What better way to show love and affection on Valentines Day than by sharing a delicious gift made from the heart? Its a sweet way to say “I love you.”
Try this decadent and colorful cupcake recipe as well as some tips for applying icing like a pro.
Sweetheart Surprise Cupcakes
Makes about 24 cupcakes
Ingredients:Gingham Baking Cups
2 packages (16.5-18.25 oz. ea.) white cake mix
Eggs, oil and water to prepare mixes
Red-Red and Rose Icing Colors
1 can (16 oz.) White Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing
Micro Hearts, Fill Your Heart Mix, Chocolate Hearts Mix or Valentine Nonpareils Sprinkles or Red or Pink Sugars
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place baking cups into standard muffin pan from the Two-Tone Cupcake Pan kit.
Prepare white cake mix following package instructions. Remove about 1-1/2 cups batter from bowl; divide into 2 smaller bowls. Tint one smaller bowl of batter red, the other rose.
Place cupcake insert into first row of baking cups; fill center 2/3 full with red or rose batter. Fill remaining cup 2/3 full with white batter. Remove insert; wash and dry. Repeat with remaining baking cups .
Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.
Tint portions of icing red and rose; reserve some white. Pipe tip 1M or tip 12 icing swirl onto cooled cupcakes. Add sprinkles or sugars.
Swirl Like a Pro
To prepare, start with cupcakes that have been baked according to package directions, in the baking cup of your choice, and fully cooled. Place a coupler and a large round tip (like a 12 or 2A) on your Wilton decorating bag; fill with the icing of your choice.
1. Hold the decorating tip approximately 1/4 inch above the cupcake at a 90 degree angle to the cupcake. Starting at the center, pipe a large dot of icing onto cupcake top.
2. Pull the dot of icing to the outer edge of cupcake and begin piping a spiral of icing around the cupcake top, working inward and upward.
3. Once at the center, stop pressure and pull tip away. Its as easy as that.
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