These Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes feature real lemons and strawberries
to create the perfect summer dessert!
I’ve always been a bit of an entrepreneur. I guess I’m secretly hoping that I’ll discover the next million-dollar idea. (Aren’t we all?) When I was a kid growing up in Charleston, SC, I actually did strike a million-dollar idea. I sold lemonade on the street in front of my house. Ok, so maybe it wasn’t a million dollar idea, but it sure felt like it to an 8-year old kid! And maybe other kids in the area did the same thing…*shakes fist at the guy selling pink lemonade around the corner*
Seriously, though, lemonade stands were serious business back in the late 80′s in Charleston. In case you’ve never visited, Charleston is hot. And there are a lot of tourists. We lived downtown amid all of the gorgeous antebellum homes…which meant we had a steady stream of tourists walking by our house. Hot tourists. And nothing looks better than a cup of cold lemonade when you’re hot, right? I even had an agreement with the drivers of the horse carriages in Charleston. If they’d stop to let the folks on their carriage buy lemonade, then I’d give them a free glass. Like I said, the lemonade stand business in downtown Charleston was ruthless!
As I now live on a quiet cul-de-sac in upstate New York, I don’t think my lemonade stand business would be all that prosperous anymore. So instead I bake things. A lot of things. One of the most recent desserts to come out of the Spiced kitchen are these delicious Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes. And just like a glass of real lemonade, I didn’t rely on any artificial flavorings to make these cupcakes happen. The cupcakes owe their citrus-y flavor to lemon zest and lemon peel, and the frosting uses real strawberries. My wife actually called the strawberry frosting “the stuff that’ll make a bakery famous.” Yeah, it’s that good!
I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious these Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes are! They’re the perfect summer desert! In fact, they’re so good that I might have to start a Strawberry Cupcake Lemonade stand in front of my house. That’s my next million dollar idea! (If you mention that you saw this post, I’ll give you a discount on your first cupcake, too.)