recipe as a base, I swapped out most of the milk and replaced it with thawed pink lemonade concentrate. Seeing as the juice concentrate is sweet on its own, I reduced the sugar and added in a teaspoon of lemon extract. To get those bright fun pink cake layers, I used 3 drops of ChefMaster Rose Pink gel food color in the batter. You can definitely make this recipe without the added color though.
Pink Lemonade Cake Filling
It’s sweet, it’s smooth, and it has a little bit of zestiness making it the most irresistible raspberry curd filling. I pondered between filling this cake with a raspberry curd or a lemon curd but ended up going with the former as I already have a lemon curd filling here in my Lemon Cake recipe. And I’m sure glad I did because let me tell you, this raspberry curd filling was divine
How To Make Raspberry Curd Filling
Grab your fresh or frozen raspberries, and in a blender or food processor blend them up until they resemble applesauce. You should end up with approximately 1 ½ cups of raspberry puree. Set aside ½ cup of the raspberry puree and combine the rest (should be approximately 1 cup) into a medium pot with the sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Whisk together until fully combined and begin to heat over medium.
As this mixture heats up the sugar will dissolve and it will very slowly start to thicken a bit as the juices cook down. At this point add in the egg yolks and continue to vigorously whisk together until it is combined and thickens. The general rule is the mixture has thickened enough when it can coat the back of a wooden spoon.
When that happens, remove the raspberry curd and add in the salt and butter. Again, whisk this together until it is fully melted and combined, and then add in the remaining raspberry puree. I think this final step of adding the raspberry puree really gives that fresh tangy burst of raspberry to the smooth sweet curd.
Give this filling a final mix and a strain through a sieve to take out any cooked egg bits or large raspberry seeds. Cover the curd with a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface and allow to chill for at least several hours or overnight before filling the cake.
How To Make Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Again, I hummed and hawed over what frosting to pair with this pink lemonade cake and despite my love of unique contrasting flavor palettes, I decided on a traditional lemon buttercream. It’s sweet, smooth, zesty, and really packs the final punch of lemonade flavor. Using my go-to Vanilla Buttercream recipe as a base, I traded the vanilla extract for lemon extract. Easy as that, folks!
A few drops of ChefMaster lemon yellow gel food color for the final coat of buttercream helped give this cake a final aesthetic punch of pink lemonade. Who can resist a beautiful sunshine yellow cake?!
Pink Lemonade Cake Decorating
A final decor of a textured cake comb, mile-high Wilton 1M buttercream swirls, and some ridiculously yummy lemon cookies rounded out this summer Pink Lemonade cake. I’m so happy with this burst of summer drink flavor profile and I think you’ll really enjoy it too. Let me know what you think!
Lemon Sweet Treat Recipes
Are you a lover of all things lemon? Me too! I highly recommend taking a peek at these summer citrus inspired sweet treats:
- Orange Blossom Cake
- Key Lime Pie Cookies
- Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake
- Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts
- Key Lime Pie Cake