Don’t know what to get your Valentine for that special day this year?  Instead of the typical stuffed bear and box of chocolates why don’t you try this box of Valentine cupcakes?  It was super fun to make and a great excuse to play with all the different designing techniques involved when it comes to icing.  I had most of the materials on hand but did buy a few things like the chocolate hearts and the sugared jelly cherry hearts.

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This, of course was very dangerous because every cherry heart that was not put on a cupcake was put in my mouth.  Ugh…so much for today’s calorie counting!!!  A few items I used to decorate: red hots, chocolate covered sunflower seeds in purple, chocolate hearts filled with caramel, and the m&m’s to fill the box. 

The cupcakes in this box are mint chocolate chip with mint icing and snickerdoodles with buttercream icing.  Since I knew I would be putting the time into the decorating, I took the “box shortcut” (as seen in the recipes below).  Of course, any flavors would be great.  If I were making several of these at one time I would make all sorts of flavors so there would be an assortment like a true box of chocolates.  Next time, I will also probably stick with four or five designs for the tops of the cupcakes and just repeat them over and over.  My inspiration for this came from the Hello Cupcake Blog.  I am very happy with the results and I think I did a pretty good job recreating it.  What a great, different idea for your important someone!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

  • 1 box triple chocolate fudge cake mix and all ingredients box mix requires
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 11/2 cups chocolate chips

Follow recipe as given on box but add in extract and chocolate chips.  Bake as directed on box

Mint Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons milk

Cream butter and shortening until smooth.  Mix in extracts and confectioners’ sugar.  Add milk until you have reached desired spreading/piping consistency.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (I used butter recipe) and all ingredients box mix requires
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Follow recipe as given on box but add in cinnamon.

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  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons milk

Which one is your favorite cupcake in the picture???

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Marissa

Marissa is an avid builder, knitter, baker, and mathematician.She keeps busy with her family of three kids and Navy husband and stays up way too late working on the next big project!

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