Still trying to think of that perfect dessert to make for Valentine’s Day? Are you in the baking mood and want to make something for your friends or coworkers? Impress your friends or special someone with a cupcake that truly shows how much you love them! These cupcakes have a surprise pink heart on the inside! These may be intimidating at first, but have no fear! Even if the hearts don’t turn out perfect, the surprise pink color in the middle will be enough to make your friends smile. Again, not on my new diet, but hey eating one every once and a while isn’t that bad! Make these for your friends to get them out of the house and try out something creative today.
Show that special someone how much you love them today with an I Heart You Cupcake!
White Cake Mix: 1 box
Vanilla Frosting: 1 store bought jar
Oil: 1/3 cup
Water: 1 cup
Red Food Dye: 10 drops
Once mixed together, move 1/3 of the mix to a separate bowl. This is the bowl you will use to make the pink hearts! Add about 5-10 drops of red food dye or enough to get your desired color. You can add less to have a pinker color or more to make it closer to red.
Once the color is mixed evenly, pour into a small cake or casserole pan. I used both a rectangle baking pan and a circle cake pan to test them both out. I definitely preferred the baking rectangle dish instead. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until your pink/red cake is about half baked. You do not want your cake to cook the whole way. Bake only until it is solid enough to be able to cut with your cookie cutters. Take from the oven and let cool. You can place it in your refrigerator, freezer, or just let it cool on its own. Once cooled enough to cut, take your smallest heart cookie cutter and cut out as many hearts as you can.
I doubled this recipe and was able to cut about 30 hearts total. I believe 14-16 is the most cupcakes you can make with one cake mix batch.Now is the fun part! Line your cupcake tin with your festive cupcake lines and hold one heart in the center. While holding the heart straight up in the center of your liner, pour your regular cake batter you made in the beginning around it. Your heart should be able to hold itself up when you pour the vanilla batter around the sides. My hearts ended up being a little to close to the bottom, so you can also try to put a layer of batter down before adding your heart in the middle. Continue with the rest of your cupcakes and remember to put your hearts all facing the same direction so when you take them out you know which way to cut them in half to see your secret heart! Add a little bit of batter on top of the heart so its completely covered.
Place in the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes. You won’t need the complete baking time since your middles are already baked most of the way. Bake until your cupcakes are golden and let cool.Add your icing, sprinkles, and any other decorations you have to the top. Make sure to keep your cupcakes facing the same way if you want everyone to cut into them and see their hearts! If not, they’ll be surprised by the pop of color either way! I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day with their special someone, friends, and family. Take the time today to remind those that you love how much you care about them.