Pink Lemonade Layer Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 8 min
25 min
10 min
33 min

10 to 12 servings

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more, for coating pans
  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) box white cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened pink lemonade drink powder
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper or waxed paper.

Prepare the cake batter according to the package directions. To the batter, stir in the lemon zest, vanilla, and pink lemonade powder. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting by beating together the confectioners' sugar and remaining 1 cup butter until fluffy. Beat in the remaining frosting ingredients until combined.

Transfer one cake to a cake stand or large platter. Using an offset spatula, spread the top of the cake with a layer of frosting. Place the second cake on top of the first. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of both layers.

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    Without the videos working outside of the US, it was impossible to know what ingredients went with the icing vs. the cake. PLEASE revise this recipe to make it clear as just the text of this recipe is very confusing.
    This cake is the perfect dessert for a summer night's celebration- in this case, the birthday of a 6 year old girl. I really thought about cutting the amount of zest in the cake or icing, and especially the concentrate in the icing, and I decided to do it just the way Paula recommended. I was so glad I did! I couldn't imagine now doing anything differently! It's perfect just as it is! 
    BTW-- we all love you, Paula. None of us is without sin. Hang in there!
    My family loved this refreshing summer cake. Best of all it was easy to make.
    Really yummy. I cut back on the pink lemonade powder in the cake to taste - 2 tablespoons instead of 3 - and did the same for the frosting. It was really yummy!!! I know I said that before but I was repeating it for emphasis because it was really yummy!!!!!
    This cake was so good! Easy to make and was combination of sweet and tart. Loved it.
    I made this cake today for Father's Day using Betty Crocker's Supreme Moist white cake mix, and regular Countrytime 'yellow' lemonade mix and yellow frozen lemonade. These were on hand which really made this a breeze! The cake was really pretty mild so the icing, while very sweet, really made the lemon flavor pop! The wonderful point to this recipe is the ease of not having to do this from scratch when we're so busy cooking up a storm for our 'special occasions'. I agree with the baby shower idea - and perhaps even a baby shower WITH the cupcakes that AlainaMarie made, with little plastic 'picks' on top like mini baby bottles and diaper pins. I will enjoy taking the leftovers to the office tomorrow - I think my coworkers will enjoy it and that means I won't be devouring all of these calories over the next week. Enjoy!
    Sounds delicious, but I'm wondering if anyone has tried this with a Betty Crocker gluten free mix? I have friends and family members with Celiac and the 2 flavors of BC gluten free get old after a while. Been dying to try flavoring them and wondering if this might work.
    I made icing with1 cup of the confectioners sugar, pink lemonade concentrate (3 TBLS, vanilla and "zest", then, drizzled in water, very slowly, until it was "icing consistency".  
    Drizzled this on the cooled cake, and not so sugary. One cup of sugar compared to a pound, is a huge difference in calories too. 
    I thought this was very good. I wouldn't rate it as excellent, but good enough to make it again. It was a fresh change of pace and something fun for the early summer. I, like others, also thought the icing was a little too sweet. So after adding the 5 Tablespoons of lemonade concentrate, I squeezed some of the fresh lemon juice in the icing, probably about two teaspoons or more. I liked the icing a lot better after that. I think if I make it again I'll try 4 Tablespoons concentrate and 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice. What's interesting is the difference in the icing recipe on Paula's website and the one here. I made it as it appears here with two sticks butter. I used Pillsbury white cake mix and think I'll do like others posted and try Duncan Hines the next time to see if it tastes different. I used Country Time pink lemonade mix too. I had no trouble with the cakes rising. Good recipe!
    I made these as cupcakes using Betty Crocker's white cake mix. They came out great! I read the reviews that some found the frosting too sweet so I changed 5 tbsp of concentrate in the frosting to 4 and used 1 tbsp of milk. I also added a little pink gel food coloring to kick up the color in the frosting, otherwise they were very bland in color. The frosting was very buttery so don't plan to bring them on a picnic unless you're going to eat them right away! I would make these again.Tasty? What did you think?
    I changed the recipe up a bit using the cake mix, a small amount of additional sugar, flour, baking powder, buttermilk, vanilla, melted butter and meringue powder, along with the powdered drink mix and lemon zest. I made the icing without any changes. It tasted good, but I'm not sure I would make this cake again. It is a little tart but not overwhelming. I could see this cake being perfect for a baby shower or a little girls tea party but not something you would want to snack on over a few days.
    How can you rate this recipe with three stars and say you aren't sure you would make it again, when it is obvious you did not follow the recipe?
    I liked the cake, my family thought it was too tart. Next time I'll not use quite as much lemonade mix in the batter. But it didn't turn out at all like the picture. It was almost flat! I thought it was a bad cake mix. I threw the first attempt out. It was for Easter 2013! 2nd attempt I just put in a bundt pan, it still barely rised. The consistency was like half flaky and half not done. Which made it even more tart. I'll try it again but wasn't like the picture. :(
    Had this recipe on the brain since watching the episode it was on and thought Easter would be the perfect day to have it. Using a cake mix made this easy to do with all the other things I have to worry about, you could easily substitute French Vanilla cake mix, which I will do next time. Also to keep the cost down you can also use a packet of Pink Lemonade unsweetened drink mix and mix it with 1 cup of sugar and get the same thing as buying a container or sweetened drink mix. The cake was light and fluffy and had just enough of a lemonade scent to it as I pulled it out of the oven. As far as the icing it is a little on the sweet side if you eat it out of the bowl. I would in the future use a little less concentrate or even ease up on the powder sugar. I made the cake 24 hours in advance and kept it loosely wrapped in the fridge and it was perfect. I pulled it out have it set a room temp for about 30 mins before we served it. Thank you Paula and FN for making my Easter delicious.
    Thank you...I made this yummy cake last year for my husbands birthday,and yes Im making it again this year!! ALL I CAN SAY IS YUM YUM YUM! Thank you Paula for sharing...LOVE IT!!!
    I made this recipe as stated except I made a sheet cake instead. It made a nice summertime cake and I can see why one viewer used it as a wedding cake. We liked it and did not find it too sweet. I will make it again but experiment with trying to use the concentrate as a substitute for the water and leave out the powder. I still prefer Paula's Red Velvet cake but was pleased I gave this a try.
    I made this recipe for a luncheon. 
    It was simple and tasted wonderful. I loved the 
    Cake was o.k., but the icing was way to sweet. Will not make it again.
    Very delicious! I made 24 cupcakes. I followed the recipe exactly. The recipe is a bit confusing because it doesn't separate the icing (starts with 1 pound confectioners' sugar from the cake. The icing uses 1 cup (2 sticks of butter. I used the whole egg for the cake and it was fine. I used Betty Crocker white cake mix. I used Country time lemonade for the cake and Minute Maid frozen concentrate for the icing. Lemon lovers loved the cupcakes and a few people thought the icing was too sweet. I'll try 4 instead of 5 Tbs of the concentrate for the icing next time. I will definitely make these again. I made 2 batches of these for a crowd of 40 people and only 3 didn't like them as much. They were gone in about 30 minutes. So good and very easy. :
    It was very good. It was very easy to make. Thanks Paula & Jamie :
    This is a pretty good cake. It is very simple and if you watch the video you will have not problems. You MUST use Country Time mix. Do not attempt with the diet drink packets, etc. The cake is moist and light; however it really doesn't rise. If you want a "higher" cake, add another layer or make two batches of cake mix and fill 2 round cake pans 3/4 full. In which case you will need more icing.
     The buttercream icing is really sweet, some people loved it some said it was pretty good. It really depends on your taste preference.
    Quick and easy recipe. The "lemon lovers" in the crowd raved and gobbled them up. I made 24 cupcakes for ease of serving.
    Use Country Time mix in the cake. Turns out great. My daughter requested it as her birthday cake. Delicious!
    We wanted to wow our wedding guests. Our entire wedding was colorful, except the stark white cake-this is on the outside of course. We chose a different color & flavor for each layer. For pink, we did this pink lemonade cake. I made all my cake myself & the first time was not fun! DO NOT USE "FAKE" SWEETENED LEMONADE MIX!!! It was flat & REALLY sour lemon flavored! Do over, with generic koolaid & it was perfect, fluffed like a regular cake and the flavor was astonishing. We brightened the mix with paste food coloring and WOW! Everyone loved it. We had pineapple & margarita as our other 2 layers. There wasn't any pink left! I didn't use the frosting recipe here. We went with plain white buttercream.
    MMMMM Very good ... My Grandaughter (6yrs. and I Made this and we both liked making it and eating it as well . We will make it again , Thanks Paula and Jamie :
    I have no idea what I did wrong here. Two attempts and flat flat cakes each time. I used Tops brand pink lemonade powdered drink mix-I'm thinking it was something in that? The artificial sweetener perhaps? Used eggs that had just expired on first attempt, used fresh eggs for second try and still flat and dense. Third times a charm fingers crossed (this time I'll use a different box mix and different drink mix-All this for cakes for a baby shower tomorrow......
    It tasted good but the frosting was grainy. I didn't realize that I was supposed to add liquid to the lemonade mix until I saw the video.
    Paula's cooking always reminds me of my Grandmother who grew up in Tenessee's cooking! I Love it!!! I also love this cake - mix or not. I used a Duncan Hines white cake mix (just my personnal preference and it came out great! I have always loved Pink Lemonade, so I just had to try this! My whole family loved it. I will be making it again for our Seniors Social next week which is always a "Pot Luck" and they love me to make the desserts. I usually find something different, but very yummy, and this will fit the bill!
     Very refreshing and easy to bake. I followed the instructions perfectly. Toggled between the written ingredients and the video. I love Paula Deen. She makes cooking so easy and enjoyable.
    I used like many others the powdered drink mix that you add to bottled H20 and it was very strong and we did not like it at all. I am going to try and adjust this since I have another box of white cake mix. and see how it goes. I was excited about trying this recipe but very disapointed with this recipe and directions.
    Great recipe. I made this cake with my niece over the weekend and the family loved it!
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