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Gluten Free Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe


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  • Cupcakes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large lemon
  • 3/4 cup sugar – use divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free flour
  • Frosting
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Small pinch of kosher or fine sea salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, measured then sifted
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • Garnish
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus more for coating the lemon slices
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12 maraschino cherries with stems, patted dry



Step 1


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a standard muffin pan with paper liners.

Separate the egg whites from the yolks putting each into a large mixing bowl. Beat the egg yolks in a mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, on high speed for 5 minutes or until they are lemony yellow in color.

Zest the lemon then squeeze the juice. You should have ¼ cup of lemon juice, if not add a little water to make ¼ cup total. Add the lemon jest, juice and salt to the egg yolks. Mix to combine. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add ½ cup of sugar. Beat the mixture on medium speed for 4 minutes or until the mixture has doubled in volume. Turn the mixer to low and gradually beat in the flour. Mix until just combined.

Beat the egg whites on high speed with the whisk attachment until foamy. Gradually add in the remaining ¼ cup sugar. Continue to beat until glossy and stiff peaks form. Fold half of the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture then fold in the remaining whites. Fold until the mixture is no longer streaky. Put the batter into the muffin cups. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned and spring back slightly when touched. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Zest and juice the lemon – you should have approximately ¼ cup of lemon juice.

Beat the butter in a mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, until creamy. Add the lemon juice, salt, 1 cup of powdered sugar and the maraschino cherry juice. Beat until smooth. Add the remaining powdered sugar and beat until combined. Fold in the lemon zest.


Cut off a slice from each end of the lemon and slice into 6 thin slices. Combine ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water in a small sauce pan. Stir to combine and add the lemon slices. Bring mixture to a boil then lower the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour some sugar into a plate. Drain the liquid off the lemon slices and gently lay the slices on the sugar with a fork or tongs. Cover with more sugar and let them cool. When cool, cut the lemon slices in half and toss then around to coat slices evenly with sugar.

To assemble, frost the cupcakes

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