Marscapone Mini Cupcakes

For those of you who've followed me on Facebook until now, you might remember that my 6-year-old daughter is in love with Giada De Laurentiis.  She will watch "Everyday Italian" with rapt attention, and comment on everything from the food Giada is making ("oooh, I could eat the t.v.!") to her outfit ("I like Giada's clothes mom, and her jewelry, and her eye makeup is sparkly today!").  It's really very funny.

When I'm not watching with her, L. will often pause the t.v. and run from the room yelling "mom! mom!  you have to come here and SEE this, it's amazing!"  In which case I have to run in to witness the tasty-looking vittles for myself.

Anyway.  We were watching the "Bake Sale" episode at the end of last week, and amongst the many sweets Giada showcased were these Marscapone Mini Cupcakes- replete with a pink strawberry glaze.  What six-year-old could resist those?

We whipped them up yesterday and they are terrific.  So easy to make (cake mix is easy), light, cute and yes, very pink.  Perfect for a fairy tea party or a princess-palooza of some kind, or just to eat with friends on what was a gorgeous summer Saturday.