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Sweetheart Cupcakes for Valentines Day 
Feb. 1, 2010 3:13 pm 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2011 11:52 am
Instead of just plain white cupcakes, I took it a step further and made them special.

I made a white cake batter and filled cupcake liners in tin about 1/3 full.
I added a very small amount of raspberry candy oil to the the remaining white batter in bowl (to taste).
I also tinted the remaining white batter pink with some tasteless red tint.
I put less than half of the pink batter into a ziploc baggie and set aside.
I added more red tint to the remaining pink batter in the bowl till it was an orange/red (will turn red when baking).
I put the orange/red batter in another ziplock baggie.
Now cut a corner of the red batter baggie, and stick the cut corner into the middle of the white batter in tin and squeeze the red batter into the white batter. Continue till all cupcakes are done.
Now, take the baggie with the pink batter; cut a corner of the baggie,
and place the cut corner in the middle of the red batter and squeeze (less than the red).
Continue till all cupcakes are done. Bake as directed on package.
I used this whipped cream frosting, the almond extract in this recipe is a perfect addition. These are fabulous!
Each cupcake varies in color as pictured below.

I hope this makes sense LOL
Feb. 1, 2010 3:29 pm
How clever! Those are gorgeous!!
Feb. 1, 2010 3:35 pm
Thank you, Barbara K!
Feb. 1, 2010 3:51 pm
Celeste...thank you! I saw Allrecipes Elizabeth comment on them and followed the link you posted! you are soooooo talented! ;)
Feb. 1, 2010 3:54 pm
Thank you so much Celeste! Very creative and so beautiful.
Feb. 1, 2010 3:57 pm
Wonderful ! totally makes sense. Thankx
Feb. 1, 2010 4:06 pm
How creative you are Celeste!! Thanks for sharing your idea!
Feb. 1, 2010 4:15 pm
So cute.. I wish I had some grandkids to bake for, with it just me and my hubby, things don't get eaten enough.
Feb. 1, 2010 4:19 pm
These are so cute! I might try these for the kiddos.
Feb. 1, 2010 4:35 pm
My granddaughters (and I!) will LOVE making these together. Hmmm, wonder what the best way to clean up red food coloring is!?! Thanks, Celeste!
Feb. 1, 2010 5:15 pm
Thanks Celeste. I saw the link you posted earlier too and actually bookmarked that page. Most definitely going to try my hand at these.
Feb. 1, 2010 6:11 pm
Thanks for sharing, Celeste...they are georgeous! :)
Feb. 1, 2010 8:51 pm
They are very pretty. Thanks!
Feb. 2, 2010 12:09 am
AR used my Sweetheart Cupcakes in a Valentines Article! 

Feb. 2, 2010 7:46 am
I saw that! You're famous- as well you should be, these are adorable!
Feb. 2, 2010 7:49 am
Great idea Celeste and I'm filing it. They look so good and easy, now I want to send muffins to school BUT my baby DS is 'too cool' to take them LOL. Maybe I will surprise the elementary classes with them.
Feb. 2, 2010 8:05 am
These are amazing! I'm going to make them for son's daycare class! I'm so excited, I was looking for something just like this to make for his classmates, this is perfect! Thanks Celeste!
Feb. 3, 2010 9:14 am
Great idea! I will be trying these and thanks for sharing.
Feb. 4, 2010 12:05 pm
Thank you!! They are too cute!!!
Feb. 5, 2010 10:20 am
Where do you find raspberry oil and are the Wilton gels in the supermarket or did you have to go somewhere special to find it? Thanks, Clarinet
Feb. 5, 2010 12:48 pm
Can't wait to try this, and the best part about this idea is that you can adapt it to other holidays! Would like to see a triple chocolate combination. Since they are so pretty inside it would be nice to split them and serve with ice cream.
Feb. 5, 2010 2:51 pm
Clarinet, I got the Wilton gel color at Wal Mart, you can get them at Michael's Crafts too. I got the raspberry candy oil at my local party store. You can call around to see if anyone carries candy oils. You can also use any flavor candy oil or extract. If you use an oil use very little, it's concentrated.
Feb. 10, 2010 9:57 pm
I made these cupcakes with a chocolate cake mix and a french vanilla one that I added orange food coloring and orange oil to. Then frosted with choclate icing and orange sprinkles. They were adorable and delicious.
Feb. 11, 2010 9:07 am
I am going to a family shelter for velentine's day and i was wondering what to bake for them because my church is going to serve them dessert and i got this sent to my email and i am 100% that ima try them i hope they come out like the picture because they look so GOOD! i hope i dont mess up. omg talking about them is making me hungry.
Feb. 11, 2010 1:31 pm
Sooo cute!!! Perfect for the occasion!
Feb. 11, 2010 1:45 pm
Your food coloring, was it a color paste or a liquid form to get such dark colors? Thanks Jenn
Feb. 11, 2010 3:20 pm
Feb. 11, 2010 3:29 pm
Jakealooloo, Im used the wilton tasteless red gel/paste. I added it till I got the colors I wanted. The red will be an orange/red but will turn red when baked. :)
Feb. 11, 2010 3:31 pm
AR has now published this as a recipe: 

Feb. 11, 2010 6:26 pm
Love, love, love these!
Feb. 13, 2010 6:20 am
Celeste: I've NEVER seen a photo of a dessert item that made me want to make it MORE than those cupcake creations of yours! Absolutely, utterly brilliant! I'd enter the Pillsbury bake-off with them or some other contest. I have a question: why did you decide to go with a candy oil flavouring rather than a raspberry extract? I have access to everything you used but doubt I'll ever use the candy oil again, after making these cupcakes. Once again, BRILLIANT job! We are all so proud of you!!!
Feb. 14, 2010 3:25 pm
Why thank you Elderberrybaby! I used the raspberry candy oil because I had it on hand and I like the flavor. Some candy oils and extracts can be (IMO) perfumey (if that's a word). You can use any flavor candy oil or extract. Just know the candy oils are very concentrated and you don't need to use very much. Thanks again and have a fabulous day! ♥
Feb. 20, 2010 8:22 pm
I can't thank you enough for the Sweetheart Cupcakes recipe - my daughter Marlee is still talking about them! And thanks for checking out my pics of them in my blog!!
Feb. 21, 2010 11:30 am
You're welcome! Marlee is adorable, and I can tell by the picture that she was excited :)
Apr. 4, 2010 1:35 pm
beautiful and well done,celeste! cant get better than that! happy easter,now that i'm soooo late to your blog :D
Sep. 15, 2010 5:15 pm
wow- very nice cupcakes...I will take advice on baking anytime from you. I am keeping your responses to my question.
Sep. 15, 2010 5:16 pm
I was so impressed that I could make a yummy frosting with so little effort. I put it on the Chocolate Banana Bread "muffins". co-workers loved them!
Feb. 9, 2011 11:52 am
I want to make these cupcakes for Valentine's Day. I bought Raspberry Extract. How much of the extract should I use? I can't wait to make these they look so good.
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