Going Pro!

A couple weeks ago, you may remember that I made 100 cupcakes for the A to Z Literacy benefit.

What you may not know though, is that I donated two dozen custom cupcakes to the highest bidder in a silent auction! They sold for $40, and I spoke with the buyer later that week. She wanted me to make the cupcakes for her daughter's 12th birthday party! She also offered to pay me for a second "donation" of two more dozen!

I call today the "Hot Pink Cupcake-Palooza".

The lucky girl wanted red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, and her mom requested one dozen each of chocolate and vanilla, each with marshmallow frosting. Since her invitations featured hot pink, black, and white, she wanted the cupcakes to feature those colors.

So, I made an executive decision. She wasn't going to get RED velvet cupcakes, but rather HOT PINK velvet cupcakes!


You can sort of see the color through the polka dots on the papers... but trust me, they're very very pink. I followed Paula Deen's recipe for red velvet cake, substituting 1 teaspoon of pink gel food coloring for the red. I made a simple cream cheese frosting, enhancing the flavor with real vanilla bean and some homemade vanilla extract.

Rich Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • one vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 Tb. vanilla extract
  • 2.5 lb. powdered sugar


Cream together the butter and cream cheese until well-combined and fluffy. Add the vanilla bean and vanilla extract and mix well. Then gradually add in the powdered sugar until the frosting is thick and spreadable. Keep leftover frosting in the refrigerator.

I may have a little bit leftover... any suggestions?


The vanilla cupcakes and marshmallow frosting were the same recipe I used for my "Duckie Bite" cupcakes over the summer. Since the recipe makes nearly two dozen cupcakes, I scooped half the batter into cupcake tins, then stirred in 1/3 c. cocoa, a whole egg, and 1/3 c. more flour to the remaining batter for the chocolate cupcakes.




...and vanilla

I'm going to be finding hot pink batter, frosting, and sprinkles EVERYWHERE for a few days... it's worth it though! It was really fun to be a "pro" for a day and make things to order. I have a test-batch of cupcakes being shipped in the next week or so, and then maybe I'll start taking orders!

I'm off to get the sugar and frosting out of my hair, and finally eat something that's not frosting.

Don't forget to VOTE for my Wonderful POMcakes! Voting is open until February 28!



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12 Responses to Going Pro!

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Now THESE are stellar cupcakes – love the red velvet update with the hot pink!
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  2. Rhonda says:

    Mara, you know there is only one thing to do with leftover frosting, sandwich them between graham crackers! Lovely cupcakes!
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  3. CampingGirl says:

    Beautiful cupcakes! I am sure that the little girl loved the pink cupcakes!
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  4. Sprinzette says:

    What gorgeous pictures and cupcakes. Really excited to have stumbled across your blog. Look forward to coming back.


  5. Gorgeous! I love your genius idea of hot pink velvet!!!! 😀 I want some purple velvet cakes, lol!!
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  6. oh these are just FUN! you are the cupcake master!! 🙂 just voted for you again today!!
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  7. Roz says:

    Wow….those cupcakes are AMAZING!!!! I’m sure they were a HUGE hit!!!! Have a great day Mara!
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  8. Becky says:

    These are gorgeous cupcakes, hot pink velvet, who new? You’re so creative! Where did you get those cupcake liners?

    I just voted for your beautiful POM cakes.
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  9. Mandy says:

    What a cool thing for you to do-and fun! They look amazing!

  10. You can always send me your leftover frosting…its my fav thing to eat! 🙂 lol
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