I wanted to try something new this year and bake Valentine’s day treats instead of spending money buying them. I hit Stumbleupon and stumbled upon this:
and immediately added it to my Valentine’s Day board on pinterest.
I made them and they were delicious, though I didn’t quite get the affect I was going for.
Still they tasted phenomenal, and when it was all said and done, the kids (and my neighbors) LOVED them. I think they look like little hearts inside.
Here’s the recipe I followed on allrecipes.com so you can do your own:
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 egg whites
- 8 drops red food coloring
- 2 drops raspberry candy oil (I used Nestle Quik Strawberry syrup)
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
- Beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and egg whites together on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium for 2 minutes, until smooth. Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with white batter; set aside.
- Stir 4 drops of red food coloring into the remaining bowl of batter to make the batter pink, stir in the raspberry oil (or syrup). Pour 1/3 of pink batter into a resealable plastic bag and set aside. (I actually separated the batter into 2 bowls because I only wanted the pink to have the strawberry flavor.)
- Mix more food coloring into the remaining bowl of pink batter until it is an orange/red color and pour the batter into a resealable plastic bag. Cut a corner off the bag, stick the open tip into the center of each cup of white batter and squeeze in about two tablespoons of red batter.
- Cut the corner off the bag with the pink batter, stick the open tip into the center of the red batter and squeeze about 1 tablespoon pink batter into each cup.
- Bake the layered cupcakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
I used White Frosting to frost them and Valentines sprinkles, but there is a frosting recipe on the site if you are interested.