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Pink And Pretty Cupcakes With A Secret Ingredient

26 Jun

These are the type of cupcakes that would make any birthday girl grin. These are the type of cupcakes that would make any high school graduate feel like they are back in their second grade class getting Happy Birthday sung to them. These are the type of cupcakes that you need to make right now.

Let’s get things straight. These cupcakes lack culinary merit because there is no browned butter, balsamic reduction, or pinch of cayenne that can elevate a dessert to foodie acclaim. These are simply what they appear to be: good, old-fashioned fun.

The one kicker is that they use all-natural beets instead of food coloring to create the beautiful pink color. These are by no means health food, but I always try to cut back on artificial chemicals whenever possible. Amazingly, even Goose the resident vegetable-hater couldn’t tell at all! I take this as total encouragement to try using natural food dyes to give fun colors to baked goods in the future.

Make these cupcakes and prepare to see fully grown get nostalgic. Eat these cupcakes and simply be happy.

Electric Pink Vanilla Cupcakes with Sweet and Creamy Vanilla Frosting 

 

Cupcakes adapted from Take a Megabite

Bakery Style frosting from Sweetopia

Yield 24

Ingredients:

Hot Pink Cake

  • 1 can of beets
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
Bakery style vanilla fronting
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened (or microwave for 15-18 seconds)
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. To make the cake, start by pouring the liquid from a can of beets into a small saucepan. Allow the beet juice to simmer for 10-15 minutes uncovered, or until the beet juice reduces down to about two tablespoons.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and beet juice until light and fluffy. Add eggs, One at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk until blended.
  4. Fill each paper-lined muffin cup two-thirds full. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans and cool the rest of the way on a wire rack.
  5. While the cupcakes cool, whip the butter for 5 minutes on medium speed in the bowl of a mixmaster with the paddle attachment until the butter becomes very pale & creamy.
  6. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 5 minutes. Frosting will be very light, creamy, and fluffy.
  7. To frost the cupcakes the old fashioned way spoon about two tablespoons of frosting on top of each cupcake, then spread the frosting out to the edges. Use the backside of the spoon to smooth the fosting into a dainty little mound on top of the frosting, then use small wrist motions to make subtle brushstrokes in the frosting.
  8. Place 2-3 gummy bears or any other candy that you want on top of each cupcake. Top it all off with an assortment of sprinkles. Enjoy!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Thumbprint Cookies

15 Feb

Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, there is a good chance that you (or your kids) have accumulated a decent sized stash leftover candy. This is a great way to get your kids to fork over their massive candy pile and get them cooking in the kitchen with you instead. I was lucky enough to have my two favorite sous chefs, my little sisters, to help my whip up these easy cookies. They loved the bright pink hue of the cookies, but you could mix it up with any color you want.

Freshly Baked Cookies!

Instead of plowing through a pile of chocolates, why not transform your candy stash into a batch of melty, yummy cookies! These are great to make after any chocolate fest, from Easter to Halloween because you can customize these cookies with any candy or filling you have on hand. These bright, sparkly cookies are the perfect treat for a birthday party or a girl’s night in. These only yield 12-15 cookies, so you may want to double the recipe if you are baking for a crowd.

Hot pink dough

Rolling the balls of dough in sanding sugar

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cookies

Adapted from Lemon Drop’s Valentine’s Day Softies and Cooking Light’s Raspberry Stripers

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp salt
  • 1/3 Cup granulated sugar +  3/4 Cup for rolling
  • 5 Tbs butter
  • 1 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg white
  • 1 1/2 Tsp red food coloring (you can get natural food coloring from Whole Foods)
  • 1/4 Cup red sanding sugar
  • 12-15 pieces of candy, spoonfuls of jam, or any other filling you choose (we used cherry jam, Hershey’s Hugs, and Heart-shaped Peppermint Patties)

Rosie pressing the Hugs into hot-out-of-the-oven cookies

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit  and line two baking pans with parchment paper, then set the pans aside
  2. Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl, then set aside
  3. Beat sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended
  4. Add the vanilla, egg white, and food coloring to the sugar mixture, and beat well
  5. Add the flour mixture to sugar mixture and stir well until well-blended
  6. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 15 minutes
  7. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and roll it into 2-inch balls
  8. Roll each ball in the sugar, then place them on the tray
  9. For  filled cookies use  your thumb to make an impression, then spoon in your filling of choice (we used sour cherry jam)
  10. Bake cookies for 12 minutes, or up to 15 minutes for the filled cookies
  11. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 2-3 minutes, then gently press your candy into the center

Bake these cookies for a special treat to brighten up a regular day or to serve at a fun occasion!

Adorable food layout by Rosie (she took some great photos of the cookies all by herself)