Cupcakes Sealed with a Kiss

I was a little late joining the cupcake craze. But, our family loves it that I finally discovered how to make delicious cupcakes at home.

One thing that I love about cupcakes is that they lend themselves to letting the children help. Not only can you let your children help mix the batter and whip the frosting, but you can also let them go to town on the sprinkles.

And Valentine’s is a perfect occasion to make these cupcakes, sealed with a kiss.

I made these cupcakes using a funfetti cake mix without the ‘fetti. I’ve found that I can purchase “holiday” cake mixes for a very low price and then omit the holiday element to use the mix for any occasion. In this case, I just didn’t mix in the sprinkles from the mix.

One of the advantages of the Funfetti cake mixes is that the batter is designed to suspend candies and sprinkles rather than let them drop to the bottom. We made a batch of cupcakes with M&M’s, Hershey kisses, and chocolate chips. The kisses did sink a tad, but the other candies stayed right in the heart of the cupcake where they belonged.

Cupcakes Sealed with a Kiss

Here’s how you can make your own special Valentine cupcakes:

You will need:

a Funfetti cake mix
Hershey kisses, M&M’s, chocolate chips
one batch Buttercream Frosting
pastry bag
frosting tip
Valentine sprinkles

Prepare the batter according to package directions, omitting the confetti sprinkles.

Place about 2 Tablespoons of the cake batter in your muffin tins.

Place a Hershey kiss, several M&M’s, or a few chocolate chips in the center of the batter. Add more batter to cover and bake according to package directions.

Cool the cupcakes on a rack.

Prepare a batch of buttercream frosting and fill a pastry bag, fitted with a frosting tip.

Squeeze the frosting onto the cupcakes in swirls and sprinkle candy sprinkles over the frosting. Let the kids help! Store the cupcakes in the refrigerator.

Put Your House in Order

I’m participating in a series, called “Put Your House in Order,” with a bunch of great bloggers. Each of us is tackling a different area of home management and sharing suggestions for organizing in the new year.

Check out how the others are tackling their season of Love:

Siblings Showing Love – A Valentine Activity from Connie at Smockity Frocks
Decorating Hearts With Love
from Myra at My Blessed Life
Thriving in a Spiritually Mismatched Marriage from Courney at Women Living Well
Marriage and Money in the Christian Home from Kingdom First Mom

What kind of Valentine treat do YOU love your family with?

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Comments

  1. I think I really, really need to get a pastry bag so I can make those pretty swirls… my ziploc bag method works splendidly for most things, but it doesn’t give me beautiful swirls. :)

  2. CUTE idea! My mom whipped up heart-shaped pancakes for Valentine’s Day morning. I’m publishing a little post about it on The Cheapskate Cook, but it’s a really cute simple way that helped us kiddos really look forward to Heart Day!

  3. What a great idea! I didn’t realize that the funfetti batters could keep the fun stuff from falling to the bottom. I just picked up a bag of Hershey kisses at Target this weekend figuring I could share them among the kids on Valentine’s Day. Your idea is much better and will be much better appreciated by my kids.

    The American Century Cookbook has a great quick icing recipe that doesn’t require much work. I can’t look it up right now, but I think it was a combination of confectioner sugar and butter.

    Our favorite chocolate icing is the boxed one by Natural Nora. I hate to admit but I have about 10 boxes in the pantry right now because I stocked up when I found it at our grocery outlet.

  4. Mmmmm…these look so good with the special surprise inside – you make me want to make cup cakes TODAY!!! :-)! Thanks!
    Courtney

  5. How fun, Jessica! I love the little surprise kisses in the cupcakes! Now I want to make cupcakes. :)

  6. I love the treats in the cupcakes!

    *Side note: Ever since I made a bloggy schedule, I keep seeing post topics that I have scheduled! I have a funfetti cupcake post going up Friday, but I’m not copying. I promise! :o)

  7. AllieZirkle says:

    I used the buttercream frosting to frost my first sheet cake. This recipe didn’t indicate how many items or what size cake it would frost. Good news, with 4 C powedered sugar, it frosted a 1/2 sheet just perfectly.

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