Straight from the Kitchen: Cupcakes with a Heart

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:

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Yummy!!

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