Vanilla Cupcakes with Pink Frosting


altA little diversion today, from the last couple of months of holiday talk, to talk about children’s birthdays instead. 

My daughter celebrated hers recently and I made these sweet cupcakes for her birthday party.She requested the flavor – vanilla with strawberry frosting – all on her own and I was happy to oblige. It was kind of fun that they didn’t have anything to do with the holidays, just happy cupcakes with pretty pink frosting for my little girl.


  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 ½ cups cake flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 – 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with liners and set aside.

2. In an electric mixer cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat well until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix well.

3. Mix together the flours and slowly add them into the mixer with it on low speed, alternating with the milk. Once everything is incorporated stop the mixer. Fill each muffin cup about ½ to ¾ full and smooth the tops. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins are lightly browned and spring back when touch.

4. To make the frosting beat the butter and 6 cups of sugar until completely smooth. Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor and strain out the seeds if desired. Pour the strawberries into the sugar and mix well, adding the remaining two cups of sugar bit by bit until the frosting becomes nice and thick. Pipe it onto the cupcakes with a pastry bag or use an offset spatula.