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Pink Velvet Cupcakes Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

Indulge in the perfect blend of rich flavor and stunning aesthetics with our pink velvet cupcake recipe. Discover the magic of baking these delightful treats at home.

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Delicious pink velvet cupcakes are a delightful twist on classic red velvet cupcakes, offering a unique flavor and a charming pink color that’s perfect for any special occasion. 

The amount of food coloring can vary, allowing for different shades of pink to be created from light pink to a bright color. This colorful twist makes pink velvet cupcakes especially popular for events like baby showers, Valentine’s Day, birthday parties or any occasion that calls for pink cupcakes. 

Pink Cupcakes are the perfect combination of aesthetics and taste, making them a sought-after sweet treat for those who appreciate both whimsy and flavor.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating these rosy-hued treats.

What are Pink Velvet Cupcakes? 

Homemade pink velvet cupcakes boast a flavor reminiscent of their classic red velvet counterpart, featuring a subtle cocoa powder essence coupled with a moist and tender crumb.

The incorporation of buttermilk and vinegar adds a unique texture and a delightful hint of tanginess. The overall pink velvet taste is a balance of sweetness, ensuring that the cocoa flavor doesn’t overpower.

Tangy cream cheese frosting, a common pairing with these cupcakes, contributes an additional layer of creamy richness. While the exact taste may vary slightly depending on the recipe, pink velvet cupcakes deliver a delicious and well-rounded treat, perfect for those who appreciate a touch of cocoa-infused sweetness with a hint of tang. 

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How to Make Pink Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners

Using a large mixing bowl, beat together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar until combined.

Place the cubed butter, and the dry ingredients into a standing mixer and beat until combined

Add in the eggs, one at a time until combined. 

Stir in 2 drops of pink food coloring until you achieve your desired shade of pink, add more if needed. When adding food coloring, do so gradually until you achieve the desired shade of pink. This allows you to control the color intensity without overdoing it.

Spoon cupcake batter equally among the cupcake liners, filling each about two-thirds full.
Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients for the delicious cream cheese frosting except for the sprinkles and beat until combined and smooth and stiff

Use a piping bag or a spatula to frost cooled cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting.
Pour the sprinkles into a small bowl

Frost cupcakes around the top of the cupcake

Carefully dip the frosting ring into the sprinkles and completely coat
the frosting

Pipe a dollop of frosting in the middle of the cupcakes.

Repeat steps until all cupcakes have been frosted

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Pink Velvet Cupcake FAQs

What are some creative ways to decorate pink velvet cupcakes?

Pink velvet cupcakes can be decorated with various toppings such as cream cheese frosting, sprinkles, edible glitter, or fresh berries. You can also use themed decorations for special occasions, like heart-shaped decorations for Valentine’s Day.

Can I use different frostings besides cream cheese frosting?

While cream cheese frosting is a classic choice, you can experiment with different frostings like buttercream frosting, white chocolate ganache, or even a flavored whipped cream to suit your taste preferences.

How should I store pink velvet cupcakes?

Store pink velvet cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. If refrigerated, they can last for about a week. For longer storage, consider freezing them in an airtight container for up to three months.

pink velvet cupcakes

Pink Velvet Cupcake Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Indulge in the perfect blend of rich flavor and stunning aesthetics with our pink velvet cupcake recipe. Discover the magic of baking these delightful treats at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ C all purpose flour
  • ¾ C baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ C sugar
  • ½ C cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ C buttermilk
  • 8 drops of soft pink gel food coloring
  • 1 - 8oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 3 ½ C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large piping bag with star tip

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners

Using a large mixing bowl, beat together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar until combined.

Place the cubed butter, and the dry ingredients into a standing mixer and beat until combinedAdd in the eggs, one at a time until combined. 

Beat in the vanilla and buttermilk and mix until combined

Stir in 2 drops of pink food coloring until you achieve your desired shade of pink, add more if needed.

Spoon batter equally among the cupcake liners, filling each about two-thirds full.

Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients for the delicious cream cheese frosting except for the sprinkles and beat until combined and smooth and stiff

Use a piping bag or a spatula to frost cooled cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting.

Pour the sprinkles into a small bowl

Frost cupcakes around the top of the cupcake

Carefully dip the frosting ring into the sprinkles and completely coatthe frosting

Pipe a dollop of frosting in the middle of the cupcake

Repeat steps until all cupcakes have been frosted

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