When this September's Flavor-of-the-Month theme was announced, I added several films to the my Netflix list so I could properly execute the theme: A Tribute to John Hughes (1950-2009). Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, and The Breakfast Club all made it to the top of my queue. I am a child of the '80s. Literally. Pretty in Pink came out when I was what? Three? Four? Needless to say, I can't count myself among those who can say that they grew up watching John Hughes films, and thus I needed a refresher :) After watching the films and brainstorming for ideas, I settled on "Pretty in Pink" cupcakes, mentioned by Bridget of Bake at 350 when she revealed the theme. I 'may' or 'may not' have 'stolen' her idea...
Dreamy Pretty in Pink strawberry cupcakes (with "Duckie" topper* You gotta love the sweet & dorky best friend, although he did border on the stalker-y side... Oh and am I the only one who thinks the dress she made was not pretty?!?! Even for the 80's!).
*Get your own Duckie toppers over at Bake it Pretty, quite possibly the sweetest baking supply shoppe around! I can't spend too much time on their website though, because I want to buy EVERYTHING I see.
I found the recipe in Cupcakes! from the Cake Mix Doctor. View the cupcake recipe here. I topped them off with a rich strawberry cheesecake frosting, which you can lighten up by using 8 or 12 oz. cream cheese instead of the full 16 oz. (I went whole-hog with this one and used a full pound!)
Strawberry Cheesecake Frosting
Enough to generously frost 24 cupcakes with leftovers
- ½ cup salted butter, softened
- 1 lb. powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy
- 2 tsp. strawberry extract
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 Tbl. mashed strawberries
- 8-16 oz. cream cheese, cold--cut into pieces