May 9, 2013

For Mom

Mother's Day comes in such a splendid time when Mother Earth gives new life to all living things and amazing colours showcase the beauty and wonder of the world around us. Shades of pink cover up the entire neighbourhood overnight. Japanese cherry trees, wild apple blossoms and magnolia leaves give the landscape the most spectacular spring makeover. Tulips, pink hyacinths and tiny violets perfume the air... Everything seems beautiful and adds a special touch to the honor of the special woman who has made us who we are, to the celebration of the wonder of creation.
Uplifted by all this loveliness around me, I think some pink strawberry vanilla cupcakes would be perfect to spoil your mom this weekend. They would adorn the table at your afternoon tea gathering  or the brunch you are hosting for family and friends. Especially if you decorate them with pink macaroons – a truly feminine touch, and handmade paper toppers. Furthermore, place the cupcakes in a festive paper box and they turn into the sweetest and cutest gift... in tune with Nature's colors...

Happy Mother's Day, loving, caring and beautiful woman! Whether or not you have given life to a child, there is no doubt in my mind, you have mothered someone. The cupcakes and the flowers are for you, wherever you are.

Strawberry Vanilla Cupcakes 


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 cup half & half
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup fresh finely chopped strawberries


1/2 cup butter
1 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tbsp light cream or milk
1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°C. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Mix together the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, salt. In another bowl, mix together the half and half, vanilla, and diced strawberries. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centre come out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely before icing.  

In a small bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually add confectioner's sugar and cream, beating until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and beat until frosting is light and fluffy. 


Thank you to all of you, my darling readers, for your generous congratulations on my publication. Your kind words and support mean a lot to me! 

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  1. This is a wonderful recipe. I copy and paste it.
    Your blog is a good source of inspiration. Beautiful pictures !


  2. Preciosos los detalles y las imágenes!!Muy buena la receta.
    Un abrazo grande.

  3. My mother would have loved something like this. I was 29 when she died, and I have grown up in so many ways....I wish she knew me now. Enjoy a splendid Mothers' Day dear heart, and thank you for your beautiful life. Anita

  4. As always, your photos are so beautiful. The recipe sounds delicious. Have a wonderful Mother's Day, Sylvia. Blessings, Pam

  5. So beautiful! Any mama would adore a party like this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. What a sweet post, Sylvia. The cupcakes are very pretty and those blossoms are so lovely! Your words are always a blessing and I wish you a lovely Mother's Day weekend.


  7. You have touched me with this gorgeous and heart-felt post, dear sister....
    Your heart is beyond beautiful.

    Like precious Anita, this is yet another Mother's Day with neither Mom nor Grandmas by my side...but I am forever grateful to them...and forever cherish and honor them...
    Thanks to them, I know my mothering would make them proud...

    Sylvia, dearest, your comments on my post brought me to tears. Thank you so very much for YOUR support, encouragement, have been there for me since my first few posts...nearly two years ago! I am honored and blessed...
    Wishing you a beautiful, relaxing, and splendid Mother's Day!!!
    Much love to you, dear friend...
    - Irina

  8. Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend, Sylvia! I'll be spending mine celebrating my mom's birthday with her so your festive post and photos have set the tone and gotten me in that festive frame of mind.

  9. Happy Pink Saturday Mother's Day! Thank you for sharing that wonderful recipe. They look yummy Grace xoox

  10. Wow! What a beautiful combination. I love French Macarons and Strawberry cupcakes are perfect. Your post is fabulous.
    Happy Mother's Day to you. Have a great day.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  11. A very pretty and sweet mother's day remembrance.

  12. These are SO beautiful! a lovely tribute
    Mary x


    Oh how kind of you to be excited about the party! It will be so fun, if it's anything like the last two years. Everyone was so fun and creative and I just know that the ideas will be SO exciting to take in. I have the ENTIRE WEEK off of the party so I can get comfortable and visit all the blogs.

    Now did you want a chance to win Vicki's book? IT IS GLORIOUS with Carla's photos and Vicki's generous and beautiful words! Anita

  14. I'm just stopping by to Say G'day from the Say G'Day Saturday Party. Have a beautiful day and see you again soon! Kristen | A Thrifter in Disguise

  15. I love these! To stinkin cute!! I also found you on How Sweet The Sound Linky party. I hope you can come visit me :D

    Teresa @ Freebies 4 My Family!

  16. Dear Sylvia,

    This blogpost is eye candy!!!! Such beautiful photographs and delicious looking cupcakes. A Happy mothers day to you too!

    Madelief x

  17. Every cupcake is so much prettier with a macaron on top! Lovely photos!

  18. a great atmosphere here !!! beautifull photographies !!!

  19. I'm looking for a good recipe of macaroons . I'll tell you if yours will be successful ... I'm joking !
    Wonderful post for all mothers of this world. Thank you Sylvia!

  20. Just gorgeous Slyvia! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

  21. Your cupcakes are beautiful as well as your pretty photos. Wishing you a lovely day.

  22. Gorgeous the pinks! Hope you have a blessed day!

  23. So nice to meet you Sylvia,
    Talk about eye candy! I love this post...
    Wishing you a beautiful weekend


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