Showgirl Cupcakes with Buttery Pink & Cocoa Frosting

Showgirl Cupcakes with Buttery Pink & Cocoa Frosting

Showgirl Cupcakes with Buttery Pink & Cocoa Frosting

On the actual day of my brother’s birthday (yes, his name is Jeremy), I thought I’d make some cupcakes and I chose Showgirl Cupcakes, which was written about by none other than David Lebovitz. Have I mentioned that I love this man? Well, I do! Anyway, I’ve had this crazy craving for good ol’ vanilla cupcakes, and having made these babies before, I thought that they would do just fine. Okay, I lied, they would be super fine indeed.

Showgirl Cupcakes in the Making

Showgirl Cupcakes in the Making

I didn’t make any variations to the cupcakes so you can follow the link, except for the frosting as mascarpone is not certainly not something that I have lying around. Quite frankly, it’s too costly at about $5 per 250 gram tub, so I chose to substitute this with a simple buttery frosting, which I divided into two portions so I have a bright pink version, as well as another with a smattering of cocoa powder which produced this light chocolate tinge and flavour. Mom and I then frosted these cupcakes using these makeshift piping bags made of baking paper, and topped them with silver cachous.

Frosting the cupcakes - yummy!

Frosting the cupcakes - yummy!

Yes, it was my brother’s 21st, but there really isn’t a way to man up these cupcakes and still have them look pretty, is there? And if cupcakes aren’t pretty, then I don’t know what are.

Buttery Pink & Cocoa Frosting

Frosts 12 cupcakes (and your fingers, of course)

  • 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 drops red food colouring

Using a mixer or food processor, beat the butter, vanilla essence and sugar until creamy. 
Pour in the milk and continue mixing, one tablespoon at a time. Depending on your preference, add more milk in gradually to make the frosting runnier (say, 1/2 tbsp at a time).
Divide the portion into two.
Add in the red food colouring to one portion and mix thoroughly. Repeat for the other portion with cocoa powder.
Frost the cupcakes with a piping bag or butter knife.
Lick the mixing bowl. No, really, you should.


About saphster

Twenty-two year old who loves coffee and chocolate too much for my own good. I bake in my free time and read food blogs until late in the night (avoid this; it causes hunger pangs!). If I had a bucket list, it'd consist of places that I'd like to dine at. I would love to learn about authentic French cuisine and I wish I could master making macarons - they're too darn intimidating. I whine about how unhealthy some foods can be, but I pack away dessert like I've been starving myself. This isn't much of a secret, but I adore McDonald's breakfast and French fries. I know I shouldn't! Oh, and I believe no one should eat mediocre food that they don't enjoy because it's not worth the calories.
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4 Responses to Showgirl Cupcakes with Buttery Pink & Cocoa Frosting

  1. Well I’m a 21 year old… “man” and I would have loved these :D. They look awesome. You can’t have a manly cupcake, it would make him seem as though he was in denial. The sponge looks perfect too!

    • saphster says:

      Thank you for the compliments! 😉 He didn’t complain, thank goodness, or I would’ve eaten them all, which wouldn’t have gone too well with my thighs.

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