Pink & White Vanilla Delight Cupcakes

IMG_24934Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so in keeping with our ‘Valentine’s Day Baking‘ theme, we have yet another Valentine’s recipe to share with you guys!

This is my favorite recipe yet. These Pink & White Vanilla Swirl Cupcakes really are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
These cupcakes have a cake-like consistency (from the cake flour), and are light, tender and fluffy.
They even taste delicious without the icing – we almost ate them all up before icing them!

Really though, the best thing about these cupcakes is obviously how pretty they are.
They really are gorgeous to look at – the pink & white marbled cake with the bright pink & white swirl icing make these cupcakes the ultimate Valentine’s treat!

Happy Valentine’s Baking!

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Pink & White Vanilla Delight Cupcakes
Beautiful pink & white marbled cupcakes topped with a pink & white swirl buttercream icing.
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Ingredients
  1. (yield: approx. 2 dozen cupcakes)
  2. 5 large egg whites, at room temperature
  3. 3/4 cup (total) whole milk, at room temperature
  4. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  5. 2 3/4 cups cake flour, sifted
  6. 1 3/4 cups sugar
  7. 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  10. pink or red food colouring
For the Vanilla Buttercream Icing
  1. 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  3. 4 cups icing sugar
  4. 4-5 tablespoons milk (preferably whole milk)
  5. pink food colouring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the egg whites, 1/4 cup of the whole milk, and the vanilla extract. Stir till combined; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine all the dry ingredients together (cake flour, sugar, baking powder, & salt) on low speed for approx. 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the butter and the remaining 1/2 cup of whole milk & mix on low speed until just combined. Increase speed to medium and mix for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the egg mixture in three separate batches, beating on medium speed for approx. 20 seconds after each addition.
  6. Divide the batter in half and add a good amount of pink food colouring to one half of the batter. Mix until the food colouring is coated evenly.
  7. Using a spoon, put a spoonful of white batter into each cupcake cup. Top with a spoonful of pink batter, and repeat until cups are 2/3′s full. After, use a butter knife to gently marble the colours.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (A few little crumbs on the toothpick is good – you don’t want to overcook them!).
For the Icing
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth. Add the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the icing sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the milk and beat on medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes until icing is light and fluffy. You may need to add a little more milk to get it to the consistency of your liking. Divide icing into two batches, and mix in the pink food colouring to one of the batches.
  2. To get the pink and white swirl icing – Using a piping bag fitted with a 1M star tip, fill one side of the icing bag with white icing, and the other side of the bag with the pink icing.
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Happy Baking!
Natasha & Laura xo

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