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Magnolia Bakery Copycat Carrie Bradshaw Cupcakes

These fun Magnolia Bakery copycat Carrie Bradshaw cupcakes are amazing vanilla cupcakes with a pastel pink frosting that you can make right at home with simple ingredients!

I am a huge Sex and the City Fan! I was too young to watch HBO when the series first debuted but by the time the movies came out I was SO into the series!

Mainly because it felt like a love letter to New York City, but next because of the awesome tales of friendship and love.  It was great series that I was sad to see end, but rumor has it that the series is getting a reboot!

Magnolia Bakery Copycat Carrie Bradshaw Cupcakes

If you watched the series, Carrie would stop at one of the most famous bakeries in the world for a cupcake! These vanilla cupcakes are cute, delicate and comes with pink frosting. It reminds me of the iconic white top and pink tutu Carrie wears during the opening theme song. 

What are some FAQs about these Magnolia Bakery Pink Cupcakes:

Q: What makes Magnolia Bakery’s Pink Cupcakes special?

A: Magnolia Bakery’s Pink Cupcakes are renowned for their light, moist texture and the iconic pink buttercream frosting, which has a velvety texture and a perfect balance of sweetness.

Q: Can I use natural food coloring for the pink frosting?

A: Yes, you can use beet juice or any natural pink food coloring as a substitute for artificial food color.

Q: How can I achieve the light and airy texture of the cupcakes?

A: It’s important not to overmix the batter and to sift the dry ingredients before combining them with the wet ingredients. This ensures a light and airy texture.

Q: Can I make these cupcakes in advance?

A: Yes, you can bake the cupcakes a day before serving, but it’s best to frost them on the day you plan to serve them to retain the freshness of the frosting.

Well, I am so happy to announce that they have finally released the recipe! Now you can make these cute cupcakes in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Tips and Tricks For Making Carrie Bradshaw Cupcakes:

  1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Use room temperature butter, eggs, and milk. This ensures a smoother batter and ultimately a finer crumb in your cupcakes.
  2. Proper Mixing: When combining the wet and dry ingredients, gently fold them together just until combined to avoid overmixing.
  3. Consistent Size: Use an ice cream scoop to fill the cupcake liners. This ensures that all cupcakes are the same size and bake evenly.
  4. Check for Doneness: Use a toothpick to check if the cupcakes are done. Insert it into the center of a cupcake; if it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached, the cupcakes are ready.
  5. Cool Completely Before Frosting: Make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before applying the frosting; otherwise, it will melt.

What ingredients are in these Sex and the City Cupcakes?

Cupcake Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cake flour*
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of whole milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature) 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 egg whites

Buttercream Ingredients

1 sticks of unsalted room temperature butter 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
2.5-3 tablespoons whole milk

Gel food coloring (pink)

What tools do I need to make these delicious Carrie Bradshaw Cupcakes?

Stand or Hand Mixer
Large Bowl
Medium bowl or Large Wet Measurement Cup

Rubber Spatula
12 count cupcake pan Cupcake Liners
Pink gel or liquid food coloring

When should I serve these Sex and The City Copycat Cupcakes?

I think it would be great to serve them at a bachelorette party, or even at a baby shower. Birthday parties are also a great option and of course anytime is always a favorite!

Easy Storage Options:

  1. Unfrosted Cupcakes: Store unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.
  2. Frosted Cupcakes: Refrigerate frosted cupcakes in an airtight container for up to three days. Let them come to room temperature before serving.
  3. Freezing: You can freeze unfrosted cupcakes by wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and then storing them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Variations For these fun cupcakes:

  1. Different Flavors: Experiment with different extracts such as almond, orange, or coconut to give a new twist to the classic vanilla cupcake.
  2. Fruit-filled: Add a dollop of raspberry or strawberry jam to the center of each cupcake before baking for a fruity surprise in the middle.
  3. Chocolate Lovers: Mix in some mini chocolate chips into the batter or add a dash of cocoa powder to the frosting for a chocolatey version.
  4. Fancy Decorations: Decorate with sprinkles, edible flowers, or sugar pearls to make them extra special for occasions like birthdays or anniversaries.
  5. Alternative Frostings: Try cream cheese or ganache frosting for a different taste and texture.

Have fun and enjoy these super light and gorgeous cupcakes!

If you are looking for more cupcake recipes be sure to check out  The Best Cupcake Recipes You Will Ever Try!

Magnolia Bakery Copycat Carrie Bradshaw Cupcakes
Yield: 12 cupcakes

Magnolia Bakery Copycat Carrie Bradshaw Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

These light and fluffy Carrie Bradshaw Copycat Cupcakes From Magnolia Bakery are delicious and fashionable!


  • For the Cupcake:
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature) 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • Ingredients for the frosting:
  • 1 sticks of unsalted room temperature butter 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2.5-3 tablespoons whole milk
  • Gel food coloring (pink)


Directions For Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Line your 12-cup muffin tins with paper (not aluminum) liners.
  3. Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt)
  4. In a 2 cup liquid measurement cup, whisk together your whole milk, sour cream and vanilla.
  5. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream your butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, scrape down the bowl.
  6. Add in your egg whites and mix until incorporated, scrape down the bowl
  7. Add half of your wet and dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated, scrape down the bowl, specifically looking for any unincorporated flour mixture.
  8. Add the second half of the wet and dry and mix on low until fully incorporated.
  9. Use a 1⁄4 measuring cup or ice cream scooper to evenly portion out your cupcakes.
  10. Bake your cupcakes for 20-22 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. 

  11. Directions for Frosting:
  12. Add butter and powdered sugar to a bowl.
    Begin to beat together, mixture will begin to turn crumbly. Start with 2 tablespoons of whole milk and vanilla.
    Mix until smooth. (add extra milk only if needed)
    Add one small drop of gel food coloring and mix throughout. 


How to make cake flour from all purpose flour:
Take one cup of all purpose flour, spooned and leveled. Remove two tablespoons, and then add two tablespoons of cornstarch to the all purpose flour. Sift together twice before using. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 482Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 24mgSodium 166mgCarbohydrates 99gFiber 0gSugar 86gProtein 3g

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