Recipes

Pink & White Vanilla Delight Cupcakes

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so in keeping with our ‘Valentine’s Day Baking‘ theme, we have yet another Valentine’s recipe to share with you guys!

This is my favorite recipe yet. These Pink & White Vanilla Swirl Cupcakes really are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
These cupcakes have a cake-like consistency (from the cake flour), and are light, tender and fluffy.
They even taste delicious without the icing – we almost ate them all up before icing them!

Really though, the best thing about these cupcakes is obviously how pretty they are.
They really are gorgeous to look at – the pink & white marbled cake with the bright pink & white swirl icing make these cupcakes the ultimate Valentine’s treat!

Happy Valentine’s Baking!

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Pink & White Vanilla-Delight Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:
{yield: approx. 2 dozen cupcakes}

5 large egg whites, at room temperature
3/4 cup (total) whole milk, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups cake flour, sifted
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
pink or red food colouring

For the Vanilla Buttercream Icing:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups icing sugar
4-5 tablespoons milk (preferably whole milk)
pink food colouring

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine the egg whites, 1/4 cup of the whole milk, and the vanilla extract. Stir till combined; set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine all the dry ingredients together (cake flour, sugar, baking powder, & salt) on low speed for approx. 30 seconds.
Add in the butter and the remaining 1/2 cup of whole milk & mix on low speed until just combined. Increase speed to medium and mix for 1-2 minutes.
Add the egg mixture in three separate batches, beating on medium speed for approx. 20 seconds after each addition.

Divide the batter in half and add a good amount of pink food colouring to one half of the batter. Mix until the food colouring is coated evenly.

Using a spoon, put a spoonful of white batter into each cupcake cup. Top with a spoonful of pink batter, and repeat until cups are 2/3’s full. After, use a butter knife to gently marble the colours.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (A few little crumbs on the toothpick is good – you don’t want to overcook them!).

For the Icing:

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth. Add the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the icing sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the milk and beat on medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes until icing is light and fluffy. You may need to add a little more milk to get it to the consistency of your liking. Divide icing into two batches, and mix in the pink food colouring to one of the batches.
To get the pink and white swirl icing – Using a piping bag fitted with a 1M star tip, fill one side of the icing bag with white icing, and the other side of the bag with the pink icing.

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Happy Baking!
Natasha & Laura xo

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Candy Corn Cupcakes

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To get into the Halloween spirit, we made these adorable Candy Corn Cupcakes!

These are definitely my favorite cupcakes that we’ve made in awhile. They are perfect for any Halloween get-togethers, and kids will adore them.

Not only are they cute and perfectly Halloweenish, they are also easy to make! Don’t let the yellow/orange ombre fool ya – these cupcakes are super simple and use white cake mix for the batter. They are nice & fluffy, and have a faint taste of almond, so nummy!

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We used a 1M Wilton star tip for the icing, and bought the cute little ghost toppers from Michaels.

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Fresh out of the oven.

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What the inside looks like.

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Candy Corn Cupcakes Ingredients + Recipe:

(yield: 15-20 cupcakes)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag white cake mix (we used Betty Crocker)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • yellow & orange food colouring (approx. 2 teaspoons of each colour)
  • pre-made icing, or any icing of your choice (we used Duncan Heinz)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with cupcake liners. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the beater attachment, beat all the ingredients together (except for food colouring, and icing) for 1 minute on low speed. Scrape down the sides of bowl, and continue mixing on medium speed for another minute or so.
  2. Divide the batter into 2 medium bowls. There will be approx. 2 1/4 cups of batter in each bowl. Stir in approx. 2 teaspoons of food colouring in each bowl.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop about 1 tablespoon worth of the yellow batter into each cup. It should be about 1/2 full. Hold the sides of the cupcake pan, and drop the pan onto the counter a few times to level out the batter a bit. Repeat with the orange batter.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to fully cool.
  5. Allow to cool completely, ice and enjoy!

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Enjoy!

Xo Natasha & Laura

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Spooktacular Halloween Milkshake

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After searching through everything-Fall related on Pinterest, I came across a few different Halloween Milkshakes. I thought they were so cute, I had to re-create one and make my ownย Spooktacular Halloween Milkshake!ย It’s an extremely easy, classic vanilla milkshake recipe with some added Halloween treats to add some spookiness! It’s so festive & fun, and kids will love it!

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Spooktacular Halloween Milkshake Ingredients & Directions:

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 small ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • orange or brown food dye (or whichever colour you prefer)
  • whipping cream
  • sprinkles

Directions:

  • Blend vanilla ice cream, milk, ice cubes, & vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in food colouring. Top with whip cream & Halloween sprinkles!
  • To decorate the rim of the glass with sprinkles: Rub cornstarch along the rim of the glass, than dip the glass into sprinkles.

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Wishing all fellow Canadians a very happy Thanksgiving!ย 

Enjoy!

Xo Natasha

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Funfetti Milkshake

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Introducing the most beautiful milkshake of all…

Theeย Funfetti Milkshake!

Not only is this milkshake simple & easy to make, it’s also delicious ANDย oh-so-prettyย to look at. The milkshake is mostly made from whipped bananas, which gives it a nice soft serve taste!

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Funfetti Milkshake Ingredients + Directions

Ingredients:ย (makes 1 large drink, or 2 smaller sized drinks)

  • 2 bananas, chopped & frozen (unpeel and cut into small chunks than freeze bananas in a container for a few hours until frozen)
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 generous scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles (the most important part!)ย 

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients (EXCEPT for the sprinkles!) into blender & blend until smooth and creamy.

2.ย Pour mixture into glass and gently stir in as many sprinkles as you’d like.

Notes:ย 

  • Sprinkle colors will run/bleed, so be sure not to stir too much.
  • If you want to add the layer of sprinkles on top of the drink like in the photos, dip the top of the glass in corn syrup than into sprinkles. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • If you want toย skinnify this drink, omit the ice cream & add 1/4 cup Greek yogurt instead.

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Enjoy!

Natasha xo

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