Thursday 10 October 2013

Think Pink - Mini Strawberry Cupcakes

think pink - mini strawberry cupcakes

Tomorrow my daughter's nursery is holding a Think Pink day to raise money as part of  Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As well as inviting all children to dress in pink for the day they are holding a Pink themed bake sale.

Making a mess...

Of course we wanted to do our bit, so tonight after work we rolled up our sleeves and had some messy fun in the kitchen making some cakes. Now I have to tell you my little girl was rather excited; not only does she get to wear her pretty pink ballet clothes for nursery tomorrow ( I predict a lot of pirouettes!) but she also got to sprinkle icing sugar all over the kitchen floor today! (As that is of course the best way to make strawberry icing!)

We had a lovely time baking, and I realised that it had been a while since we had made cakes together. I always worry about the mess and the squabbles over whose turn it is to stir the mixture or lick the bowl but this evening showed me that my two little monsters can actually work really well together, they were really sweet taking turns and made a great team.

kids making cakes - baking


It was a learning experience too as they counted out the mini marshmallows and Ben encouraged Elizabeth with her counting, helping her to get up to 15! This was the first time I had seen her accurately count that high and it was heart warming to watch her big brother helping her.

I think the part they enjoyed the most was the icing. We made a makeshift piping bag by chopping a corner of a ziplock sandwich bag and we all made an attempt at decorating the cakes, I won't tell you which ones I did...

So how did we make them?

We used a basic vanilla cupcake recipe I found on the BBC food website, but adapted it to add some strawberry food flavouring in place of vanilla essence so they tasted pink!

After baking the cupcakes and letting them cool we made some buttercream icing using softened butter, icing sugar and the tiniest drop of red food colouring and a drop of strawberry flavouring, I'm not sure if the colour turned out as pink as I had intended, but after posting a picture on facebook I was told it looked like angel delight so it can't be that bad!

The children had one each after dinner as a reward for all their hard work and the rest have been packed away for the bake sale tomorrow. I hope they help to raise some money...


  1. Aww they are really cute, the cakes and the kids :0)

  2. oh wow, they look yummy. The kids look like they really enjoyed themselves too

  3. Baking is always a hit my with little one :)

  4. WifeMumStudentBumFriday, October 11, 2013

    These look yummy! I so wish I could bake. The only baking that I do are the ones that you can buy in the packet and it tells you step-by-step what to do. Baking for Dummies, that's me. And the kids normally start of by helping and then they just lick the bowl while I do the actual baking and finishing off ha ha. Your boy doing the counting is just so cute x :)

  5. Bonnie Squires momofeight.comSaturday, October 12, 2013

    This is just touching how your children
    worked as a team to make the cup cakes.

    Our children likes to cook and make.

  6. Ooh they look yummy and it looks like you had great fun! I hope you make lots of pennies for a very worthwhile charity.

  7. Those look amazing! Cupcakes are great to make with kids aren't they?

  8. ooo they look lush, and it's always fun making things with the kids.

  9. They look like they had a great time! :)

  10. They look awesome, I need little cakes in my life now... *convinces wife to bake again*

  11. Looks lots of fun!


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