June 1, 2008

pretty in pink

Go ahead and say it, because I know you're thinking it--I'm like a broken record here. Broken record here. Broken record here. Broken rec--


Okay, seriously. First I made those bewitching black bottom cupcakes.


Then, I used the same technique for some cutie-patootie carrot cupcakes.


Now, I'm at it again with some pretty in pink strawberry cupcakes. When will the insanity end? NEVER! (Insert cackle here.)

Now, I hate to disappoint anyone, but I used a cake mix. Hey--nobody's perfect. (I did add some pureed strawberries to the batter before baking it, just to appease myself.) I wanted precious and dainty pink cupcakes, dang it, and that's a color hard to come by in nature (I left my beet root powder and red cabbage extract in my other pants).

Which cupcake is your favorite?

I had a bit of leftover cake, so I decided to bite the chocolate-dipping bullet and make some cake truffles.


Take your pick of reference sites.


(Come on--just try to tell me the one on the right doesn't look like a little piggy--it's even got an ear! And a snout--I love it!)

As expected, they're delicious. Next time I believe I'll go lighter on the frosting. I'd like them a little more cakey and a little less soft and sticky. Not that I minded licking my fingers, mind you (after I was completely finished, of course--nobody wants cook-slobber in their truffles). The chocolate dipping wasn't too disastrous, either. I added some shortening to the white chocolate before melting it and worked as fast as my little paws would go.

These are both great little treats, even if they're artificially-colored.

37 comments:

Tabby said...

Wow, my mouth is watering for those truffles...I love cake.

cookinpanda said...

Being so new to your blog, I hadn't previously seen these cupcakes before. You've managed to make me want them quite badly...

Cheryl said...

Cute little piggy!

The pink cupcakes get my vote. They look so sweet and delicate.

RecipeGirl said...

I want photoshop so I can make little piggies too!! Super cute Grace. Of course I like the pink ones best, even though it's a box mix :)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Boxed mixes are our friends! I have certainly relied on a few, especially at 9:00 at night, when the kid tells me she needs 40 cupcakes by 7:30 the next morning!

I love the pink cupcakes! So girly and pretty! And the truffles are very adorable and clever!

noble pig said...

I think the pink are my favorite! They are so, so cute! I agree they look like pigs. I like pigs.

Mansi Desai said...

those look divine! both the color and the flavor! perfect:)

btw, I'm hosting the Monthly Mingle on my blog and this would be a great addition to the roundup; so I'd like to invite you to participate if you can!:)

Krysta said...

cake truffles, who would have thought!

Mrs. L said...

Pink Cupcakes! They would go perfect with the Pink Tequila. And those little piggie bites! It all looks so yummy.

Erinn said...

Who doesn't love a cupcake!?!
My favorite, I think would be the carrot cake ones, especially with cream cheese frosting, OMG! Yum. And I love that you admitted to using cake mix, makes me feel not so bad about my own baking "cheats". Hey, if they taste good (and I'm betting these do) then that's what counts.

Emiline said...

Ahhhh...cake truffles. I want. I don't care if it's cake mix. I NEED those.

I think I like the black bottom cupcakes.

Pam said...

Pink is my favorite color and those cupcakes are the cutest thing ever! And unlike a lot of other cupcakes, they look like something even I might be able to do!

giz said...

You're on such a roll!!! I think I'd vote for the black bottom cupcakes...they look pretty darned amazing to me.

Kevin said...

Those all look really good! I really like the cake truffles!

LyB said...

I love pink, I really do! The pig truffle is just so darn cute, I want one! :)

toontz said...

Yes, Pretty in Pink, I agree.

bobby said...

they all look good... I wish I could try them all! You are making me hungry.

Gigi said...

The pink cupcakes are too cute to pass up! Loved the piggy and the end of the post.

Indranee Batabyal said...

Hi Grace, thanks for your sweet comment! Those cupcakes you made are wonderful and I wish I could bake them like you. It is a special skill. I love strawberry cupcakes, so I will go for the pink ones. Have a great week!

Lore said...

Now don't get me wrong: I'm far far away from being an "OMG, I love that cute little pink dress" kind of girl, but your pink cupcakes and truffles just made me go "OMG, I love those cute little pink treats"! I now am slightly ashamed of myself haha ;)

Lorraine E said...

I can definitely see the piggy! And despite seeing the piggy I desperately want to eat one lol

lcsa99 said...

Those are awesome! I can only imagine how great they must taste, and they are just so pretty!

lcsa99 said...

Those are awesome! I can only imagine how great they must taste, and they are just so pretty!

Sharon said...

Pink is my favorite color so I'm obviously partial to the piggies.

I've yet to try the cake truffles, mostly in fear that i'll eat them all!

Abby said...

"Pink is my signature color."

OK, it's not, but it could be. I LOVE IT. And those truffles? SO CUTE.

Sandy said...

I drool everytime I come over for a visti ... YUM!

dobetter said...

Those pink cupcakes are super cute! So dainty. And I'm sure they taste great.

Leslie said...

mmm.these look delightful!
Thanks again for visiting my blog...to be honest..I much prefer coffee as well...I just go enjoy the little sandwiches

Jeena said...

I felt like I was looking through a luxurious cake shop window reading this post.

dessertobsessed said...

omg so pretty!! the pinkness is gorgeous! how did you make the cake truffles? i want to try!

KJ said...

Can't resist a pink cake. Let alone pink cake truffles. OMG!

canarygirl said...

Cake truffles? CAKE TRUFFLES?! OMG will you marry me? And if not, will you at least send me some of those? lol Freakin awesome, Grace. Seriously.

dobetter said...

I love the sweetness of these! I really need to try them.

Deborah said...

I keep wanting to try those cake truffles, but haven't yet. I want some of it all!!

Sophie said...

The pink ones are so darn cute. I'm definitely voting for them, sheesh, I wish you could make me a pink birthday cupcake cake! I'd love these to be the featured cupcakes, of course :). Lovin' the dainty pink color too...loooooove!

Did I mention I love pink and that these cupcakes perfectly capture pink in all its pinkiness ;)? hehe.

Ann said...

LIGHTER on the frosting? Surely that was a typo??? :)

Lisa said...

Awesome cake truffles....and, honestly, cake mixes are way underrated. For some occasions and uses you just can't beat them and, with the addition of some choice ingredients, they often taste great too!