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With the Spring temperatures warming and the sun just a shining, the back porch is the perfect setting for a little lemonade treat. Add in a girlfriend’s birthday and you have the perfect excuse to host a quick and easy Back Porch Lemonade Soiree.
I’m always on the lookout for shortcuts when hosting a gathering and the new Kraft Country Time Lemonade Starters caught my attention because it’s literally ready for ice. No powder. No sugar. No mess. The hardest decision is whether you want a glass or a pitcher! You literally just pour it into your glass, add water and enjoy. One container of the lemonade will make 6 quarts or 3 pitchers.
Of course, I can’t ever stop there. So I dressed up my glasses a bit with some sanding sugar around the rim, adding some lemon slices (so no one will know it’s not homemade) and popped in a festive straw.
I also converted a simple vanilla cake mix into both some Very Berry Lemonade Cupcakes & Whoopee Pies with the same batter.
For the cupcakes, simply combine a vanilla cake mix (had I thought about it harder, I probably would’ve used white), the eggs, and oil and substitute half of the required water with the Classic Lemonade. Line a cupcake pan with 6 cupcake liners and bake the cupcakes for about 14 mins or until the tops are domed and slightly browned.
While they are baking, get started on your Whoopee Pies.
And if you’re wondering why they look scalloped and not perfectly round it’s because I cut them with a biscuit cutter! I thought they needed a little more daintiness.
To your remaining cupcake batter, add 3 tbsp of the Very Berry Lemonade. The batter will be a pale pink so if you’d like a bit more color, add a drop of pink food coloring. Fill your whoopee pie pan.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes and allow to cool. Once cooled, break out the biscuit cutter and cut off the edges.
I used my basic buttercream recipe and made it Very Berry Lemonade-ish too by combining 1/2 stick a butter, 4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar and 3 tbsp of the Very Berry Lemonade concentrate to a stand mixer.
Put it in a pipping bag and went to work.
Use this buttercream to top your cupcakes, too.
Garnish however you’d please- I made mine look like little cocktails by adding some mint, a straw cut in half and a lemon wedge. I also sprinkled on some sanding sugar since I had it out from rimming the glasses.
Don’t they just remind you of Spring?!
Coordinate your gift wrapping and it becomes part of the decor.
Set out your rimmed glasses & lemonade. Pretty pink tulips because, well, they match your Very Berry everything.
Add your oh so cute cupcakes and you’re all set to invite over the girls.
Happy Birthday Michelle!
I found the Country Time Lemonade Starters at Walmart. They were located right in the center of the aisle with the other flavored add ins.
They come in 3 flavors: The Classic Lemonade, the Very Berry Lemonade as well as Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea. Unfortunately, my store didn’t have the Half & Half so I’m going to continue to stalk it until it arrives.
Have you ever tried the Lemonade mixes or do you prefer making your own?
I love them for the convenience and ease!