Valentine’s Day Rosy Red Cupcakes

They always say, “the way to a man’s heart is through food” and one of the most attractive things to a guy is his lady cooking tasty treats for him. Skip the drugstore candy this year and give your man these rosy red, over-the-top delicious, perfect-for-Valentine’s Day-cupcakes!

If Valentine’s Day were a cupcake, it would be Strawberry and Red Velvet cake swirled with a Raspberry Cream Cheese frosting. I know… just wait until you taste it! These flavor combinations are insane so don’t be surprised when people ask you to bake these again.

I’m not that fancy, definitely not as fancy as Jamie from the Bachelor (I had to… Any Bachelor fans out there? Haha!), so I bought 2 boxed cake mixes, Red Velvet and Strawberry. Mix those up separately according to the box and layer them into your Valentine’s Day themed cupcake liners. You will be using the same method as the Tie Dye cupcakes, alternating flavors.

Pop those in the oven and get started on your frosting. I referenced Food Networks Cream Cheese Frosting recipe which calls for

4 oz. (1 stick) un-salted butter, softened

4 oz. (half block) of cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend the butter and cream cheese first then add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time and then your vanilla. To add the raspberry flavor, I added about 1/3 cup of raspberry preserves. After adding the raspberry, the frosting thinned out a bit so I added more powdered sugar until it was thick again. Don’t worry about it taking away from the cream cheese flavor, it didn’t.

When they’ve cooled, pipe on your frosting and Viola! Valentine’s Day in a cupcake! Be prepared for your man and all your friends to ask you to bake them again! They quickly became a new favorite at my house!

I hope everyone’s Valentine’s Day is filled with plenty of love!

Let me know on Twitter how they turn out!

XO – Chelsea

Mini Champagne Cupcakes

It’s time for New Years celebrations and nothing says New Years Eve like champagne! I’m not playing hostess this year but I’m making these champagne cupcake treats to take along and share. I’ve made these cupcakes regular size before but I thought the minis would be more party-appropriate plus I’ll get much more out of one batter.

TIP: I’m baking mine tonight, on New Years Eve Eve because the longer they sit, the more the champagne flavor comes out! So if you can, bake them the night before or early the morning of. :)

The recipe, shout out to my baking buddy Miss Betty Crocker ;), isn’t too different than the standard cake batter box directions. You’re just subbing the water for champagne!

Ingredients:
Champagne Cupcakes
1 white cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 egg whites
1 1/4 cups champagne

Champagne Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/4 champagne
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

You know the rest; mix together batter and pour into (preferably cute and festive) mini cupcake liners. I didn’t have time to find cute ones so I guess these plain white liners will be good enough :/.

Bake at directed temperature but I checked mine after half of the recommended time and just pulled them when my toothpick came out clean.

Top with your champagne frosting and some sparkle for garnish!
Let me know how they turn out and how much your party guests loved them ;)

Have a safe & Happy New Year!
xo – Chelsea @chelsrose

Cupcakes To Dye For

A few weeks ago, I made these pretty (and yummy) “tie-dye” cupcakes and everyone was asking how I made them so I baked them again for a tutorial; and I never have a problem with making cupcakes for no reason :)

I came across the idea online and realized how easy these adorable cupcakes are to make! They are perfect for turning heads at a party and you can even customize the colors to match your party theme, team colors or sorority colors!

One: Mix up a white cake batter as directed on the box.

Two: Separate the batter into equal parts, one for each color you plan on using. I wanted to use 5 colors so now I have 5 batters.

Three: Dye your batters! I used Neon colors I found at Walmart and I think they turned out so fun!

Now I have all my colored batters

Four: This is the fun part! You can start spooning in your batters any way you choose. This part takes awhile longer than making normal cupcakes but it’s worth it :)

Continue on making gorgeous cupcakes until you have this

Five: Bake according to boxed directions and when they come out they’ll look like this

Now you know the rest… top with any frosting and take them to your friends to show off your baking skills! :)

Happy Baking!
XO -Chelsea