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Valentine’s Day Pink Champagne Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Pink Champagne Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Being a food blog focused on dessert, I could’t get away without a Valentine’s Day inspired treat! When I was going to school in Iowa, I would order my birthday cake from the Cottage Bakery and Cafe.  They had the best pink champagne cake with cream cheese frosting and a layer of fresh strawberries.  It’s AMAZING to say the least! Since I haven’t had this cake in a year I wanted to recreate it.  Okay, so I’ll admit it, I cheated.  The cupcake recipe is from Betty Crocker’s website, but it was so good, I had to share it with you!

Sometimes the home baker will refuse to use box mixes.  I was once like this.  But here’s the thing, thousands of dollars go into creating the best box mix and they are very light, fluffy and moist.  So…I stopped putting my nose up to box mixes. One of my favorite box mixes is Duncan Hine’s Red Velvet cake mix.

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My best Valentine’s Day was when I was in 5th grade.  My 5th grade boyfriend tied a heart ballon on my mailbox with a box of chocolates inside.  I feel bad for the next guy, because I don’t know how you could top that amount of cute.

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I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day! I swear your sweetie will love you even more if you make these cupcakes.  This is one of the first desserts that my dad ate every bite of – and that’s saying something.

Pink Champagne Cupcakes Recipe: 
1 Box of Betty Crocker’s SuperMoist White Cake Mix
1 1/4 C. Champagne or Sparkling Wine
1/3 C. Oil
3 Egg Whites
Red Food Coloring

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting: 
8 oz Cold Cream Cheese
1 Stick Butter (Firm but not Cold)
5 3/4 C. Sifted Powdered Sugar
1/4 C. Strawberry Puree
Pinch of Salt

Preheat the oven to 350.

Instructions: 
1. Mix the cake mix and champagne.

2. Add your oil, egg whites and food coloring to your cake mix and champagne mixture.

3. Using a handmixer, beat your batter on medium for 2 minutes.

4.  Fill your muffin tins 3/4 of the way up and bake for 17-22 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
1. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream your butter and cream cheese until fluffy.

2. Add your sifted powdered sugar, salt and strawberry puree and mix until combined.

These are super easy to make! I promise!

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo,
Marlee

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