With Valentine’s Day only a couple days away, the boys & I decided to whip up some easy Be My Valentine cupcakes yesterday. We had a bit of cabin fever and needed a sweet treat to lift our spirits and give us something to do. I started with an easy vanilla cake recipe and decided to throw in a box of strawberry jello mix to give it a yummy taste and a pretty pink color. Then I made a delightfully rich buttercream icing to top it off. Decorating isn’t really my thing, but I was able to make some pretty decent looking hearts using my vintage Fun Gun decorator that I found at an everything-is-free yard sale. I couldn’t pass it up and it’s been fun playing around with it. The cupcakes were a hit and only lasted a mere 24 hours in my house. As you can see from the picture, my little ones thoroughly enjoyed each & every bite… and it only took me four hours to clean up the crumbs. Happy Valentine’s Day! Recipe below.
Be My Valentine Cupcakes
1 cup sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
½ cup real butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ cups flour (I used unbleached)
1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup milk
1 small box strawberry jello mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cream together your sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs then mix in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally mix in the milk until batter is nice & smooth.
Pour into greased cupcake pan and bake 20-25 minutes
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup real butter, softened
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
3 tablespoons milk (or more)
Mix powdered sugar & butter with mixer on low speed, then add your vanilla & 1 tablespoon of milk; gradually beat in enough milk to make your frosting smooth & spreadable (if it’s too thick add a little more milk; if it’s too thin add a bit more powdered sugar)
Frost or decorate your cupcakes when they’ve cooled. Add fun Valentine sprinkles or hearts to make them festive! Then enjoy!