I made these cupcakes for Jolie's 4th Birthday party (with family and a few close friends)....not only were they a HUGE hit to the Birthday Girl but also for the adults. They came out moist, delicate and yummy! I was even able to make them pretty with the pink icing and pink sprinkles on top (although I'm looking for more practice and advise as to how to perfect the skill of decorating cupcakes using frosting in a pastry bag with a tip....please send your words of wisdom my way if you have any tips!).
The recipe for the cupcakes and frosting comes directly from a little gem of a cook-book called, Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey - Treats for Kids. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cook-book. It has fabulously scrumptious recipes (can you tell from the title?!?) that are easy to follow and most often are accompanied by a beautiful picture or two. Go ahead take my advice and treat yourself to this cook-book....you won't regret it! ;-)
Here are the "members"/ingredients that make up the cupcakes...
....Cake Flour (love this stuff!), Baking Powder, Sugar, Salt, Unsalted Butter, Whole Milk, Egg Whites, Vanilla Extract and lastly, Pink or Red Food Coloring (I used Pink Gel Food Coloring but will next time use Red Food Coloring because I don't think the Pink Gel gave me enough color).
Pinkalicious Princess Cupcakes
(recipe from the Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey - Treats for Kids cook-book)
Makes 18 cupcakes
2 1/4 cups Cake Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter - at room temperature, cut into 8 pieces
1 cup Whole Milk - at room temperature
4 LARGE Egg Whites - at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pink Gel Food Coloring or liquid Red Food Coloring
Directions for Cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with eighteen paper liners - I used PINK paper liners to go along with the whole "pink" theme. ;-)
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt - put into a large bowl. Add the butter pieces to the flour mixture and beat together on low speed.....
While you are beating the flour mixture with the butter pieces slowly add in the milk....a little at a time....
Continue beating the batter for 2 minutes.
3. Slowly add in the egg whites.....
and vanilla extract into the batter. Beat on high speed for about 1-2 minutes...scraping the bowl occasionally. While beating the batter add in food coloring to achieve your desired shade of pink....
4. Fill the lined muffin cups about 2/3's of the way full. I found that by using 1 heaping scoop of batter from an ice scoop perfectly filled my cupcake liners.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes while you make the frosting.
Pink Marshmallow Fluff Icing
(recipe from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids)
*Double this recipe if you wish...I only made a 1/2 of the original recipe and was easily able to frost all 18 cupcakes with frosting left over....these are the ingredients and amounts that I made for this recipe amount...
1 jar (7.5 oz) of Marshmallow Fluff
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter - at room temperature, each stick cut into 4 pieces
3 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
Pink Gel Food Coloring (this worked great to tink the frosting a light pink color)
1. Spoon Fluff into a large bowl and beat on medium speed. Add in the butter pieces one at a time, beating well between each addition. When the butter is completely incorporated, and the mixture is light and fluffy, beat in the 3 cups of SIFTED pwdered sugar, the vanilla extract and the salt.
2. Add in food coloring as you are beating the icing, 1-2 drop at a time, until your desired level of "pinkness" is achieved. Decorate your (completely cooled) cupcakes with either a knife or a pastry bag and tip of your choice. If you don't use the frosting immediately, cover and refrigerate. When ready to use bring to room temp before using.
Here are some pic's of Jolie blowing out her 4 candles on her Pinkalicious Princess Cupcakes with Pink Marshmallow Fluff Icing.....notice the pretty tarts in the background? My mommy made those. She is the Queen of Tarts I tell ya!
And....there she goes!
Jolie is pretty proud of herself...wouldn't you say?!?
Make yourself (and others) some Pinkalicious Princess Cupcakes with Pink Marshmallow Fluff Icing....you won't regret it! And plus it's so much fun to say such a title of a cupcake fast!