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Make these Pink Velvet Cupcakes for a fun treat this Valentine’s Day. The fun pink color and the cream cheese frosting make these cupcakes taste amazing.

Pink Velvet Stacked on a cupcake stand
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Being a busy mom of 8, my kids and love easy cupcake recipes. This Pink Cupcake Recipe is soft, velvety smooth and full of flavor. They are the perfect cupcake to make for someone special this Valentine’s Day or for any occasion.

If you love this recipe, then try this Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

Pink cupcakes will make anyone smile. These cupcakes are made from scratch with simple pantry ingredients. We usually make Red Velvet Cake for the holidays, but these Pink Cupcakes have become our favorite holiday treat.

These cupcakes can be topped with your favorite pink and red sprinkles for a fun activity to do with the kids.

Ingredients

Pink Velvet Cupcake Ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, buttermilk, pink food coloring, cream cheese, powdered sugar

For the Cupcakes 

  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Baking Powder 
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Butter, Softened
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Large Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Buttermilk
  • Pink Gel Food Coloring 

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream Cheese (softened) 
  • Unsalted Butter softened
  • Powdered Sugar sifted
  • Vanilla Extract

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Variations Ideas

  • Cake Mix – We love the flavor of a homemade cupcake from scratch. But we have made these with a cake mix and they turned out amazing.
  • Frosting – Feel free to use store bought frosting or make buttercream frosting or a chocolate frosting.

Step by Step Instructions 

For the Cupcakes: 

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  • Step 2 – Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Step 3 – In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.  
Beating the butter and sugar in a bowl

Step 4 – Using either a stand up or hand held mixer, combine the butter and sugar until thoroughly mix together (approximately 1 minute).

Mixing the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract in a bowl

Step 5 – Add in the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until these ingredients are combined and use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl as well.

Combining the buttermilk with the flour mixture

Step 6 – Slowly add in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk until both are thoroughly combined into the wet ingredients.

Adding in the pink food coloring to the cupcake batter

Step 7 – Add in pink food coloring until the batter is the color of pink that you prefer.

  • Step 8 – Pour the cupcake batter evenly into the cupcake liners in the muffin pan.  
  • Step 9 – Bake for 15-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Step 10 – Move the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely before topping with the frosting.  

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Beating the cream cheese in a bowl

Step 1 – Beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until smooth on medium speed.

Adding in the butter to the cream cheese

Step 2 – Add in the butter and beat until combined and smooth.

Mixing in powdered sugar and vanilla in  the cream cheese mixture

Step 3 – Then slowly add in the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time).  Mix after each cup is added. Continue to add until the frosting is thick and smooth. Then mix in the vanilla extract.

Frosted pink cupcakes on a cupcake stand

Step 4 – Top each cupcake with cream cheese frosting and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Combining Ingredients – Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix with a stand mixer or an electric mixer. Make sure to scrape down the sides to get all ingredients.
  • Cooled Cupcakes – Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients – Before combining the ingredients make sure the butter and cream cheese is softened. This creates a smooth and creamy texture.
  • Piping Bag – Make a beautiful topping on the cupcake by placing the frosting in a piping bag with a piping tip.
Pink Cupcake on a cupcake stand

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered, for up to 5 days. 

Can I freeze Cupcakes?

Yes, you can freeze cupcakes. We recommend freezing the cupcakes unfrosted and store in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Then when ready to serve, thaw the cupcakes at room temperature and then frost and decorate.

How to Decorate

There are many ways to decorate this sweet treats. Add your favorite sprinkles and frosting to share with everyone.

Pink Cupcake stacked on a plate

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Pink Velvet Cupcakes

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Make these Pink Velvet Cupcakes for a fun treat this Valentine's Day. The fun pink color and the cream cheese frosting make these cupcakes taste amazing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 389

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

Instructions

For the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Using either a stand up or hand held mixer, combine the butter and sugar until thoroughly mix together (approximately 1 minute).
  • Add in the oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until these ingredients are combined and use a spatula to scrape the edge of the bowl as well.
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk until both are thoroughly combined into the wet ingredients.
  • Add in pink food coloring until the batter is the color of pink that you prefer.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the cupcake liners in the muffin pan.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Move the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely before topping with the frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
  • Add in the butter and beat until combined and smooth.
  • Then slowly add in the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time).  Mix after each cup is added. Continue to add until the frosting is thick and smooth. Then mix in the vanilla extract.
  • Top each cupcake with cream cheese frosting and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered, for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 389kcal, Carbohydrates 50g, Protein 4g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 68mg, Sodium 263mg, Potassium 67mg, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 39g, Vitamin A 546IU, Calcium 53mg, Iron 1mg

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