Valentine’s Box of Chocolate Cupcakes

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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.


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.


  • 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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16 Responses

  1. Seriously? You’re killing me Marissa! I love it and I’m totally doing this!

  2. Oh my!! They are so beautiful that it almost doesn’t matter what they taste like … that said, I’m sure they are absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Wish you were close enough to do a box for me to take to the office!! :-)

  3. Wow, this is AMAZING! You are so very talented. All the D**** girls are! I’m going to share this on my facebook page for my “Learn, Laugh, Cook” cookbook. Great, great idea!


    p.s. – I’m a friend of your sister Jen by the way!

  4. fran venosa

    how come your not fat!!!!!
    ha ha I wish you were here to help me with gina’s wedding cake and cupcakes!

  5. Wow, what a cute idea, your cupcakes look DELICIOUS! What a fun idea!

  6. Oh. My. Heavens. This is so sweet, so cute and looks SO delicious!! Thanks for the recipes too! :)

    • Thanks! The recipes were definitely not anything to drool over, but still good and worthy of sharing with friends and family. I would bake them from scratch if I were taking them somewhere :o)

  7. These are so pretty! And the cupcake flavors you chose sound delicious. The chocolate caramel hearts would definitely be my weakness too when decorating.

  8. I think this is so lovely and creative. If only there were a way to mail these safely, my children would really love them. Hubby isn’t into sweets that much, and I would just end up eating them all. Great idea!

  9. These are SO PRETTY! They look soooo yummy!! :) I’d love for you to link up to my new linky party, Tute {Yourself} Tuesday!
    The linky will be open until this evening. :)

  10. Great cupcakes! Love the little purple petal flowers! Thanks for joining us on Cupcake Tuesday! Sorry, I’m so late visiting, I was out of town at Blissdom!

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