Neapolitan Cupcakes & Bowling Themed Birthday

this past weekend we celebrated our littlest mouse in the house turning 7 years old.  i'm still unsure as to how this happened  since i can vividly remember bringing her perfect little self home from the hospital like it was yesterday.  to say she inspires me each and everyday would be an understatement.  she is growing into a young lady that i'm so proud to call my daughter and her tenacity and zest for life is something to reckon with.

this year she requested two things.
1)  breakfast = chicken & waffles w/ sriracha & pure maple syrup {that's my girl}
2)  a bowling themed birthday party w/ homemade cupcakes & pink frosting, oh and only girls.

here is a look at how it all paned out.  happy birthday sweet girl.  i love you more than you'll ever know. xo.

Neapolitan Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

favourite chocolate cake recipe (halved)

favourite white cake recipe (halved)

strawberry buttercream frosting


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 1/2 - 4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
4 tablespoons fresh pureed strawberries
1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt


cream together butter and 1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar at a time.  after each cup of sugar has been added, add strawberry syrup 1 tablespoon at a time, then add vanilla and beat on high for about 20 seconds to lighten the frosting.
add a pinch of slat and whip on high for a final 20 seconds.
use immediately or cover and refrigerate up to three days.  

yields: 2 cups

layer cupcake batter into muffin cups first using chocolate then white to 2/3 cup filled.  bake according to directions.  allow to cool before frosting.



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