Gorgeous, right? Instead, my cake ended up looking like this:
I'm going to vent for a sentence: Recipes like this, the ones that don't work, really frustrate me because I think they are why some people are convinced they can't cook.
I really wanted to give the recipe a chance and followed it as it was written, but I should have known that the recipe would not have produced the cake in the picture. Take the color alone: the recipe calls for a lemon cake mix and lemon pudding mix, both of which have a lot of yellow food coloring. The recipe also calls for the addition of a little bit of red food coloring. What happens when you add red to yellow? You're right! You get the nasty orange color of my cake, not the beautiful, summery pink of the cake in the recipe picture.(In fact, I'm positive that the picture shown with the recipe is not a picture of what the recipe makes. How on Earth could it be?)
Here are some other disappointments: The cook time was too long. My cake didn't come close to the end of the 60 minutes before I could tell it was over-cooked; between the lemon cake mix, the lemon pudding mix, and the pink lemonade concentrate, the lemon flavor was very artificial and cloying; the texture was heavy, dense, and gummy; the glaze was a disaster, and I even used half the amount of concentrate called for and 3 times the amount of powdered sugar called for.
We were all disappointed, me, my husband, my kids (though my husband did manage to choke down a slice--he's a trooper!).
So, what to do now? I love the idea of a Pink Lemonade Cake, it sounds so wonderful and perfect for summer, so I'm going to take the challenge: I am going to come up with my own recipe for Pink Lemonade Cake. It may or may not be in the form of a bundt cake, so stay tuned--and wish me luck!