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!


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month- My favourite Pink products

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, raising money to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation to find not only a cure, but also prevention of Breast cancer.

The NBCF’s vision is to achieve zero deaths from Breast cancer by 2030. They receive no government funding, so they must rely on the public’s support to fund research into finding prevention and a cure by the best scientists in Australia. Acording to the NBCF, 38 Australians are diagnosed each day and eight are losing their battle!

This cause really hits home with me, as my late grandmother was diagnosed with Breast cancer. I will always support the NBCF not only because of her, but also for future generations of women.

The funds raised in 2011 came to a total of $74, 931, 788! You can show your support by purchasing from a huge range of Pink merchandise or donating directly through the NBCF.

Here are some of my favourite Pink products (with proceeds going to the NBCF of course!) that will suit every budget.


Breast Cancer Awareness1. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (200ml) $110- The cult classic has been released as a limited edition especially for National Breast Cancer Awareness month! It has cute little charms on the bottle and $20 from every bottle sold goes to the NBCF! Available from selected Myer and David Jones counters from today, Sept 30.

Breast Cancer Awareness

2. Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Pink Peony set $70- This set includes a Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzer and a Mini Face Blender Brush. I love the pink handle on the brush and one of my favourite flowers is the Peony! $14 from each set sold gets donated to the NBCF. They are available from Bobbi Brown counters nation wide and from while stocks last!

Breast cancer awareness

3.Guess Watches Sparkling Pink 2012 &359RRP- This is a gorgeous watch by Guess and the little pink accents are noticeable, but not over the top to say ‘hey, look at my pink watch’. 10% from every sale will be donated to the NBCF and because this is a Limited edition release from Guess, it is available while stocks last!


breast cancer awareness

4. Limited Edition pink Volleys $35- I love Volleys! They are comfortable shoes at a reasonable price point. These limited edition pink pairs have the NBCF pink ribbon on the inside lining of them and have pretty pink heart laces too! $1 from each sale will be donated and they are available from Volley or possibly Target as well, but you will have to check your local Target store first.

breast cancer awareness

5. Miss Ruby Legwear from $18 a pair- It may not be winter anymore, but if the weather is going to be as cold as it was yesterday in Melbourne, you are going to want a pair of tights to wear! They are made in the UK and come in four different styles to choose from (all pink). There are stars, polka dots, plain and footless. Available from Miss Ruby Legwear, with 15% of all sales going to the NBCF.

breast cancer awareness

6. OPI Pink Of Hearts 2012 $24.95 for a set of 2 bottles- I  saw these sets in David Jones last week and they are such pretty shades! I will definitely be getting a set (even though I already own way too many polishes!) The set includes a light musk pink- ‘I Think In Pink’ and glittery pink- ‘You Glitter Be Good to Me’. 100% of profit from their sale goes to the NBCF! (how awesome is that? way to go OPI!). The set is available from David Jones stores, selected beauty salons and spas.

Of course there are many more products that you can purchase to help support National Breast Cancer Awareness month like , Greens ‘pink’ cupcakes & pancake mix, A range of Pink Dove products and pink gift boxes of Chocolatier chocolates!

Will you be purchasing any pink products this year, or perhaps taking part in your own ‘girls night in’ during October? let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!


XO XO Evelyn


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