lemonade

Jocelyn Delk Adams

Pink Lemonade Cake

To me, summer means long days at the beach, rooftop parties, family barbeques and drinking refreshing lemonade non-stop.

Lemonade is the drink I crave as it heats up outside.   The overwhelming citrus flavor that makes you pucker coupled with the precise amount of sweetness over a glass of ice is liquid perfection.  I simply can’t get enough.

pink lemonade cake

I have been adding lemonade flavor to everything this summer including this Pink Lemonade Cake.  I was inspired by the original Lemonade Cake on BHG which looked like a simple and delightful sheet cake that I could definitely have fun making!

I simply made the following small changes to the recipe:

  • I swapped the regular lemonade concentrate for pink lemonade concentrate in both the cake and frosting recipes.
  • I also added a few drops of red food coloring to both the cake and frosting recipes to punch up the cute pink color.

pink lemonade cake

The result was just what I expected: tart, sweet and delicious just like my beloved pink lemonade drink I adore.  If you are looking for the perfect summer dessert, you have found it right here.


Sarah Martens

Friday Finds 4.4

I’m going to call it – spring is just about here! I’m going to optimistically look past the gloomy, rainy weather we’ve been having and set my sights on sun and fun. To combat the cool weather blues, I’ve been filling my fridge with fresh spring produce. Let’s put it to good use with bright, healthy dishes that celebrate my favorite time of year!

There are times when you just need dessert first. I Wash… You Dry’s perfectly pink Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbet is the best way to start or end a meal.

Mix up your salad routine with this Mango, Chicken & Brown Rice Salad with Coconut-Ginger Dressing from Foodess. Loaded with fresh mango, creamy avocado, crunchy coconut and chicken; it’s a light, delicious meal – all in one bowl!

They say everything’s better with bacon and I think this recipe from Domesticate Me proves it. Could dinner get any better than Bacon Fried Rice with Broccoli and Wilted Greens? I don’t think so.

I’ll be sipping this Spring Thyme Lemonade from The Little Epicurean all summer long. It’s a decidedly sophisticated spin on a sunny-weather favorite.

When I need to indulge, I’m going to whip up Spicy Crab Wonton Nachos from The Little Kitchen. This inventive twist on classic nachos caught my eye and my appetite. Yum!

Bloggers, would you like your recipes to be included in our Friday Finds? Apply to be a BHG Insider here: BHG.com/BHGinsiders. And don’t forget to tweet at @BHG with your favorite recipes.

Think Spring!

Sarah Martens, Associate Digital Food Editor


BHG Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger: Blogging Over Thyme

Hi friends! I’m Laura, recipe developer and photographer behind Blogging Over Thyme.  I’m honored and thrilled to post on BHG’s Delish Dish blog today, and to share these festive, spring raspberry-lemonade cupcakes with you all! 

Did I mention that these babies are spiked with raspberry liqueur? Let’s get to it…

For today’s post, I decided to go back to my culinary industry roots. Cupcakes!

Before deciding to attend culinary school two years ago, I spent the better part of a year getting my hands dirty working as the head baker and decorated for a DC dessert food truck specializing in gourmet cupcakes.  My days were filled with flour, butter, and lots and lots of frosting. It was both dangerous and wonderful all at the same time!

Guest Blogger: Blogging Over Thyme

For that reason, cupcakes will always hold a very special place in my heart.  I love their versatility, portability factor, and the endless possibilities they present!  They are the dessert equivalent of a blank canvas.

My favorite cupcake flavors ever are spins on classic drinks or desserts–so when I discovered this Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade cupcake recipe hidden in the BHG archives, I was hooked.

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I followed the cake recipe exactly (using Chambord as my choice of raspberry liqueur), but made a few of my own twists on the raspberry frosting!

Instead of using food coloring, I chose to go ‘au naturale‘ by flavoring and coloring the frosting with freeze-dried raspberries. It is super easy and adds so much flavor.

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 Here is a breakdown of what you’ll need to do:

  • buy a 1.2 ounce package of freeze-dried raspberries (they sell these exact size packages at Trader Joe’s)
  • process the raspberries in a food processor until they resemble a fine powder (do this step at the last minute, as the powder will take on moisture as it sits)
  • sift the raspberry powder through a fine-meshed sieve, discarding the seeds
  • to account for the added sugar and dry frosting ingredients, reduce the powdered sugar quantity to 6.5 cups (from the original 7 cups) and add an additional 3-4 tablespoons of milk to smooth out the frosting
  • add the raspberry powder to the frosting after beating in the powdered sugar
  • add one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, in addition to the rest of the original ingredients listed

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Just look at that color! The freeze-dried raspberries add the prettiest (natural) pink hue to the frosting. It also adds a wonderful concentrated raspberry flavor that takes these cupcakes over the top.

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I can’t think of a better dessert to celebrate the first day of spring! Can you?

Don’t forget to grab the full recipe and instructions here.  Enjoy!


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Best of the Blogs: Summer Drinks

Peanut butter and jelly, strawberries and chocolate, summer and cool drinks – some things just go together.  When the temperatures rise there’s nothing better than an ice cold beverage which is why this month’s Best of the Blogs is showcasing some of this season’s tastiest sippers.

Yum! Who wouldn’t want to start their day with this Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie from Love & Olive Oil? Almond butter and almond milk give this fruity smoothie just a hint of nutty flavor.

 

 

Margaritas are a classic summer drink and this Cherry Lavendar Beer Margarita from Heather Christo looks like the perfect way to add a new twist.

 

This old-school Chocolate Italian Cream Soda from Brown Eyed Baker would be ideal for kids! Plus, you can use any flavors of syrup to make your own creation.

 

 

Take advantage of some of the season’s best flavors with this Berry Sangria from Kitchen Confidante. The recipe can only be made in a large pitcher so it’s the perfect excuse to get friends together!

 

 

This cute Frozen Strawberry Milk Slushie from Picky Palete gives the childhood drink a seasonal update. Top it with homemade whip cream for a decadent touch.

 

 

More frothy drinks and striped pink straws! This Frosty Coconut Mojitos from How Sweet It Is gets a boost of sweetness from coconut water, milk and rum.

 

 

Sometimes summer drinks can turn into a complicated concoction. If you prefer to keep it simple, try this three-ingredient Strawberry Mango Lemonade from Hott Mama in the City.

 

 

This Roasted Cherry Sangria from Foodie Crush looks the perfect party sipper. Add your own spin to the recipe by tossing in some of your favorite herbs or orange slices.

 

 

This Loaded Hibiscus Arnold Palmers from Vegetarian Ventures is an easy way to use up extra fruits and herbs you have around. Although the original only has blueberries, the sweet sipper can be customized with any fruity flavors to switch up the taste.

 

 

In my opinion, there’s one summer drink that comes out on top: Iced Coffee. A few sprigs of mint and sugar make this Iced Mint Coffee from With Style and Grace perfect for warm weather.

 

 

What’s your favorite cool summer drink? If you’re still looking for more refreshing sippers, take a look at our Tasty Seasonal Drinks Pinterest board. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

- Kenzie, BHG Social Media Editorial Assistant


BHG Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Chong – Carrot Lemonade

Hi everyone, I’m Jennifer Chong a photographer and designer living in Long Beach, California. I also write a lifestyle blog, where I share my favorite eats, travel spots and design loves.  I am so excited to be guest blogging and pinning for BHG’s Delish Dish this month! Be sure to follow my boards to see the latest!

Carrot Lemonade / Jennifer Chong for BHG

 

Today I am sharing with you all a refreshing summertime drink, Carrot Lemonade. So I bet some of you are thinking carrot and lemonade – what a weird combo! I thought so too, but I’m a fan of carrots and figured if it was too carroty I probably wouldn’t mind much.

 

Carrot Lemonade / Jennifer Chong for BHGCarrot Lemonade / Jennifer Chong for BHGSo what did I think? Refreshing and the flavors of the carrot aren’t overpowering. It’s easy to make and you don’t need a juicer; just simmer the carrots for 10 mins and then blend. I think next time I will add a bit of ginger zest in there, too. One of the best parts of this juice is that unlike most lemonades, you don’t need to add any sugar. You can even make it ahead of time, though I would suggest that you don’t add all the water until you are ready to serve as the carrot tends to thicken once cooled.

Carrot Lemonade / Jennifer Chong for BHG
A perfect drink to cool you down during this week’s July 4th celebrations. Do you mix other fruits and veggies with your lemonade? What else should I try?

Jennifer

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