Have y'all heard of Cook for the Cure? What about 10,000 Cupcakes? I am incredibly excited because I have paired with hhgregg and KitchenAid to Cook for the Cure. We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and KitchenAid is supporting the cause by donating $1 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation when anyone bakes and shares cupcakes for 10,000 Cupcakes this month. How can you get involved? Read on!
When you bake cupcakes this month, post a picture to Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtags #10000cupcakes and #donate - and don't forget to tag @KitchenAidUSA - and KitchenAid will donate $1 to aid in breast cancer research.
Did you know in the U.S. alone - there are over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors? [source] That is a large number, but unfortunately many still die from breast cancer - and I definitely want to do my part to raise awareness and help the cause! I know at my children's school, there are two teachers and a member of our small PTA that were recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm sure all of us know someone who is currently fighting or in remission. So that is why I immediately went out to get ingredients to make cupcakes [with a little pink thrown in there] to Cook for the Cure!
Pink made me think strawberry or raspberry and chocolate always pairs very well with berries. I originally was trying to find some raspberry flavoring, but struck out. I couldn't be too bummed out though because these are like chocolate covered strawberries in cupcake form - and that is definitely a win in my book!
I had to, of course, break out my pink potholder and pink spatula that I purchased over the years to support the Susan G. Komen foundation. KitchenAid has pink mixers for Cook for the Cure that can be purchased through hhgregg, if you're in the market for one. I don't think I could talk Nick into having a second one just because it's pink, so maybe I'll decorate mine with some pink vinyl. Black and pink go so well together, right?!
These cupcakes use prepackaged cake mix with some additions - they turn out very fluffy and light. Almost like sponge cake. The strawberry syrup turned the buttercream a lovely soft pink color and I added a touch of hot pink sanding sugar. I cut my frosting recipe in half because the original buttercream recipe I adapted utilized 4 sticks of butter and 1 1/2 lb. powdered sugar and I really don't think I needed THAT much frosting!!
What you need:
For the cupcakes:
- 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
- 1 box (5.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding (chocolate fudge is good, too!)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 Tbsp. strawberry syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- For the cupcakes: mix all ingredients together - I used my trusty KitchenAid on the stir setting.
- Scoop batter into a muffin pan lined with cupcake tins - around 3/4 of the way full.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 350* or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Sometimes I like to rotate them at 15 if they aren't quite done yet. Just for good measure.
- Let the cupcakes rest in the pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
- For the frosting: cream the butter first, then add syrup, vanilla, and salt. Don't worry if it looks like a gloopy mess - it'll come together!!
- Add powdered sugar little by little and beat until fluffy and smooth.
- Add frosting to a piping bag fitted with a tip, if desired, and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes. I did mine with an open star tip and made it look like a rose. Then I sprinkled on some pink sanding sugar for good measure :) Decorations are up to you!
Before I go, KitchenAid also has kits for anyone who wants to host a Cook for the Cure party - or turn any get together into a Cook for the Cure party to help raise awareness. They have also partnered with Villeroy & Boch for "Pass the Plate" where you make food for friends or family and give it to them on the beautifully decorated plate created by Jacques Pepin and ask them to keep passing it along. When the plate is passed and registered by the receiver before being passed again, KitchenAid will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen.
And if baking cupcakes and hosting parties isn't your thing, you can stop by the Susan G. Komen donation landing page to contribute to the cause!