My Princess Turns 5: Pink Strawberry Cupcakes

What little girl won’t adore these Pretty in Pink Strawberry Cupcakes for their birthday?

Pretty in Pink Strawberry Cupcakes by FamilySpice.com

What happened to my pretty princess? She has grown up so fast. My youngest turns five tomorrow and I am sad. She is in kindergarden full time now. She’s my happy joyful girl. She wakes up with a smile and gives me hugs and kisses every morning. She brought pink into our lives, which was filled with blues, greens, Batman and Pokémon when she arrived.

Last year she had her Princess Tea Party. This year her big cousin led the birthday girl and her friends in a dance and gymnastics games. They sang their heart out from “California Gurls” to “Mamma Mia.” They twirled their batons and shook their booties. It was a sight to see!

Pretty in Pink Strawberry Cupcakes by FamilySpice.com

My girl wanted pink cupcakes. So I made her some Pretty in Pink Strawberry Cupcakes. I made 45 cupcakes. I frosted them with big swirls of cream cheese frosting. I found these cute cupcake holders at Michael’s, along with the beautiful pink pearls of sugar. Perfect for my pink-loving princess.

It was a beautiful day.

And she’ll always be my baby!

Pink Lady Cup Cakes (Strawberry Cup Cakes)

Whether you want to wow your guests with an elegant 3-tier strawberry cake, or if you want to impress your little princess with beautiful pink cupcakes, this recipe is sure to please everyone! Recipe adapted from Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cup granulated sugar
  • 18 oz butter, unsalted, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries, frozen, puréed*
  • 4 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 5 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 8 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 drops red food coloring, (optional)
  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Apply non-stick spray to three 9-inch round or 8-inch square cake pans. You can also butter the pans and then line with parchment or waxed paper and butter the paper. You can also line a 36-cup baking pan with liners.
  3. Using a stand mixer cream until light and fluffy:
    • 3 cup granulated sugar
    • 12 oz butter, unsalted , softened
  4. Mix in:
    • 1 1/2 cup strawberries, frozen , puréed*
  5. Whisk together in a large bowl:
    • 4 1/2 cup cake flour
    • 5 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 3/4 tsp salt
  6. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
  7. In small bowl whisk together:
    • 8 egg whites
    • 2/3 cup milk
    • 2 drops red food coloring , (optional)
  8. Add half of the milk mixture to the rest of the batter and mix until incorporated, about 30 seconds.
  9. Add the remaining half and mix for another 30 seconds.
  10. Divide the batter among the prepared pans.
  11. Bake the cakes for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Allow the layers to cool in the pans for 10 to 15 minutes.
  13. Invert and turn cakes out onto cooling rack and peel off the paper liners (if used).
  14. Let stand until completely cooled before assembling the cake, at least an hour.
  15. While cake cools, make the frosting.
  16. Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment mix until well combined:
    • 24 oz cream cheese , softened
    • 6 oz butter, unsalted , softened
    • 3 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  17. Keep frosting in the refrigerator until ready to use on the cake.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: *Note: Frozen strawberries are used instead of fresh. If you want to use fresh strawberries, freeze them first and then use. This will dry the strawberries enough to prevent a soggy cake. You can also try this with frozen raspberries, but it will yield more of purplish-color cake.

Prep Time:

Yield: 36 cakes

Cook Time:

Pink Lady Cup Cakes (Strawberry Cup Cakes) Detail

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