As much as I love to eat red velvet cupcakes, I’ve actually never made them myself. They always seemed a little intimidating to me, and the thought of adding a whole bottle of food coloring to my cupcake batter was a little overwhelming. When I came across this pink velvet cupcake recipe, I knew they needed to happen in my kitchen and soon!
They’re easy to make, use only a few drops of pink food coloring, and are made with super simple ingredients that I always have on hand. They’re adorable and delicious too!
My mini Pink Velvet Cupcakes look like they were made and decorated by a pro, but I promise, they are really easy to make. The cupcakes are soft and tender, thanks to my secret tip of adding buttermilk. I like to color my Pink Velvet Cupcakes with my natural food dye made from beets, or beet powder, but feel free to use whatever food coloring you like. I mix up the sweet batter and spoon it into my 24 Cup Bake Perfect Mini Muffin Pan by Sweet Creations for perfect results. I like this pan because of its non-stick surface so you don’t need to spray it and it has a channeled surface which ensures your treats bake evenly.
Everyone knows the best part of any cake is the frosting and it is no different with cupcakes. These Pink Velvet Cupcakes are topped off with not just any frosting, but my rich Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting, and I don’t stop there! I simply fill my Oodle Tip Disposable Decorating Bag with my frosting, cut the tip to my desired shape (a medium-sized star tip in this case) and then just pipe away. Also, I love to use my Sweet Creations Chocolate Decorating Pen to take these beauties to the next level. This kitchen tool is so useful as it makes difficult cake decorating as easy as writing with a pen. Fill the pen with chocolate and write away. You can just doodle – hearts, flowers, words, you name it. Now you see you don’t have to be a pro cake decorator to get amazing results.
My finished Pink Velvet Cupcakes are sure to put a smile on your Valentine’s face. Happy Valentine’s Day!
HOW TO MAKE PINK VELVET CUPCAKES
- I decided to change up the original instructions a little to make the cupcakes even lighter and more tender, and had super great results.
- You’ll start by whisking the dry ingredients together, then cutting in the butter. You’ll want the pieces of butter to be no larger than pea sized.
- Next you’ll add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. At this point the batter looks almost like cookie dough.
- Finally, you’ll add your liquids and food coloring to make a pretty pink batter! There are still tiny lumps of butter in there, which is what you want! The butter will create little air pockets in the cupcakes as they bake and help them be lighter and fluffier.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon pink paste food coloring
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
- 2 cups white baking chips
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Pink coarse sugar and sugar pearls
- In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and food coloring until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
- Fill 24 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, place white chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chips; whisk until smooth. Stir in butter. Transfer to a large bowl. Chill for 30 minutes, stirring once.
- Beat on high speed for 2-3 minutes or until soft peaks form and frosting is light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes. Roll edges of cupcakes with coarse sugar; decorate with sugar pearls. Store in the refrigerator.