Monday, January 26, 2009

crystal light raspberry lemonade cupcakes

i made these cupcakes last night for dan, (and kate & joe, our friends who live downstairs.)
they were consumed, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

clrl cupcakes 2
(photo and recipe courtesy of

Crystal Light® Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs, at room temp
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 packets Crystal Light® On The Go Raspberry Lemonade mix
zest of one lemon (i didn't have a lemon, so i omitted this. still delightful!)

4 oz. (half a box) cream cheese, at room temp
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons water
1 packet Crystal Light® On The Go Raspberry Lemonade mix

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
2. In a small bowl, whisk or sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and lemon zest with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs one at a time, beating on high speed for 30 seconds between each addition. Scrape sides of the bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula.
5. In a measuring cup, combine milk and lemonade. Mix well.
6. Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. (You should have 3 additions of flour and 2 additions of milk.) Mix just until flour is incorporated.
7. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (a few crumbs are fine). Cool on a wire rack. When cupcakes are completely cool, make the frosting.
8. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on high speed for 20 seconds. Slowly add confectioners' sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until combined.
9. In a small measuring cup, mix water and lemonade until completely dissolved. Add lemonade mixture to the large bowl. Beat on high speed until frosting is thick and creamy.


Next weekend, the mister and I are joining two other couples upstate for Valentine's Day weekend, which happens to be a long weekend for many of us, thanks to President's Day!
Since we'll be hanging with some health-conscious eaters up there, I'm going to try to recreate this with some healthy alternatives. I'll be sure to post pictures of them, and let you know how they turn out!


  1. This is now in my google reader. I can't wait to try these cupcakes! love.

  2. Katie I am going to LOVE this blog...can't wait to see what graces it's presence in the up and coming weeks. Just another blog to be addicted to... love love love it. I have thought about doing one of these myself, but at this point in time...I have no desire to take on another blog...haha.

  3. I'm going to make these tonight for your little bro -- cuz he loves lemonade and he loves cupcakes! (I'll tell him they're "strawberry" lemonade, since he THINKS he doesn't like anything with the word raspberry in it!) Will let you know how it goes...


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