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Cupcakes with Hearts in the Middle

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: About 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Baking, Cupcakes, Desserts, Valentines
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These cupcakes with hearts in the middle are super sweet and cute! Made with a moist white cake and red velvet heart, these cupcakes are topped with a rich buttercream frosting. Fun to make and eat! 


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Ingredients

FOR THE HEARTS

  • Use any 8-inch from scratch or boxed cake. 

FOR THE CUPCAKES

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk

FOR THE VANILLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • a pinch of salt

    Instructions

    FOR THE HEARTS

    1. Use a red velvet cake recipe or any flavor you like and prepare at least an 8 inch cake. Let cake cool completely. 
    2. Once cooled, use a 1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts. Set aside while preparing the cupcake batter. 

    FOR THE CUPCAKES

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with liners. Use a marker to make a small dot at the fronts of your cupcakes so that you will know which direction the hearts are facing once baked and frosted. 
    2. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and set aside. 
    3. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment or with a hand held mixer. 
    4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients alternatively with the milk, scraping down the sides as you go. Beat well.
    5. Fill the cupcake tins at least 1/3 of the way with the cupcake batter. Place the hearts in the middle, making sure the bottoms are touching the bottom of the tin. Gently spoon additional batter around the top part of each heart. (The hearts will be still be sticking out on top before and after baking).
    6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Begin checking the cupcakes at 10 minutes. 
    7. Remove the cupcakes from the tin and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack. 

    FOR THE VANILLA BUTTERCREAM

    1. Beat the butter and vanilla until it’s creamy. With the mixer on low, gradually add the powdered sugar followed by the milk, vanilla and salt. Turn the speed up to medium and beat until smooth and fluffy. 

    DECORATING THE CUPCAKES

    1. Use an ice cream scoop to top each cupcake with a scoop of frosting. Break up some crumbs from the leftover heart batter and sprinkle them on top of the frosting. You might have to lightly press some into the sides if they don’t naturally stick. 

    Keywords: cupcakes, valentines, white cake, vanilla buttercream, heart shape, heart inside