Valentine Cupcakes with a Surprise #SundaySupper

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I know I would like to make something super duper fabulicious for Valentine’s Day! Something that not only tastes great, but LOOKS great – anything flambé is out, we all know what happens when I try to light things on fire! I just can’t try something new for a special occasion without taking it for a test drive first.

Done CUT

So when the opportunity came to FINALLY be able to play with my foodie friends from Sunday Supper again, experimenting with a super duper fabulicious dessert for Valentine’s Day for two was the perfect plan.

At least now I know it works and how it works and can bake this again as a dessert for Valentine’s Day!

This looks like far more work than it actually is and the end result is worth making a wreck out of your kitchen and dirtying every baking utensil and mixing bowl you own!

Sunday Supper Movement

Pink Cakes 
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 T sugar
  • 4 T butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C  cake flour (AP flour is fine)
  • 1/2 heaping t of baking powder
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 3 T milk
  • Red food coloring

Preheat oven to 350

Pink Mixing Batter

In large bowl, whisk together the egg whites and sugar.   Stir in the melted butter and vanilla. All at once, stir in the flour, baking powder and salt.  Keep stirring until everything is smooth and well-combined.  Add milk and stir until incorporated into the batter.

Add a few drops of red food coloring. The color lightens a little while baking, but you don’t want it too dark.

Pink Ready to Bake

Lightly spray a small baking pan and pour in batter.

NOTE: I used a loaf pan. You don’t want this to be too thick.

Bake  14 minutes or until just done, remember it’s baking again inside the chocolate batter. Cool completely.

Pink Cutout hearts

Once cool, using a small heart shaped cutter cut hearts out of the pink cake and set aside. 

NOTE: This is WAY more cake than you’ll need and more hearts than you will need! With the left over hearts, I spread a little raspberry jam on one cake heart and placed another on top and dipped them in melted chocolate.

Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1/3 C flour
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 3 t cocoa powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1/4 C cold water
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1/8 t vanilla
  • Chocolate Frosting (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 325

Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a small bowl.

In a second small bowl or spouted measuring cup, combine the wet ingredients.

Add the dry to the wet and stir till combined, whisking well.

NOTE: Here’s the tricky part! Remember this makes two cupcakes!

Placing hearts

Dollop a couple of tablespoons of batter into two wells of a cupcake tin. With the pointed end going into the bottom of the cupcake, place heart standing up in batter. While very lightly holding the heart in place put batter around and on top of cupcake. Repeat with second cupcake.

NOTE: When I did this I faced the flat part of the hearts toward the short end of the tin so I knew where they were and which way they face so when cut in half you were cutting through the heart.

Cupcakes baked

Bake for 18 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.

NOTE: The cake hearts rose a little during baking. Was perfectly fine. Once you frost you won’t know. Well, YOU will know, but the object of your affection will not know. This makes it easier to line them up properly to cut.

Frosting

  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T + 2 t cocoa powder
  • 3 T confectioners sugar
  • 1 t half and half or any milk/cream
  • dash of salt

Frosting

Melt the butter in a small bowl.

Add all the remaining ingredients to the butter and whisk to combine. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes or until frosting is partially set.

Whisk again then allow to rest at room temperature until cupcakes are cool enough to frost.

Cupcake frosted

Check out these other Valentine’s Day treats for two!

Alluring Appetizers:

Exquisite Entrees:

Decadent Desserts and Drinks:

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51 Responses

  1. What a cute idea!

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  6. So cute!!! Perfect idea for Valentine’s Day, and you could do this for so many other holidays too. Fun!

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  14. Wow, thats a lot of work, but its perfect! I love the little hearts! Just adorable!!

    • Thank you! It just reads like a lot of work. It really was pretty easy. And hopefully worth it When he cuts into it on Friday! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. These are just adorable, awesome, and such a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Fabulous recipe!

  16. Brava, my friend!! You aced these Valentine’s Day beauties!!!

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  18. Adorable! My kids have been begging me to make these for their class this week — I’m going to use your recipe! :) Happy Valentines Day!

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  21. These are adorable! Such a great dessert surprise!

  22. How super cute are these? My daughter would love biting into these and finding a cute little heart in the middle. Thanks for sharing!

  23. How cute are those, simply love them!!!

  24. Very impressive!

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  26. These look so cute! I have always wanted to try and make something like this! You have inspired me to try!

  27. What a cute surprise! Nice touch, Andrea!

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  29. You know I have seen pintrest images of cupcakes with hearts in the middle and I actually thought it must be really hard to do. I am so excited to give these a try.

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  31. These are adorable!

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