Cupid’s Cupcakes

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Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  15 minutes

Servings: 36

Ingredients

Cup Recipe

  • 1/2  batch Classic Sugar Cookie Dough recipe (see below)
  • 1 cup(s) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup(s) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) (unsalted) butter, softened
  • 36 piece(s) (heart-shaped) chocolate or chocolate kisses

Classic Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

  • 3 cup(s) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 cup(s) (2 sticks unsalted) butter, softened (don’t use margarine)
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Prepare cookie dough. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer at low speed until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and fluffy, 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low; beat in eggs and vanilla until mixed, then beat in flour mixture just until blended. Divide dough into 4 quarters; flatten each into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
  2. When you’re ready to make the Cupid’s Cups, remove 2 disks of dough from refrigerator. Keep remaining dough in fridge or freezer for future use.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mist 36 mini muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners. Roll a rounded teaspoon of dough into a ball; press into and up sides of a mini muffin cup to form a shell. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Bake about 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and press the end of a wooden spoon into each cookie cup to reshape cup. Cool 2 minutes in pans, then carefully remove cookie cups to rack to cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, beat peanut butter, sugar and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Fill each cookie cup with about 1 tablespoon filling (use a piping bag or a zip-top bag with the corner snipped off, if you like). Top with a chocolate candy.

Sweeheart Valentine’s Cupcakes

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Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cooking Time:  20 minutes

Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 8 drops red food coloring
  • 2 drops raspberry candy oil

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
  2. Beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and egg whites together on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium for 2 minutes, until smooth. Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with white batter; set aside.
  3. Stir 4 drops of red food coloring into the remaining bowl of batter to make the batter pink, stir in the raspberry oil. Pour 1/3 of pink batter into a resealable plastic bag and set aside.
  4. Mix more food coloring into the remaining bowl of pink batter until it is an orange/red color and pour the batter into a resealable plastic bag. Cut a corner off the bag, stick the open tip into the center of each cup of white batter and squeeze in about two tablespoons of red batter.
  5. Cut the corner off the bag with the pink batter, stick the open tip into the center of the red batter and squeeze about 1 tablespoon pink batter into each cup.
  6. Bake the layered cupcakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Coconut Cream Cupcakes

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Preparation Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (8 ounce) can coconut cream
  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, oil, eggs, sour cream and cream of coconut. Mix until well blended. Spread evenly into your cupcake tray.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. Make the frosting while your cake cools. In a medium bowl, cream together the confectioners sugar, cream cheese and milk. Stir in the vanilla. Frost cooled cupcakes then sprinkle with coconut.

Rainbow Sprinkle Cupcakes

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Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  35 minutes

Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup multicolored sprinkles (jimmies)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cups mini candy-coated chocolate pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine cake mix, water, oil and egg whites and beat for 2 minutes until blended. Fold in sprinkles. Pour batter into cupcake pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cake layers to cool in pans for 30 minutes.
  3. Frost cake layers with whipped topping and assemble on platter. Cover top of the cupcakes with as many chocolate candies as possible.

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

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Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  15 minutes

Servings: 18

Ingredients

 

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed until liquid
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 12 cup muffin pans or line with 18 paper baking cups.
  2. Measure the apple cider vinegar into a 2 cup measuring cup. Fill with almond milk to make 1 1/2 cups. Let stand until curdled, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond milk mixture, coconut oil and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Frost with desired frosting.