Cupid Valentine Cupcakes
Just wait until you try these Cupid Valentine Cupcakes!
For the Cupcakes
White cake mix + ingredients to make them**
¼ tsp pink gel food coloring
For the buttercream
½ cup softened unsalted butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tbsp milk
For the decorations
12 small pretzel sticks
½ cup pink candy melts
4-5 oz. red rolling fondant
Mix cake batter according to the box’s directions. Add gel food coloring and mix until batter is completely tinted.
Scoop into a muffin tin, lined with paper liners and bake according to the package’s directions.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before baking.
While the cupcakes cool, prepare the buttercream: in a large bowl, beat together butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk with an electric mixer. Start on low and gradually increase to high.
Once the ingredients are well-combined and form semi-stiff peaks, scoop into a piping bag with Wilton tip #21 attached.
Frost each cupcake.
Line a pan with wax paper. Knead rolling fondant until smooth.
Roll 24 fondant spheres, about one inch in size each.
To create a heart, press the bottom two fondant spheres together, pointing it at the end. Repeat to create 12 fondant hearts and set aside on half of the wax-paper-lined pan.
Line up 12 pretzel sticks on lined pan. In a small bowl, microwave pink candy melts in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval.
Pour melted candy into a piping bag and cut out a small tip at the end.
Frost out 2 V-shapes on each pretzel stick. Allow to set, about 20 minutes.
Insert one pretzel stick into each cupcake, followed by the fondant heart.
**Most cake mixes yield a total of 24 cupcakes. For this recipe, half the recipe/ingredients to bake 12 cupcakes