Thursday, February 12, 2009

Heart Cupcakes

An easy way to spice up your normal cupcakes! Get your cupcakes ready, then place a small marble between the paper wrapper and the tin. Bake as usual. It will indent the side in to make little hearts. Frost and decorate. You can use any kind of cake mix, but Red Velvet is fun for Valentine's day! Of course, if you are using Red Velvet cake then you have to have cream cheese frosting:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

Cream together butter and cream cheese. Mix in vanilla, then add in powdered sugar. If frosting is too soft to decorate with, refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Tip: since part of the cupcake volume is displaced by the marble, you don't need to put as much batter into each cupcake as you normally would (otherwise, when it rises while baking it will go over the edge and look like a normal cupcake, albeit one with a marble stuck to the side). This means you will have extra batter if you make 24 cupcakes. I put the extra into a mini-loaf pan and made a "mommy-sized" cupcake :>)

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