|Pink tastes like fun!|
Pink... that was the answer I received when I asked Liv what kind of cupcakes she wanted for her 12th birthday party. Pink? Ok... but what does pink taste like? Apparently pink tastes like "fun", but most importantly, with over 20 pre and early teen dancers coming to our party these cupcakes needed to be something special. Not the little girl, overly sweet, out of the box cupcakes of yeseryear.
Searching on "pink cupcakes", results for Pink Lemonade Cupcakes came up time and again mostly with variations on a couple of recipes seeming to be used over and over. Narrowing our choices down to two of our favorites, Liv came up with a great idea: Why not a cupcake taste test at the party? Done.
|From scratch version from Sweet Cheeks|
Sweet Cheeks in the Kitchen provided our favorite from scratch recipe bringing a cupcake with a lightly sweetened lemon flavor and a nice tender crumb. Pink Lemonade Concentrate provides the perfect addition to bring sweetness and tartness all at the same time and smiles to everyone who tasted.
|Enhanced cake mix from Foodie Bride|
Double batches of each version all wrapped in pretty, colorful liners caught nearly each girl's eye entering the house in full birthday party mode. Fresh from a week long dance intensive class, the girls were hot, tired and hungry. Pizza, strawberries and bananas were the first order of the day followed by a cooling dip into the pool and then... cupcakes!
Eager helpers had the cupcakes passed out in no time, at least one taste of each recipe, and then the girls were off to discuss the nuances and differences of each one. A white board was provided to keep track of their thoughts and votes as the girls spent an inordinate amount of time actually discussing appearance, texture, color and taste.
For appearance and color, most girls chose the "bright pink" cupcake which actually was colored somewhat accidentally. Not being a food color person, my experience with food dyes is somewhat limited. Let's just say that food color gels work exceptionally well, and one really does not need more than a very, very small amount to color a batch of cupcakes pink. Hence... electric pink cupcakes which actually rated very high on the appearance scale.
Texture... the scratch cupcake barely edged out the mix version for texture, though the preferences here were not very strong. Comments of "light and airy" were given nearly equally to both cakes, though I will admit to personally preferring the from scratch cupcake over the mix version. The from scratch cake had a crumb that simply was preferable to me.
|Water slides work up an appetite!|
All tallied, the electric pink cake mix cupcake came out the winner, though not by much. Voting was split just about down the middle with 62% choosing the sweeter electric pink enhanced cake mix version. Would we make either of them again? Absolutely! Each version was made as written on the author's site and either version is wonderful, tasty, pretty and most importantly, fun. Pink is most definitely the way to go.
|Lucky Liv and her friends|