Pinkalicious Cupcakes

pinkalicious-cover-tinyIf you have young kids, there is a decent chance that you know all about Pinkalicious.  The story, by Victoria and Elizabeth Kahn, is about a little girl who eats an entire plate of pink cupcakes.  When she wakes up the next morning, much to her great delight, she has turned completely pink.  The New York Times best selling book has become something of a sensation and has spawned a stage musical, as well as a second book, Purplicious.

When it was time for my daughter’s birthday party, there was no other option but to have a cooking party and make Pinkalicious cupcakes!   I looked at many recipes, including one provided on the Pinkalicious website, but in the end, the short-cut baker in me (click here for more of my short-cut baked recipes) settled on a barely doctored boxed cake mix for the party.  Maybe the texture and depth of flavor aren’t as fabulous as a scratch recipe, but I’m pretty sure the 4 and 5 year olds at the party didn’t notice.   Pair with some pink lemonade for a perfectly Pinkalicious party! 

Embrace pink—the easy way!

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Makes 2 dozen cupcakes

Add 3-4 drops of red food coloring to 1 box “Classic White” cake mix (I used Pillsbury, which is not processed in a facility with nuts).  Make sure you use white not yellow cake mix or the color will be all wrong.

Prepare according to package directions, bake, and allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare frosting.  Again, frosting is easy enough to make, but to save time, I added 2-3 drops of red food coloring to  a prepared vanilla frosting (again, Pillsbury is great if you have any party-goers who are allergic to nuts). 

Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with the tip of your choice.  If you do not have a pastry bag (I like the disposable ones), snip the corner off a large ziplock plastic bag to fashion your own pastry bag.  Squeeze the frosting down into the bottom of the bag (the end with the tip or snipped hole) and pipe onto the cupcakes.  I find this a much faster, less messy way to frost cupcakes. 

Dip the frosted cupcakes in pink sprinkles for extra color.

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3 Responses to “Pinkalicious Cupcakes”

  1. Amelia's Crumbs Says:

    Thanks so much. We are doing a “Pinkalicious” theme for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. I was planning on bypassing the more difficult recipes to use boxed cakes mix myself. These look very cute.

  2. Ella Says:

    I usually don’t comment on blogs, but this recipe changed my opinion. I just write to say thank you!

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