Pink Lemonade Stand Cake Recipe
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Pink Lemonade Stand Cake Recipe

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If you love a moist and creamy cake, this is it. Lemon juice and lemonade give the layers a tangy touch, and the subtle pink frosting makes it beautiful. —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Featured In: Lemonade Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons seedless strawberry jam, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons thawed pink lemonade concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons grenadine syrup
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons thawed pink lemonade concentrate, divided
  • Pink sprinkles

Nutritional Facts

1 slice (calculated without optional decorations): 732 calories, 39g fat (24g saturated fat), 172mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 91g carbohydrate (68g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of three greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the first five ingredients until blended. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and lemon peel until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beating well after each addition.
  3. Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and lemon peel until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and 1/3 cup lemonade concentrate. If necessary, refrigerate until spreadable, up to 1 hour.
  5. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Brush 1 tablespoon lemonade concentrate over cake; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer; brush remaining lemonade concentrate over top.
  6. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.
  7. Decorate with sprinkles. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
For cupcakes: Make batter as directed; fill 24 paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 16-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Prepare frosting as directed, omitting 3 tablespoons lemonade concentrate for brushing layers; pipe or spread frosting over tops. Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes.
Originally published as Pink Lemonade Stand Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2014

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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shavae01 User ID: 7867551 185228
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"Turned out great. I added a drop of red food coloring since I didn't have pink to the cake. Like everyone said the cake is very dense. It didn't come out big and fluffy like I thought. I added the sprinkles which made the icing have an artificial taste, next time I'll leave them off. I ended up scraping them off."

santosdebbie2010 User ID: 5528839 213683
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"very good cake:)"

MelindaDianne User ID: 5712505 191304
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"Everyone who has tasted the cake I made, liked it and really loved the frosting. I wondered if I did something wrong, since it was such a dense cake. After reading the other reviews, it must just be a dense cake. I agree with the others. I think it would be really pretty if I added a little food coloring to both the cake and frosting. Next time I think I will make the cupcakes."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 199382
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"Wonderful tasting cake. Like a previous reviewer, I, too, will add some food coloring to the cake batter next time. Although it tasted wonderful, the cake itself was kind of a pale gray color and would look more appealing with a bit of pink color. I did have to refrigerate the frosting as it instructed, before spreading, but it worked fine that way. Really good recipe!"

drinkme101 User ID: 7336987 199865
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"Really moist, dense (not heavy) texture, which was lovely. Neither the cake nor the frosting turned out very pink at all for me, so I might add a touch of food coloring next time, though I appreciated that the original baker tried to do without!"

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 127201
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"This is Good Cake! The grocery store I went to did not carry frozen pink lemonade so I had to use regular frozen lemonade. I love the frosting. I did add a little food coloring to turn it pink. The cake is moist and has great texture and flavor."

sechizar User ID: 2197681 141355
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"This was an amazing cake with a true lemonade flavor. I made it as cupcakes for a bridal shower and received rave reviews from everyone. The cream cheese frosting is a must, but be sure keep refrigerated. I removed them 20 min. prior to serving and frosting soften to the proper consistency."

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