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