Pink Velvet Moscato Cupcakes

Yes, you read that correctly. PINK velvet… so good. I found this recipe on Pinterest and I’ve wanted to try it for a while. The Mary Kay Spring Product Preview was coming up and I thought pink cupcakes would be so fitting!

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Pink Velvet Cupcakes:

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp pink paste food coloring
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk

 

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Directions:

In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and food coloring until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

 

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Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.

 

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I made a delicious moscato frosting to go with the pink velvet. I suggest Barefoot Moscato as a reasonably priced and quality selection.

 

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Moscato Frosting:

1 cup butter
5 tbsp moscato
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups confectioner’s sugar

*I used more moscato and more vanilla than the original called for. If you prefer less, by all means, add what fits your taste!

 

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In a large bowl, cream the butter until it’s smooth and fluffy. Add moscato and vanilla. Continue to mix until combined. Add confectioner’s sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until smooth and light.

 

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March Forth for 100cameras!

I love photography. It’s one of my favorite things to read about and research and when I have the time, I love to go out and do photo shoots. I recently learned about an awesome organization where a friend, Jayme Markus is interning called 100cameras. It’s a charity that brings photography to children in need while providing aid to them and their community.

As the 100cameras mission puts it, “It’s simple, really. We give a camera to Jackson. Jackson snaps a photo. Then you buy his photo. 100% goes back to Jackson. And Jackson is empowered.”

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I love that these kids have the opportunity to empower themselves and bring change to their community. We also get the chance to see through the eyes of the child through their photography and what their life is like.

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Co-founded in 2008 by four women in NYC, 100cameras has implemented projects in South Sudan, New York City, Cuba, and India.

In one year, the sale of the children’s photography has raised $10,000 that has funded hundreds of meals to neighborhood children and purchased 1,000 eyeglasses, 20 cameras, 6 sewing machines, and medical supplies that were delivered in November for community members that currently do not have access to these important supplies.  Additionally this winter, the remainder of this money will fund a vocational training project where women in the community will learn the trade of sewing in order to start their own business, helping generate income for themselves and their families. ~100cameras.org

This is just truly amazing to me… to empower young artists while raising such a large amount of money for their community… they must be proud and rightfully so!

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You can purchase these and other prints from 100cameras.org. You can also read about the young photographers involved with each project! The funds from your purchase provide medical care along with food and pay for educational costs.