Well it finally snowed. We got a little over 4 inches last week, which for the Washington region is a lot. Little Bug was out of school for almost a week, so of course we baked and created lots of fun art projects for Valentine’s Day.
I have admired this type of cupcakes for awhile – the ones that you bake something in the middle of. I’ve seen everything from these typography cake to colorful polka dot cake. With heart day on the horizon, I decided to make a set of cupcakes with hearts in the middle. Although they turned out pretty well, it’s difficult to see the heart unless you slice it open. For serving, it might be fun to slice the cupcakes in half and serve in pieces on a tray. Or you could try making mini loaves and serve heart filled slices to your guests. Either way, I’m sure everyone will be excited with these surprise heart filled cupcakes.
You Will Need:
Box of white cake mix
Red food coloring or gel
Small heart cookie cutter (a fondant one works perfectly!)
Round cake pan
White or pink frosting
Heart sprinkles or red sanding sugars
1. Make the white cake mix. Split the mix in half.
Dye one half of the mix with red food gel. Add as much coloring or gel necessary to me a deep red. If using food coloring, it might take an entire bottle. With food gel, we used about 1/4 teaspoon to get a deep red.
2. Pour the red cake batter into the round cake pan. Bake according to box instructions.
3. Once the red cake has cooled, cut out small hearts with the cookie cutter.
4. Place a cupcake liner in the muffin pan. Add a heart cut out to the bottom of each liner.
Pour in the rest of the batter to cover each heart.
5. Bake again following the box instructions. Once completely cooled, frost the cupcakes with pink or white icing. Add a heart sprinkle or sanding sugars for decoration.
Little Bug loved biting into these cupcakes to discover the heart surprise inside. They are the perfect addition to any upcoming Valentine’s Day party or play date.