Pink Ombre Swirl Cupcakes

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Pink Ombre Cupcake recipe for #10000Cupcakes campaign by @KitchenAidUSA and @hhgregg. Find the vanilla cupcake recipe and full tutorial on #ad

If you ever visit my home, you’ll notice that one of the very visible features in my kitchen is my 5-quart pink KitchenAid mixer. It’s been with me almost 10 years now, and together we’ve baked a lot of memories. Do you know why my mixer is pink?

If you guessed a love of the color, you are partially correct, but I was actually between pink and powder blue. The pink mixer won out because I liked that, with the purchase, I wasn’t just helping myself, but giving a little to help others by purchasing an appliance from the Cook for the Cure collection, which is part of the larger KitchenAid Cook for the Cure campaign. In case you’re unfamiliar, the campaign raises funds and awareness a few different ways – kitchen products, celebrity events, and smaller grassroots initiatives like Cook for the Cure Parties, and the #10000Cupcakes campaign. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m starting the month sharing a pink ombre cupcake recipe as part of the #10000Cupcakes Campaign, and I’d love you to join me!

Pink Ombre Cupcake recipe for #10000Cupcakes campaign by @KitchenAidUSA and @hhgregg. Find the vanilla cupcake recipe and full tutorial on #ad

Each time we post a picture of our lovely cupcake creations to Twitter or Instagram along with the hashtags #10000cupcakes & #donate tagging @KitchenAidUSA, KitchenAid will donate $1 to support the fight against breast cancer! As if we needed another reason to bake cupcakes.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, I’m sharing a recipe for vanilla pink ombre swirl cupcakes! I love how the pink colors blend together while baking, and what a pretty contrast the colored cupcakes provide to the vanilla bean buttercream. The cupcakes bake up light and fluffy, with a lovely crumb and a rich vanilla flavor. They smelled just heavenly coming out of the oven, I could hardly wait until they were cool enough to frost… and eat.

Each of our lives has been touched by cancer in some way, and while researchers are making progress towards finding a cure, we’re not there yet. I know each day we’re getting closer to a cure, and I’m glad to be even a tiny part of the effort.

Pink Ombre Cupcake recipe for #10000Cupcakes campaign by @KitchenAidUSA and @hhgregg. Find the vanilla cupcake recipe and full tutorial on #ad

Bake a Difference: Bake your favorite cupcakes this month and share your photos on Instagram or Twitter with the #10000cupcakes and #donate hashtags and tag @KitchenAidUSA. They’ll donate $1 per picture shared.

Share with Friends: Host a Cook for the Cure Party to raise awareness. Get all the important details and how-to here.

Purchase Pink!: Pick up a pink stand mixer or shop the rest of the Cook for the Cure line at hhgregg.

Or Make a Donation: Donate directly to the Susan G Komen Foundation or charity of your choice.

Pink Ombre Swirl Cupcakes #10000Cupcakes
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Serves: 1 dozen cupcakes
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup neutral-flavored oil (canola, vegetable, avocado)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • pink gel food coloring
  • pink sparkling sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and set out 12 cupcake baking cups or place one dozen liners in a cupcake baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring to incorporate and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  5. In a measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract.
  6. Add half the flour mixture to the bowl of your stand mixer and stir to incorporate. Stir in half the buttermilk. Scrape the bowl. Repeat, stirring only until ingredients are just combined.
  7. Separate the batter into three smaller bowls. Add one drop of food coloring to one bowl, two drops to another, and three drops to the third. Use two spoons to drop the batter carefully into the cupcake wells, layering darkest to lightest.
  8. Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes until the tops spring back lightly when touched.
  9. Allow to cool completelybefore frosting.
I frosted the cupcakes with a batch of my vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream.


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14 Comments on Pink Ombre Swirl Cupcakes

  1. Christine | Mid-Life Croissant
    October 5, 2015 at 12:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I love these little beauties and the video is great too. I know this complicates things and who has the time…but…as a novice baker, I would’ve liked a little narration or text giving a little more detail about each step. Only because I’m not the most confident of bakers. Also I love your apron.

    • The Godmother
      October 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm (2 years ago)

      I always appreciate feedback, Christine! Video for the blog is something I’m working on, so I love to know what people want to see, especially my newer baker readers! I’ll try to include either text or a real-time tutorial with the next video. For these cupcakes, I do write out the entire process in the recipe. 🙂

  2. Sarah E.
    October 4, 2015 at 10:08 am (2 years ago)

    They are so cute!! Definitely perfectly pink for the cause 🙂

  3. Wendi
    October 4, 2015 at 8:08 am (2 years ago)

    These are ADORABLE! They look yummy too! I believe I will be giving these a try! Thanks for sharing!

    • The Godmother
      October 4, 2015 at 7:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Wendi! I hope you enjoy 🙂

  4. Tara
    October 4, 2015 at 6:36 am (2 years ago)

    These are super adorable! I love when you cut open a cake or cupcake and there is a surprise!

  5. Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    October 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    These are so precious! I’m all about anything pink and BONUS if it supports breast cancer awareness. Also, I’d like to say how jealous I am about your pink mixer. I’ve been asking for one for years and still nothing. One day!

    • The Godmother
      October 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I hope you get your pink mixer soon. 🙂

    • The Godmother
      October 3, 2015 at 4:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I’ve had these liners for ages and was so excited to finally have the perfect reason to use them.


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