Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shirley Temple Cupcakes & The PINKEST Baby Shower Ever

We are going to be having a baby today! Well, NO not me! But my sister-in-law and my brother will be welcoming their new bundle of joy today! I can't wait to share a picture with all of you. But, before then you can enjoy these AMAZING Shirley Temple Cupcakes I made for the ALL PINK baby shower we held last month at my home. She has all boys at home; 1 husband (my brother... Lord, help her) + two awesome sons = a whole lot of boy. It was time we added some PINK to that house. (And by the way my sister-in-law HATES pink). Oh, boy! 

Shirley Temple Cupcakes
recipe found at Jennifer Cooks

1 box French vanilla cake mix (used: Betty Crocker Super Moist)
1 (12 oz.) can Diet or Regular 7-up or Sprite
2 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
1-2 drops of red food coloring

24 maraschino cherries, for garnish
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, stemmed and chopped

For Cupcakes, preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake tins with papers. Combine cake mix, soda and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Separate the batter in half and add 2 tbsp of cherry juice and drop of red food coloring to half of the cake mix. Fill the cupcake liners with half of pink mixture and half of the vanilla cake mixer and then bake. Bake according to package directions and then let cool completely before icing.

These were probably the BEST CUPCAKES I have ever made... in my almost two years of blogging! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE them and the icing on these cupcakes is what really makes them OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD. Try them and let me know how you like them!

The half pink and half vanilla cake mix is so slight, but it makes the world of difference in taste.

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
from Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, New York City

1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsp milk
9 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled to lukewarm
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups sifted powdered sugar

In a large bowl, on medium speed of an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the milk carefully and bet until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and beat well, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat for 3 more minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed until creamy and desired consistency.

Once cupcakes are frosted top with a stem cherry (or I used chocolate hearts for the theme of the baby shower).



  1. These cupcakes look amazing. I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Head on over to my blog to claim it. Have a great day!

  2. Those cupcakes are super cute, Tina! So pretty and they sound delicious!

  3. Congrats with the birth of your niece - Your sister-in-law will have to start liking pink - all little girls wants pink, pink and more pink! Enjoy Payton...

  4. These are so cute! And I am sure they taste delicious, too!

  5. Do you make the Vanilla Cake Mix according to the package directions? adding oil and eggs and water? or do you just add mix and sprite together?

  6. thats the same thing i was wondering
    maybe substitute the water for the soda?


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