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Pink Lemonade Stand Cake

If you love a moist and creamy cake, this is it. Lemon juice and lemonade give the layers a tangy touch, and the cream cheese frosting with sprinkles makes it pretty. —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 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 zest
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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 zest
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons thawed pink lemonade concentrate, divided
  • Pink sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of three greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the first 5 ingredients until blended. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and lemon zest 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.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20-24 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and lemon zest until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and 1/3 cup lemonade concentrate. If necessary, refrigerate until spreadable, up to 1 hour.
  • Place 1 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.
  • Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.
  • Decorate with sprinkles. Refrigerate until serving.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 732 calories, 39g fat (24g saturated fat), 172mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 91g carbohydrate (68g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • PageRD
    Jul 6, 2020

    These turned out great. I chose to make cupcakes since it's easier to send the extras home with people. I like the denser texture of the cupcakes and they were quite moist. The frosting is delicious. The lemon flavor is strong in the frosting but the subtle flavors in the cake offset it. I also added a drop or two of red food coloring to make the cupcakes and frosting pink. They received rave reviews from my guests.

  • shavae01
    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
    Aug 25, 2014

    very good cake:)

  • MelindaDianne
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.