Pink Lady Cupcakes

in Cakes, Desserts

Growing up, I was a total tomboy who had to be bribed with candy to wear dresses, or fancy shoes, or anything remotely girly. And even now, I wouldn’t consider myself a super girly-girl. But every now and then, I totally give in and embrace it.  Case in point: Thursday night a friend scored tickets to the Twilight premiere, and yes I’m going. I have this weird love/hate thing with the Twilight series and am sort of excited to laugh my way through the movie.  I’ll be doing what any normal person would do at the premiere:  tweeting pictures, of course.  So if I end up getting tackled by some security dude, I’ll just blame it on all of you…

Back to cupcakes…these things taste down-right pretty;  they’re baby pink, paired with cream cheese frosting, and topped with shredded coconut. Try them. Embrace your girliness for gosh sakes, even if you’re a dude. Trust me–they’re worth it.

Here are a few other girly things I’m loving right now…


{Some of the season’s last peonies.}


{My favorite lace skirt.}

{My new pair of shoes.}

{A baby pink, gingham hair ribbon.}

{Berry baskets from the Farmer’s market. They’re so pretty and country-like.}

{…And the best tasting, most pretty batter in the world.}

Pink Lady Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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Yields two dozen cupcakes


2 1/4 cake flour (*see below for instructions on how to make cake flour)

1 1/2 cup sugar

6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

3/4 cup pureed strawberries

4 egg whites

1/3 cup milk

1 drop red food dye


4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened

3 ounces unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 350»F. Place liners in a standard muffin/cupcake tin.

Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixer bowl. With the electric mixer on low speed, blend for 30 seconds. Add the butter and strawberry puree and mix to blend the ingredients. Raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes; the batter will resemble strawberry ice cream at this point. (Adrianna note: In the original recipe, Deb warned to not try the batter, and of course, I did.  And it was incredible. Since then, I’ve been tempted to skip the baking part and just eat a cup of batter. Gross.)

In another large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk and red food dye, if using, to blend. Add the whites to the batter in two or three additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl well and mixing only to incorporate after each addition. Divide the batter amongst the muffin cups 3/4 of the way full.

Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes inside the muffin tins and then transfer to wire racks until throughly cooled.

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.

When the cupcakes are completely cooled, ice each cupcake and top with shredded coconut, if desired.

*Let’s make cake flour! Grab a bowl and measure out 1 cup of all-purpose flour, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and sift twice.  Then measure out whatever flour you need from there.

For this recipe I needed 2 1/4 cake flour.  I measured out two cups of all-purpose and added to a bowl.  I then added 4 tablespoons of corn starch and sifted it twice.  I then measured out 2 1/4 cups of the cake flour mixture from the bowl and I only had a smidgen left over.  If I botched the explanation, click for Deb’s explanation.

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

astheroshe June 21, 2010 at 4:20 am

those are soo pretty..and i bet taste great. I love your bubble-gum vodka too.. What could i bake with that bubble gum vodka??..hmmmm …cupcakes?


Katrina June 21, 2010 at 5:56 am

These are beautiful. They sound beautiful AND the photography is beautiful. Awesome.


Joanne June 21, 2010 at 7:01 am

I’ve never really been a girly girl either, but I do like to put on a cute dress and get a manicure every once in a while. I’m pretty sure just about anyone would love these cupcakes though! They sure are pretty in pink!


barelyvogue June 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Great looking cupakes soo yumm. Visit my blog to win a fun contest I am having right now


Erin Raatjes June 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Did I miss the * for how to make your own cake flour? These look amazing – by the way… :)


caroline k June 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm

erin, i was just going to write the same thing! i’ve been reading it over and over so i didn’t miss an obvious sentence or something…


Adrianna June 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Erin and Caroline–Apologies all around! I forgot to include it initially, but the explanation is there now!


Erin Raatjes June 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Yay! Thanks Adrianna. :) Excited to try this. :)


southern hostess June 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Your blog is fantastic! I love all the girliness, especially those cupcakes.


Jenwith1n June 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Where are those shoes from?! I love them. Cute blog btw!


Adrianna June 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Jen–They’re Jeffrey Campbell. I got them at Nordstroms but I bet you could find them lots of places. :)


millys mini kitchen June 22, 2010 at 3:32 am

these photos are so darn pretty!! I’m looking for a cococut cupcake recipe for my friends birthday on friday, and as i’m not a fan of TOO much coconut, the shredded coconut is a good idea. bookmarking this!


Farah June 22, 2010 at 4:29 am

Those cupcakes look amazing!



Heather @ Side of Sneakers June 22, 2010 at 4:51 am

Oh these sound just amazing!! I love all your pictures of “girly” things :)


Elle Sees June 22, 2010 at 6:20 am

oh, i need some of these cupcakes. loves.


Purse Pixie June 22, 2010 at 9:48 am

Those cupcakes look amazing! Nothing wrong with being a little girly now and then.


Amanda June 22, 2010 at 10:42 am

So very pretty!


Nicole June 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

What a pretty post of girly things! I love the cupcake wrappers :)


Danny June 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Congrats on making the LA Times! Love ya!

-your bro


Emma June 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

these look perfect, i can’t wait to try them!


Amy (Sing For Your Supper) June 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

These are just gorgeous! So delicate and dainty looking- since I’m a HUGE girly-girl, I’ll definitely be making these soon!


Dina June 24, 2010 at 7:18 pm

lovely photos and the cupcakes look yummy!


Denise June 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I’ve never been a girly-girl either and yet now in my later 40’s I’m becoming more and more so! My favorite new things are pink, frilly, high-heeled and most definately more fitting for a 20-something girly-girl. But ask me if I care! Haha, I stumbled upon this blog and I love it already!!


Brodie June 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Did you get your cupcake liners from Surfas?


Adrianna June 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Hi Brodie–I actually got them off of the site Bake It Pretty. They have amazing stuff like stripey straws, unique cupcake liners, and great packaging for baked goods. Hope that helps!


Abi June 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm

oh my goodness!! those shoes are amazing! where did you get them??


Adrianna June 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Abi–I got them at Nordstroms but I know you can get them on Free People’s website (where I originally spotted them). They literally go with everything in my closet.


yummy supper June 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

As a not-so-girly-girl myself, I am loving your assortment of girly items. Pink peonies and coconut coated cupcakes – you are making me smile:


la mujer June 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

pink cupcakes with coconut topping, yummy!


pat November 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I love your pink shredded coconut cupcakes, I need to know how to make coconut pink, I am making a pink poodle cake for my grandaughters 6th birthday and I want to tint the coconut pink, do you have any suggestions


pat November 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I need help with making pink coconut for a pink poodle cake


Adrianna November 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm

hi pat! i’d say go to michael’s (or online) and buy white and red food coloring. mix the coconut with the two food colorings until it all turns pink. and then just lay out on a baking sheet to fully dry. i thiiiinnk it should work. good luck!


Terri November 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

hi! i found your website via stumbleupon and was immediately attracted to your oh-so-pretty pink cupcakes! a day later i tried your recipe with very novice baking hands and came up with these:!/sundaecone888/status/134943499249401858/photo/1 and these:!/sundaecone888/status/134965825810599936/photo/1. i don’t think i got it perfect–the first batch came out crispy on the top like muffins, so i turned the oven temp down by 25 degrees–but they taste and look really good, so i’m not complaining. thanks for sharing! appreciate it much! ^^


Kimberly May 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Hi! I made these cupcakes and they are delicious! However mine turned out brown on the outside with a bare hint of dark pink in the very middle. How did you get yours to be such a beautiful light pink color?? Thanks!


laura April 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

This recipe needs more baking soda. I made these and found them to be a bit flat. I see that you adapted the recipe from smittenkitchen, and so I checked your calculations there and there should be 2 and 1/2 to 2 and 3/4 tsp of baking powder.

I’m going to try them again.


Toni franco April 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

These look so amazing I hope they are, but you don’t say anything about the strawberries being pureed. Do you mean fresh ones and do them yourself or buy them already pureed? Please help!


Adrianna Adarme April 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I took about 1 cup of strawberries and put them in a blender or food processor. Should puree up very easily!


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