Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. That means I’ll have to make rounds of treats for everyone. Because I like to make things as easy on myself as possible, I whipped up a batch of these easy Valentines Day Cupcakes using packaged ingredients I jazzed up a little to taste homemade. Semi-homemade is just as good, right? I filled the cupcakes with hugs and kisses candies before baking to give them a creamy chocolate center. I knew my daughter would want to snack on these cupcakes, even though I thought they were almost too pretty to eat, so I’ve also included a gluten free version.
I started with a boxed cake mix, prepared with the usual eggs, water and butter, then added a teaspoon of almond extract and some sour cream. (For a gluten free version, follow the same steps but use a gluten free cake mix.)
After mixing up the batter, I poured the batter into cupcake tins. Helpful hint: Only feel the cupcake liner half full. This allows the cupcakes to bake to the top of the liner, but not over, making them easier to frost. Once I had filled the cupcake liners, I added one (unwrapped) kiss or hugs candy to the center of each.
Bake the cupcakes as normal as directed on the cake mix package. When they are done, remove them from the cupcake tin and allow them to cool completely. In the meantime, make the icing. I had planned to use my homemade buttercream frosting recipe, but was in a hurry. I used a container of whipped vanilla frosting instead. (To make this gluten free, just use a container of gluten free icing.) I divided the icing into three bowls and used red food paste gel (like Wilton) to tint one bowl red and one bowl pink. I left one bowl as white frosting.
I used a pastry bag to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, but you can certainly just use a knife or spatula. Frost the cupcake with the red icing, making sure to completely cover the top of the cupcake. One top of this, add a layer of light pink frosting. Top with a swirl of white frosting. I added a few candy toppings to my cupcakes to make them stand out, but that’s totally optional. If you want to add directions, I suggest pink jumbo confetti sprinkles (I used Wilton) and the white pearl shimmer sixlets.
- For cupcakes
- 1 box butter cake mix (or gluten free vanilla cake mix)
- eggs, butter and water as directed on package of cake mix
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- For Filling
- 24 assorted hugs and kissed candy, unwrapped
- For Icing
- 1 container (16 ounce) buttercream whipped frosting (for gluten free, use one container gluten free icing)
- red paste food gel
- Decorations: (optional)
- white sixlets
- pink confetti sprinkles
- Prepare cake mix as decorated on package. Add sour cream and extract and blend well. Fill cupcake tins half full of batter. Insert a hug or kiss into the center of each cupcake liner. Bake as directed on package.
- Once cupcakes are done, remove from tin and allow to cool completely. Divide frosting into three bowls. Add red paste gel to 2 bowls, dying one pink and one red. Begin by frosting cupcake with red icing. Top with pink icing and then add a swirl of white icing. Decorate with confetti sprinkles and sixlets, if desired.
If you need a relaxing treat or homemade gift for Valentine’s Day, be sure to try my DIY Valentine’s Day Bath Fizzies my Make Your Own Giant Candy Kisses Recipe or my CopyCat Little Debbie Valentine’s Snack Cakes recipe.
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For more Valentine’s Day ideas, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- How to Make Rose Water by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- A Valentine’s Day Breakfast by The Guavalicious Life
- Salted Caramels by How Was Your Day?
- Valentine’s Day Krispies Treats by This Mama Loves
- Homemade Strawberry Syrup for Flavorful Delights by Day by Day in Our World
- Pom Pom Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids by Our Family World
- French Vanilla Raspberry Italian Cream Soda by Pretty Opinionated
- Epsom Salts DIY Valentine’s Candles by A Day in Motherhood
- Chocolate Honey Lip Scrub by The Socialite’s Closet
- Printable Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt by Mom on the Side
- Box of Chocolates Cake by Kids Fun Reviewed
- Cranberry Hootycreek – Valentine’s Day Cookies by MommaDJane
- Dark Chocolate Cranberry Granola by Food Fun Family
- Valentine’s Day “Love Lives Here” Decorative House Craft by Sincerely Mindy
- Hand Sewn Valentine Cards by Beyond Mommying
- No Bake Choco-Date Cookies for Valentine’s Day by Mommy Snippets
- DIY Heart Stamp for Kids by Familiy Focus Blog
- DIY Peppermint Chocolate Bark Favors by Bride on a Budget
- Day Out With Daddy Jar by Sweet Lil You
- No Sew Fringed Scarf for Him – or Her! by Style on Main
- Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar by 2Boys+1Girl=OneCrazyMom
- Valentine’s Day Oreo Hearts by Gator Mommy Reviews