Pink Lady Cupcakes

Cakes, Desserts

Growing up, I was a total tomboy who had to be bribed with candy to wear dresses, or fancy shoes, or anything remotely girly. And even now, I wouldn’t consider myself a super girly-girl. But every now and then, I totally give in and embrace it. Case in point: Thursday night a friend scored tickets to the Twilight premiere, and yes I’m going. I have this weird love/hate thing with the Twilight series and am sort of excited to laugh my way through the movie. I’ll be doing what any normal person would do at the premiere:  tweeting pictures, of course. So if I end up getting tackled by some security dude, I’ll just blame it on all of you…

Back to cupcakes…these things taste down-right pretty;  they’re baby pink, paired with cream cheese frosting, and topped with shredded coconut. Try them. Embrace your girliness for gosh sakes, even if you’re a dude. Trust me–they’re worth it.

Here are a few other girly things I’m loving right now…


{Some of the season’s last peonies.}


{My favorite lace skirt.}

{My new pair of shoes.}

{A baby pink, gingham hair ribbon.}

{Berry baskets from the Farmer’s market. They’re so pretty and country-like.}

{…And the best tasting, most pretty batter in the world.}

Pink Lady Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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Yields two dozen cupcakes


2 1/4 cake flour (*see below for instructions on how to make cake flour)

1 1/2 cup sugar

6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

3/4 cup pureed strawberries

4 egg whites

1/3 cup milk

1 drop red food dye


4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened

3 ounces unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 350»F. Place liners in a standard muffin/cupcake tin.

Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixer bowl. With the electric mixer on low speed, blend for 30 seconds. Add the butter and strawberry puree and mix to blend the ingredients. Raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes; the batter will resemble strawberry ice cream at this point. (Adrianna note: In the original recipe, Deb warned to not try the batter, and of course, I did. And it was incredible. Since then, I’ve been tempted to skip the baking part and just eat a cup of batter. Gross.)

In another large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk and red food dye, if using, to blend. Add the whites to the batter in two or three additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl well and mixing only to incorporate after each addition. Divide the batter amongst the muffin cups 3/4 of the way full.

Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes inside the muffin tins and then transfer to wire racks until throughly cooled.

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.

When the cupcakes are completely cooled, ice each cupcake and top with shredded coconut, if desired.

*Let’s make cake flour! Grab a bowl and measure out 1 cup of all-purpose flour, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and sift twice. Then measure out whatever flour you need from there.

For this recipe I needed 2 1/4 cake flour. I measured out two cups of all-purpose and added to a bowl. I then added 4 tablespoons of corn starch and sifted it twice. I then measured out 2 1/4 cups of the cake flour mixture from the bowl and I only had a smidgen left over. If I botched the explanation, click for Deb’s explanation.

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  • Reply tytry errwerqwd April 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts οn Coconut.

  • Reply Toni franco April 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    These look so amazing I hope they are, but you don’t say anything about the strawberries being pureed. Do you mean fresh ones and do them yourself or buy them already pureed? Please help!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      I took about 1 cup of strawberries and put them in a blender or food processor. Should puree up very easily!

  • Reply laura April 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This recipe needs more baking soda. I made these and found them to be a bit flat. I see that you adapted the recipe from smittenkitchen, and so I checked your calculations there and there should be 2 and 1/2 to 2 and 3/4 tsp of baking powder.

    I’m going to try them again.

  • Reply Kimberly May 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Hi! I made these cupcakes and they are delicious! However mine turned out brown on the outside with a bare hint of dark pink in the very middle. How did you get yours to be such a beautiful light pink color?? Thanks!

  • Reply Terri November 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    hi! i found your website via stumbleupon and was immediately attracted to your oh-so-pretty pink cupcakes! a day later i tried your recipe with very novice baking hands and came up with these:!/sundaecone888/status/134943499249401858/photo/1 and these:!/sundaecone888/status/134965825810599936/photo/1. i don’t think i got it perfect–the first batch came out crispy on the top like muffins, so i turned the oven temp down by 25 degrees–but they taste and look really good, so i’m not complaining. thanks for sharing! appreciate it much! ^^

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