There are only two holidays I go all out for: Valentine's Day and birthdays. I have my Valentine's Day cards ready (find out how to make your own cards in my previous post), but that is not enough. Everyone will be getting way too much candy and chocolate, so why not make something (semi) homemade, like cupcakes and fudge?
42 Valentine's Day Funfetti Cupcakes
What you'll need (if you need less, divide each quantity by half):
2 boxes Pillsbury Valentine's Funfetti Cake Mix
2 cups of water
2/3 cups of oil
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tray. Mix the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs in a large bowl with a mixer on low-medium speed for two minutes, or whisk by hand for two minutes. Pour and mix the funfetti candy bits in last. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop (my utensil of choice for dividing batter), divide the batter evenly into cupcake liners. I fill my cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way so batter doesn't spill and you end up with a nice, even cupcake.
Bake for 18-22 minutes. At 18 minutes, insert a toothpick into the cake. If it comes out clean, then take those little beauties out of the oven. If not, check on them every 3-5 minutes. When you are done, they should like the photo below. Now you are ready to decorate as if you were competing on Cupcake Wars! (Okay, maybe I'm the only one that likes to do that)...
What you'll need:
1 bag of Nestlé white chocolate chips
1 container of Pillsbury premade strawberry frosting
1 cake pan
What to do:
Put the frosting in a big microwaveable bowl while melting the chocolates in a separate bowl for 30 seconds, stirring them, then melting them for another 30 seconds. Working before the chocolate solidifies, mix the frosting and chocolate evenly. If the chocolate hardens, just pop the bowl back in the microwave for 10 seconds. When the mix is even, pour into the cake pan and spread evenly. If you want to get fancy, you can make some cool designs on the fudge. Then, pour on sprinkles for decoration. Put the pan in the fridge to let the fudge set for 30 minutes. Take out and cut into heart shapes with cookie cutters or cut into squares to share! Trust me, you will want to share, they are super sweet! You can find the original fudge recipe here: http://cookiesandcups.com/strawberry-2-ingredient-fudge/.
Have fun bakers, and happy Valentine's Day!