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Today is Valentine’s Day. What comes into your mind when I say the word, “Valentine?” For me, I think of cards, love, cupids, roses, candy, and CUPCAKES.
I love to bake and design cupcakes and cookies to celebrate special days or holidays. In the past, I have made Easter-themed donuts, birthday cupcakes, sport-themed cupcakes for Father’s day, Christmas cupcakes, heart-shaped cookies on Grandparent’s day, and more.
I also help to raise funds for charity organizations by selling cupcakes. When you put your creativity into designing the cupcakes, the possibilities are endless.
If you want express your love to your friends and family this Valentine’s Day, here is the perfect recipe for making Valentine Cupcakes. You will need: A full package of red velvet cake mix or vanilla cake mix; water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box; 24 baking cups; a cupcake tray.
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Put the baking cups in the cupcake tray.
3. Mix eggs, water and vegetable oil as directed on box for 24 cupcakes. Whisk for 2 minutes until batter is smooth.
4. Use a spoon to transfer equal amounts of the mixture to the baking cups.
5. Bake for 20 – 22 minutes.
6. Cool completely.
For decorating cupcakes, you will need: strawberry and vanilla frosting; decorating star tip; spatula or knife; icing pens; rolled fondant (sugary, smooth dough); heart-shaped candy; colorful sprinkles.
Now, get busy frosting your mouthwatering cupcakes! Sprinkle red hearts, colorful confections over pink or white frosted cupcakes. You may want to roll pre-colored fondant to make roses or use small cookie cutters to make heart-shaped fondant decorations to impress your family and friends. Best of all, you can decorate these cupcakes any way you like.
Cupcakes always bring joy and satisfaction. Most importantly, have fun decorating them! Happy Valentine’s Day!
PHOTOS: Cassandra's cupcakes. Yum! (Photos Courtesy CAssandra Hsiao