Think Pink

So October is a lot of things. Hockey month. Halloween. Thanksgiving(if you are Canadian). And it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Of all the cancers out there this on is my biggest cause.

My mom (pictured below in the blue coat) is a 5 year breast cancer survivor. My mother-in-law is a recent survivor. My aunt, and two friends of the family are currently breast cancer patients. And sadly last year my mom’s best friend Carol lost her life to it. So, as you can see it affects my life greatly.

So to honor my mother, on this her 5th year with out cancer, I made cupcakes. Pink ones(two toned) with simple buttercream frosting and a pink ribbon made of white chocolate(turned pink).

My mom is an amazing woman in many ways and the cancer just made her so much more.

A volunteer in her “retirement” years she spends countless hours at the local community center. Recently she has become a mentor for other patients going through cancer treatment and I can’t think of a better person to do it. My mother never looked at her cancer as a negative thing(except when the medical bills came :) ).

She carries such a positive outlook on it and truly believes that she was given breast cancer so that she could survive it and then help others survive it as well. Though I’m sure there are many times through out her treatments that my mother cried and got a bit down you would never know it. Two days after her first round of chemotherapy I called my mom to check up on her. What was she doing? Resting? Nope. Having a small dinner party. Nothing big she told me just a lasagna(made from scratch), salad, bread and some fruit cocktail cake for dessert(rolling my eyes at her). I knew better not to scold her, for I knew that being “normal” was what was going to get her through it all. And get through she did.

Let my mom be an example of how something “bad” in your life can actually turn out to be good.

For the cupcakes I just used the same recipe from the Magnolia Bakery as well as the butter cream frosting. To make the pink ribbons I simply melted some white chocolate in a double boiler and once removed from the heat added some pink food coloring. I let it cool and place the chocolate into a pipe bag and did my best to recreate the ribbon, piping them out on to parchment paper. I stuck them in the freezer for about 5 minutes and they were good to go.

So as my PSA, please ladies make sure that you do monthly breast exams as well as get regular check ups by your doctor.




  1. wow peabody this is beautiful, one of the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen. I have tried the magnolia cupcakes recipe so I know how good these cupcakes must have tasted. And all for a great cause!!

  2. Beautiful post and beautiful pictures – it is amazing how people can come through such devastating events with a smile on their face and love in their hearts. Your mother sounds like a wonderful lady :)

  3. Peabody – you have single-handedly cause a non-baking girl to pull our her whisk and mixer. First the pumpkin cheesecake, now these darling and special cupcakes that make us all think about a worthy cause. I think I’ll make these and bring them to work.

    Anyway, thank you for your lovely blog and for inspiring the baker in me!

  4. Hey what a great post!! No better way to celebrate than with some cupcakes :)

  5. Excellent post, peabody =)

  6. They look so pretty and they’re for a great cause, nice job!

  7. These are absolutely gorgeous, as is the sentiment behind them. I’ve participated in several Breast Cancer Three-Day walks with a core team of friends — these will be a great addition to the menu for our annual reunion picnic. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Your mom sounds like an amazing person, Peabody! And good for you for finding such a sweet way to bring a truly important issue to the forefront!

    Pink cupcake power!

  9. Your mom is beautiful and brave woman!
    And I really like your cupcake, beside of its beauty, its touching everyone’s heart!

  10. Your mom is a Steel Magnolia. Thank you for sharing your story.

    I love the cupcake too.

    Hey on that buttercream recipe – how much does that make roughly?

  11. Elizabeth says:

    These cupcakes are exactly what I’m looking for were doing a breast cancer awareness week at school and i would like to make them. To make the pink mixture is it just the same as the one you posted?

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