Bright Pink Lipstick Day 2014

This Friday, September 26th is Bright Pink lipstick day. Join in and wear bright pink lipstick for the cause!

Bright pink lipstick dayBright Pink Lipstick is an annual event (now in it’s 3rd year) in partnership with Pink Hope that aims to not only raise awareness about Breast and Ovarian cancers (and funds), but also to encourage women to be proactive about their breast and ovarian health, by starting a conversation about their hereditary health.

I support a lot of causes, but charities to do with Breast cancer hold a personal meaning to me, as my late grandmother battled breast cancer. It is important to discuss any hereditary health issues with your family. You shouldn’t have to face it alone and you can take the first step in looking into your family’s hereditary health, so you can determine your own level of cancer risk.

This year’s official Bright Pink Lipstick is a collaboration with Pink Hope and Australian supermodel Jessica Hart. It is an exclusive lipstick for Bright Pink Lipstick Day through Jessica’s newly launched brand LUMA by Jess Hart cosmetics.

Bright Pink Lipstick dayThe LUMA by Jess Hart cosmetics lipstick can be purchased from Priceline stores (for $19.95) or online from the Pink Hope shop. If you aren’t able to purchase your official Bright Pink Lipstick or if you’re worried that it won’t arrive for Friday, you could just wear a favourite bright pink  lipstick that you already own. You can also donate to the cause online or by texting PROMISE to 0477 56 PINK (to make a $10 donation).

Don’t forget to ‘make your pout count’ and share your Bright Pink Lipstick pics on social media, using the official hashtags #BrightPinkLipstickDay #PinkHopeAus #LUMAbyJessHart and tagging @PinkHopeAus (the same for both twitter and instagram)

I will be sharing my bright pink lipstick pics on Instagram and Twitter, you can find me on Twitter- @Cottoncandydva and Instagram- @cottoncandydva_blog

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Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Strawberry Philly icing

 On Friday I bought some Strawberry Philly (Philadelphia cream cheese) to try and because sales of it support Breast Cancer research…I came up with the idea to make pink velvet cupcakes with the Strawberry Philly (in place of the cream cheese) icing.

pink velvet cupcakes

Pink Velvet cupcakes with Strawberry Philly icing
Serves 12
This is a Pink adaptation of a Red Velvet cupcake recipe
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278 calories
44 g
44 g
10 g
3 g
6 g
84 g
48 g
34 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
84g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 6g
31%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 44mg
15%
Sodium 48mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 34g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
7%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cakes
  1. 60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 150g caster sugar
  3. 1 egg, at room temperature
  4. 30g Strawberry Nessquick
  5. 2 tbsp pink food colouring
  6. 150g plain flour
  7. 140ml buttermilk
  8. 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  9. 4 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
For the icing
  1. 40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 100g Strawberry Philly cream cheese
  3. 250g pure icing sugar, sifted
To make the cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced) and line the muffin tin with muffin cases
  2. Add the butter and sugar to an electric mixer (or using a handheld mixer) and cream together for 7 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and mix for 1 minute
  4. Mix the *Strawberry Nessquick and food colouring together in a separate bowl to make a paste, then add it to the mixer and mix until incorporated. Add the flour and buttermilk and mix for 2 minutes. Then add the baking powder and white wine vinegar and mix for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Divide evenly between the muffin cases. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Remove the baked cupcakes from the oven and immediately transfer to a wire wrack to cool completely.
To make the icing
  1. Cream the butter and Strawberry Philly cream cheese together in the mixer for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the icing sugar and beat for about 2 minutes until smooth.
  3. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, spread the icing over the top of each one with a knife.
Notes
  1. Strawberry Philly cream cheese is only available during October (for breast cancer awareness month), so you could use regular cream cheese with strawberry flavouring, if you'd like.
  2. Don't be afraid to use the white wine vinegar, it reacts with the baking powder and makes the batter light and fluffy. You won't even know it's there, once the cupcakes are baked.
Tips
  1. I found that the Strawberry Philly is not as firm as regular cream cheese, so is not really suitable to be piped (learned the hard way with that one!)
  2. The Strawberry Nessquick was meant to substitute the cocoa in the Red velvet recipe, but it didn't really add a strawberry flavour. You could use white drinking chocolate (if you can find some)
  3. To jazz them up add some cute heart sprinkles or wafer hearts (as I have used)
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calories
278
fat
10g
protein
3g
carbs
44g
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There are many different variations of red velvet recipes are around and all would be able to be adapted into pink velvet cupcakes. I used the Red Velvet recipe in the Love bakery cook book.

pink velvet cupcakesLoved the look of the pink cupcake batter! I used Queen Pink natural colour.
Fun Fact: Cochineal comes from the Cochineal insect (sorry if this grosses you out!), it has and sometimes is still used in cosmetics too!

pink velvet cupcakesThe most perfect uniform cupcakes, that I’ve ever baked!…too bad I left them in the oven a little too long!

 pink velvet cupcakesThe Strawberry Philly is really yummy! It almost has this strawberry ‘yoghurt’ taste to it.
I also have some of the mini tubs, I think I might use some on some croissants. 50c from each tub or mini tubs of Strawberry Philly goes to the NBCF and Cancer research.

You could bake these Pink velvet cupcakes for your own pink ribbon breakfast, girls night in or just to enjoy at home! Raising money for Breast Cancer research is a good reason to bake some yummy (and girly) cupcakes!

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