Last week I spent some time in my kitchen organizing the endless drawers filled with cookie cutters, baking supplies and all my other cooking gadgets. I was actually looking for a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter and when I couldn’t find it decided it was time to get organized. In the process I found the cute lmini heart shaped cookie cutters that I bought for this recipe last year. That’s right. Last year. I had planned to make these for Valentine’s Day but when couldn’t find the cookie cutters I had just bought , I gave up. As soon as I found them, I grabbed some cake mix from the pantry to finally make and share them here. Better late than never right? These Surprise Inside Heart Cupcakes were the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.
They’re the perfect treat to surprise someone you love this Valentine’s Day. Plus they’re a great way to have everyone guessing on how you made them. My oldest helped me bake them so he knew the “secret” already. My husband on the other hand had no idea how I baked that heart inside there until I showed him this post. I told him it was magic! Once you see how easy it is, you can try this bit of baking magic in your house.
The trick is using mini cookie cutters to cut heart shaped pieces of red velvet cake for the inside of the Surprise Inside Heart Cupcakes.
Once you have your hearts cut out, just stand each one up inside the cupcake liner before you fill it all the way with batter.
I went easy with a few boxes of cake mix I had in the pantry but if you have a favorite homemade recipe, you can just follow these directions and use that.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mini Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
- 1 Box of Red Velvet Cake Mix
- 1 Box of Vanilla Cake Mix
Step 1: Follow the directions on the box of the red velvet cake mix and mix ingredients together. Using cookie sheet with a lip or shallow cake pans, bake mix according to package directions. NOTE: My cookie sheet was in use so I used these mini round cake pans since they were the perfect depth. Use whatever type of pan you have that is about 1/4 to 1/2 thick.
Step 2: Prepare Vanilla cake mix and set aside.
Step 3: When Red Velvet cakes are done. Set aside to cool. Once cool, use the cookie cutter to cut out mini hearts.
Step 4: Line a cupcake pan with liners and place a small amount of cake batter into each. Place a red heart in the center and cover with more cake batter until filled about 2/3 of the way full.
Step 5: Bake your cupcakes like you normally would. Once finished remove from pan and let cool.
Once you cut into them, you’ll find a perfect heart inside.
Now that you know the trick, it’s pretty easy right?
I topped them with my homemade Vanilla buttercream (that I can seriously eat by the spoonful for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat!)
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