Its Almost Summer...

That means its time for some Arnold Palmer cupcakes out by the pool =]

If you don’t know what an Arnold Palmer is, don’t feel bad, neither of my parents had any idea what I was talking about. For instance, direct quote from my dad, “You mean the golfer?”

Nope. Anyone thats ever worked in foodservice, AKA a restaurant, knows that Arnold Palmer means half iced tea half lemonade!

So for these cupcakes I went pretty old school and used the instant iced tea mix, its actually not that good by itself... ha. BUT in these cupcakes it is fabulous!

A really simple recipe too.

Iced Tea-Lemonade Cupcakes
-makes 24

1 cup milk
1 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup Instant Unsweetened Iced Tea Mix
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350. Whisk flour, iced tea mix, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in bowl of a mixer until combined.
2. Combine all wet ingredients, both milks, lemon juice and oil, in a separate bowl.
3. Slowly add wet ingredients to the mixing bowl containing the dry, and mix until combined evenly. Divide bater between 24 standard cupcake liners and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched.

Lemon Buttercream
-makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes

3 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3-4 tablespoons lemon juice
zest from 2 lemons

1. Add butter to bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream until smooth. Add lemon juice and zest to taste.
2. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until fluffy and creamy.
3. Frost cupcakes however you like! I used a simple star tip.

Enjoy this summer-friendly cupcake recipe!