Strawberry lemonade cake is a perfect summer potluck party recipe. Serve this moist and tart pink lemonade cake cold from the fridge or room temperature at your next backyard barbecue.
Spring is birthday season in our house. The girls have their birthdays a few weeks apart which makes for a busy season. This year, Little Pea had her First Communion the day before her birthday. Life was crazy and in the chaos, her birthday cake wasn't as delicious as I had hoped it would be.
I had surprised her with a gorgeous funfetti cake that turned out too heavy and too sweet on the inside. She was happy enough, but I felt bad that she was disappointed even a little by her own birthday cake this year.
We finally had a slower, more relaxed weekend so I decided to try a Take 2 on a MUCH more simple cake "just because." My little girl loves strawberry lemonade (or pink lemonade) so I whipped together this easy 9 x 13 sheet cake as a special Friday treat.
As we head into summertime with all it's special events to celebrate, you absolutely need to save this cake recipe. It is the perfect backyard barbecue or potluck party dessert because it is totally portable and only takes a few minutes to make.
Little Pea loved how it tastes just like pink lemonade but what really surprised me was just how much Handyman Tim ended up loving it. We all enjoy our cakes cold right out of the fridge and somehow that just really works well with this strawberry lemonade cake -- it really reminds you of the beverage it is imitating. Cool and refreshing for a hot summer evening but without the worry of melting like ice cream or popsicles.
Strawberry lemonade cake: sheet cake or cupcakes?
I made the strawberry lemonade cake into a simple 9 x 13 sheet cake, but you could easily adjust this to be cupcakes. I haven't tested the quantity, but I believe you would get at least 1 dozen cupcakes, possibly up to 2 dozen. If you try it, will you let me know? I'd be happy to adjust the recipe with a note!
Pink lemonade frosting:
There is strawberry lemonade in BOTH the cake and the frosting! The cake has a slightly pink hue to it and the frosting is a lovely light pink. It makes "just enough" frosting, not too much, which is great because my kids don't like cakes that are over frosted. If you plan to frost your cupcakes with a tall generous swirl, you might want to consider doubling the frosting portion of the recipe.
How to garnish a strawberry lemonade cake:
It is so pretty all on it's own, but I decorated the strawberry lemonade cake with a small sprinkle of some pink and blue confetti balls I had in my baking cabinet. They were the perfect festive final touch. You could also garnish with fresh strawberries or even thinly slice lemons if you like.