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
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 44mg
Sodium 48mg
Total Carbohydrates 44g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 34g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* 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.
  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.
  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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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!


Pink Ribbon products 2013

To kick of October, I thought it would be a good idea to show you my favourite Pink Ribbon products for 2013.

Of course October is Breast Cancer awareness month and there are many pretty pink products that support the cause!

You can show your support by purchasing from a huge range of Pink merchandise or donating directly through the NBCF.

My Top Pink Ribbon products for 2013

Part or all of the proceeds from each product will go to the NBCF.

pink ribbon productsStrawberry Philly RRP$3.29 from Woolworths- Philly is going pink for Breast Cancer awareness! You will able to purchase the special ‘Strawberry Philly’ at Woolworths supermarkets. 50 cents from each tub goes to the NBCF. Once you try it (and if you love it) you will need to stock up, as it will only be available during October!

pink ribbon productsClinique Pink with a Purpose, limited edition lipstick and cosmetic case RRP$36 from Clinique counters at David Jones and Myer stores- Clinique have released a limited edition Almost lipstick shade called ‘Pink Ribbon Honey’….I really love the colour, if I wasn’t on a spending ban, I’d buy it in a heartbeat! $5 from each set purchased goes to the NBCF.

pink ribbon productsOPI Pink of Hearts 2013 $24.95 from David Jones and selected pharmacies (while stocks last)- OPI have once again released their pink of hearts set, except this year it includes some cute pink ribbon decals and jewels. The shades are ‘pink-ing of you’ and the special limited edition shade ‘more than a glimmer’ (“a unique blend of silver, pink, and teal glitter set in a clear matte base”) Again, if I wasn’t on a spending ban I would definitely get a set!

pink ribbon productsGHD V pink diamond set RRP$289- Included in the set is a gorgeous metallic pink straightener and matching ghd paddle brush. I was lucky enough to win a GHD of my own from Pink Hope (on instagram) last year and it’s the best hair straightener that I’ve ever used! Definitely worth the investment! For every ghd V pink diamond set sold, $20 will be donated towards the breast cancer research.

pink ribbon productsPress & Go nails RRP$14.99 from Woolwoths and selected pharmacies- Another nail item…Press & Go has released 3 designs for Breast cancer awareness month. From left to right ‘Brave’, ‘Fearless’ and ‘Hopeful’. 50 cents per product to go towards Breast Cancer research.

There are many more pink products available, like the Cedel range of dry shampoos and hair spray and Palmer’s cocoa butter lotions.