Pink Lemonade Funfetti Cupcakes

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When these cupcakes popped up in my google reader I knew I wanted to make them right away. Pink lemonade is one of my favorite drinks and always reminds me of summer time.

Pink Lemonade Funfetti Cupcakes
Slight adapted from: Gina's Skinny Taste
Yield: 20 cupcakes
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Ingredients:
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 1/2 single-serve packets of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade drink mix
    • 18.9 oz. box funfetti cake mix
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 tbs. vegetable oil
    • zest from 1/2 a lemon
    • 1 drop pink food coloring
    • sprinkles

Directions:
1. Stir together the water and the pink lemonade mix.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 and line cupcake tins with paper liners.
3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the cake mix, applesauce, lemon zest, vegetable oil, food coloring and pink-lemonade mixture. Mix until all of the ingredients are combined.
4. Scoop the batter into the cupcake pans. Top with additional sprinkles and bake for 22 minutes.
5. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

I topped these with the cream cheese icing found here and added some additional sprinkles.

Gina's recipe calls for 2 1/2 tsp. of the pink lemonade mixture. I'm guessing we used different types, because 2 1/2 tsp. of the Crystal Light kind was so tart I knew it would make the cupcakes impossible to eat. I did end up with hot pink cupcakes instead of light pink ones because my "drop" of food coloring ended up as a blob. Oops! But hey, at least they'd be the perfect color for a little girls birthday party.

Even with the adjusted amount of pink lemonade mixture, these did pack quite a bit of punch but they're still really good.

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