Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Topped with fun stars and rosettes, these easy Valentine’s cupcakes are a great way to show someone how much you care. Easy for beginning decorators and great for whipping up on a weeknight, these Valentine’s Day cupcakes are also topped with sprinkles for added color and texture. Surprise the kids when they get home from school or sneak a cupcake (or two) into their lunch for a fun Valentine's Day surprise!
  • Prep3 hr 45 min
  • Total Time2 hr 30 min
  • Skill LevelBeginner
    Amount12 cupcakes


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  1. Make cupcakes.

    Prepare cupcake batter following recipe instructions. Bake cupcakes in Valentine’s cupcake liners and cool on a cooling rack.

  2. Make buttercream frosting.

    In a large bowl, cream the butter and shortening. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer using the paddle attachment until light and fluffy for about 1 minute. Beat in vanilla and scrape down the bowl occasionally.

    Gradually add one cup of powdered sugar at a time. Start by mixing each cup on a low speed then beating well on medium speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl after each cup of sugar is added. When all the sugar has been mixed in, the frosting will appear dry and stiff.

    Gradually add milk or water, adding small amounts at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Continue to beat at a medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl once more and beat again to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated. Add a pinch of salt if too sweet and mix until completely dissolved.

  3. Tint frosting.
    • Purple: Tint ½ cup frosting purple by combining Violet and Pink icing colors
    • Pink: Tint ½ cup frosting pink with Pink icing color.
    • Burgundy: Tint ½ cup frosting burgundy with Burgundy icing color.
    • Mauve: Tint ½ cup frosting with Aster Mauve icing color.
  4. Decorate cupcakes.

    Prepare four decorating bags separately with tips 21 and 18. Fill bags separately with desired frosting.

    Pipe stars and rosettes to cover cupcakes, varying colors and sizes.

    Top the cupcakes with desired sprinkles and any other Valentine cupcake decorations.


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