The Cutest Pink Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

The cutest dessert for Valentine's Day are these Pink Cupcakes. They're super fun to make and 100% delicious too!

Sunshine, happiness, being in love, and getting smothered with hugs and kisses from your kids and husband. Those are a few of the little things in life we can sometimes take for granted, but they're the moments that sustain me. It may sound dorky, but I get such incredible joy and satisfaction from throwing a little Valentine's Day party for our family every February 14th. Complete with balloons, special love notes, and tons of Valentine's inspired food, I think I look forward to it as much as Christmas or my birthday.

Over the years I've made everything from Raspberry Cream Cheese Heart Tarts to Raspberry Shortbread Hearts and Waffle Heart Sandwiches (yes of course, heart shapes galore) for Valentine's Day, but this year the kids have specifically requested cupcakes. Red is obviously the color the holiday calls for, so I used my favorite dye free food coloring to make these cupcakes topped with a gorgeous pink buttercream frosting and festive Valentine's Day sprinkles

I've made these cupcakes a couple ways over the years. If you wanted to skip the food coloring all together you could use raspberry juice instead. I'll put the substitutions in the recipe so you can know how to do it either way! I love making them with raspberries as well because you get a gorgeous natural pink color with a bit of a zip of raspberry flavor in every bite. I did a taste test for these cupcakes with Kenya, Chloe and Gemma both ways and got a big thumbs up from all three kids. I'm guessing that after just one bite, your crew will fall in love, too! 

Celebrating the ones you love is never a bad idea. I love that Valentine's Day gives us a whole day to focus on it and appreciate what we all have. What treats are you making this year? 

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The Cutest Pink Cupcakes for Valentine's Day (makes 36 mini cupcakes)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • dye free red food coloring
  • For the Frosting:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • dye free red food coloring

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, and mix until combined. Then add the vanilla, milk and food coloring. 

4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture until combined.

5. Fill greased muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 15 minutes (about 22 minutes for regular sized cupcakes), or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the frosting:

1. In the bowl of a standing mixer or with a hand mixer, combine the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Whip until thoroughly combined. 

2. Add the heavy cream or milk, and continue whipping until thick, fluffy, and creamy. Add the food coloring until desired color is reached. 

If you want to use raspberry juice instead of food coloring:

*In the cupcakes, substitute the food coloring for 1/2 cup raspberry juice and use 1/2 cup milk instead of 3/4 cup.

*In the frosting, substitute the food coloring for 4 tablespoons raspberry juice. 

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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27 comments

  • Dana

    I love Valentine's too! My 4 year old son is having a Valentine's party this year and I definitely will be making these as well as some of your other recipes. I was also thinking of letting them drink from tea cups. Any suggestions on what to serve?

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  • Angela

    I can't wait to send these in as a special school snack this month!

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  • Aida Mollenkamp

    So cute!

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  • Lise Offerman

    I'm assuming you add the dry ingredients after step 3? (Am I missing seeing that step somewhere?)

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    • Catherine

      Whoops! Yes. I added it!

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  • Celia

    I try not to ask if you've tried other ingredients and if they work, but... Would grape juice work? I know it wouldn't be a pretty pink.... But purple is liked around here too.

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    • Catherine

      I'm not sure about the grape juice because that is very thin. I haven't tried it, but if you take frozen mixed berries, defrost and squeeze the juice out of them it is a dark reddish/purple color. So maybe that would turn the cupcakes a purple hue? I definitely want to test this now!

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  • Stephanie

    I'm not sure what I did wrong, but my cupcakes are not pink! At best I would say lavender, but my 2.5 year old just called them blue. Taste is pretty good, the raspberry juice was bright red, but something is off. I'll try again, hoping to perfect it before class parties next week! Thanks.

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    • Ruth

      Same results here! The juice was bright red, but the cupcakes were a vague gray-blue. Tasted yummy though. I think I will try the red beet frosting to salvage the Valentine's theme!

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  • Simona

    Could you use whole wheat flour instead of the all purpose?

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    • Catherine

      You can, but the cupcakes will come out very heavy and dense!

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  • Stephanie

    Do you think substituting honey or agave for the sugar would work? Or would the consistency change too much?

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  • Celine

    I don't have mini cupcakes molds... what would I need to change to make regular size cupcakes?

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    • Catherine

      You'll just need to bake them about 22 minutes!

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  • Carly19

    I would love to make these for my niece and nephew for Valentine's Day. Quick question. I don't have a mini muffin pan but have been doing your suggestions for other recipes when using a regular size muffin pan when you say how many tablespoons of batter. In this recipe it says 2/3rds full for the mini muffin tray. Do you know approx. how many tablespoons of batter this would be?

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    • Catherine

      You could make this is a regular muffin tin! Just fill 2/3 full (just like you would with the minis) and bake about 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean!

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  • Lisa With Style And Grace

    oh i love that you don't use artificial coloring! definitely pining these tips for when this kiddo gets older.

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  • Lglmaxwell

    These were great and tasty! The inside of the cupcake was definitely more purple than pink, but the frosting was a great shade of dark pink.

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  • Evelyn

    Purple on the inside!!!

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