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Pink Lemonade Cake

By September 5th, 2018 Cake, Entertaining, Holidays + Seasons

Pink Lemonade goes from the glass to the cake plate with this citrusy, sweet dessert.


I’ll take mine in a cake please! She said when he offered her pink lemonade.
Fluffy frosting covers cake layered with pink lemon curd. Oh my! Kind of the perfect dessert ever created.

Pink Lemonade Cake

For the filling I made a traditional lemon curd but added some cranberry juice for a pink punch. Just like your favorite summer drink! The frosting is my lemony version of 7-minute icing (a fluffy, quick-meringue type frosting). I added lemon juice to give it a little zing of course.

You’ll want to frost the cake right after you make the icing. This type of icing stiffens quickly and loses it’s smooth spread. Once you get your perfect swirls and peaks on the cake though, it will hold it’s beautiful form for quite a while!

Pink Lemonade Cake

I candied some lemon zest to put on top. It’s a fancy feature you’re welcome to do as well! However no one will complain if there’s none, or some fun sprinkles instead.


5 from 2 votes
Pink Lemonade goes from the glass to the cake plate with this citrusy, sweet dessert.
Pink Lemonade Cake
Work Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
To make the white lemon cake layers, add 2 tbsp lemon zest to a white cake mix or your favorite white cake recipe.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pink Lemonade Cake
Calories: 1732 kcal
For the Cake:
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large egg plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • 2 Layers (8-inch) white lemon cake layers
For the frosting:
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • Candied lemon zest
  1. To make the lemon curd filling, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, cranberry juice, lemon juice, egg and yolks in a medium heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture becomes very thick, 5 to 7 min. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture boils, then stir for 30 sec more. Transfer to a bowl over an ice bath to cool; add food coloring. Stir occasionally until completely cool, then cover with plastic wrap, pressing it onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming, and store in the fridge for up to a day.
  2. Trim domed tops from cakes and place one on a serving platter; spread cold lemon filling over the surface ½ inch from the edge. Top with second cake layer and place in the fridge while preparing frosting.
  3. To make the frosting, combine 1 cup sugar, lemon juice and corn syrup in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves; remove spoon. Brush insides of pan with a wet pastry brush to remove any sugar crystals and place a candy thermometer into the mixture. Boil (do not stir) until the syrup registers 230°F about 2 min. While the syrup cooks, whisk the egg whites and remaining 2 tbsp sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. With the mixer on low speed, pour the sugar mixture into the egg whites in a slow, steady stream. Increase speed to high and beat until the mixture is thick and glossy, 5 min. Tint frosting with food coloring, then frost cake immediately. Garnish with candied lemon zest.
Recipe Notes

For the filling I made a traditional lemon curd but added some cranberry juice for a pink punch.

Nutrition Facts
Pink Lemonade Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1732 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 880mg 37%
Potassium 365mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 415g 138%
Sugars 385g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 4.8%
Vitamin C 114.6%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Tara Bench & Khalil Hymore
Photograph Kate Sears
Prop stylist Pam Morris


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