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Cupcakes: The Sweet Treat We Love

Updated on January 11, 2015

Say I Love You With Cupcakes

The sweetest way to cook up "I Love You" is baking up a batch of fresh, delicious, soft and moist cupcakes surrounded by a liner or wrapper that's just perfect for every occasion. Imagine the fun of easy to prepare Valentine's Day recipes for cupcakes, the wonderful aroma spreading throughout your house while they are baking and the joy on the face of everyone you share them with as they bite into that yummy, fluffy wonderful goodness!

If you are just like me you may love to bake up homemade treats but in our busy, busy worlds too many ingredients gets too complicated and takes way too much preparation, and lots of clean up afterward too. My cupcake recipes are easy to prepare, fun to make and clean up is a snap.

Home made baking sweets and treats shouldn't mean they are hard, complicated or time consuming. Home baked cooking means making your house smell wonderful, singing while your mixing and enjoying all the love as everyone tells you what a wonderful baker you are. It's from the heart.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes Are The Sweetest Treat
Valentine's Day Cupcakes Are The Sweetest Treat

Not Just For Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Share The Love

Valentine's Day is the perfect day to share your love but so is everyday. It makes you feel good to show your affection and just share fun hearts, wear pink frills and indulge with people you care about. Every day is a great day to bring cupcakes to the office for your co-workers and boss. Think of how much your children's class would love it if you sent in a batch of adorable yummy cupcakes to celebrate caring for others.

Drop off some cupcake heaven to a neighbor or friends, the local Senior Citizen group or a dozen or so of these little cake heavens at the local fire department where believe me the firefighters will go crazy for them!

Cupcakes are perfect any day and every occasion, but an especially sweet treat when you surprise someone with them.

My Vanilla Frosted White Cake Cupcake With Sprinkles
My Vanilla Frosted White Cake Cupcake With Sprinkles

I have been baking cupcakes for ages. Starting when I was just a teenager it was a treat for me to be able to whip up a batch of yummy individual snacks for the family. I always used my Mom's secret recipe for the best success and I use the same one today. Most cupcake recipes tell you to use vegetable or canola oil which is fine, but part of my secret is I always use olive oil, extra virgin olive oil is the best.

Now I get to share my recipe with you and think of all the happiness in little cups that will be savored by those you love too.

Ready, set, let's prepare......

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Betty Crocker® or Pillsbury White Cake Mix
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 Egg Whites or Egg White Substitute Equivalent Will Work
  • 1 1/4 Cups Water
  • A Heaping Spoonful Of Love and A Sunny Smile
  • Can of Betty Crocker or Pillsbury Vanilla Frosting
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
Wilton Pink Dots Baking Cups, 75 Count
Wilton Pink Dots Baking Cups, 75 Count

Coordinated Wilton baking cups make it easy to bake up a colorful and fun dessert.

 

Instructions

  1. 1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  2. 2. Blend the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites in a large mixing bowl until moistened. Beat with a mixer on low speed for about 2 minutes, or you can whisk by hand for about 2 minutes if you don't have a hand mixer.
  3. 3. Pour, scoop or drop by spoonfuls into the baking cups no more than half full will work.
  4. 4. Pop the trays in the oven that should already be pre-heated to 350 degrees and bake for 20 mins.
  5. 5. After 20 mins your house will smell wonderful, your mouth may be watering and then it's time to take the cupcakes out and let them cool.
  6. That's it. My Very Special Valentine's Sweetest Treats Cupcakes are baked and cooling. After 30 minutes of cooling, or longer if you need to run errands, go to work, etc - that's fine because you can frost them later on and they will still be wonderful.
  7. 6. Frost the cupcakes with the can of frosting by using a spatula, back of a spoon or cake decorating bags. Or you can use the very simple, very delicious homemade frosting recipe below.
Cast your vote for My Very Secret Cupcake Recipe
Wilton Valentine Standard Baking Cups, 75 count
Wilton Valentine Standard Baking Cups, 75 count

Adorable Valentine's Day red hearts cupcake liners are perfect for your valentine cupcakes!

 
Wilton Pink Party Baking Cups, 75 Count
Wilton Pink Party Baking Cups, 75 Count

Perfect for all girl occasions: Princess, Dance, Cupcake and all things PINK!

 

Symbols of Love Cupcake Liners

Cupcake liners with adorable hearts in pink and red and sweet themes don't have to be expensive and if you love another fun way to show how you feel you will love dressing up your sweet cupcakes in these wonderful liners.

How fun to serve. What a sweet way to share some love every day. A little snack. Some fun together time and cute, happy accessories.

Wilton You Bake Me Smile Standard Baking Cups, 75 Count
Wilton You Bake Me Smile Standard Baking Cups, 75 Count

A Valentine's Day party wouldn't be complete without tempting food gifts. The new You Bake Me Smile Baking Cups will certainly make hearts go aflutter when given with special goodies.

 
My Vanilla Frosted Cupcakes Close Up
My Vanilla Frosted Cupcakes Close Up

Vanilla Frosting Recipe - Perfect For Cupcakes

Delicious, easy, home made vanilla frosting that is the perfect compliment for your cakes and cupcakes. I love vanilla. I love vanilla and I love cupcakes!

If you don't have the time or the ingredients to make this frosting then really, canned frostings aren't bad at all, especially on top of your awesome cupcakes decorated with sprinkles or sugar candies.

But on the days you do have the time this vanilla frosting recipe is so good and so easy, try it I know you will like it.

Wilton Cupcake Heaven Standard Baking Cups - Pack of 75
Wilton Cupcake Heaven Standard Baking Cups - Pack of 75

A quick, easy and fun way to dress up a cupcake!

 
  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 24

Ingredients

  • 3 cups confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • About 2 tbsp. milk

Instructions

  1. Mix powdered sugar and butter.
  2. Stir in vanilla and milk.
  3. Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency.
  4. Seriously, that's it and it's great.
  5. Frost cupcakes by using a small spatula, back of a spoon or a cake decorating bag. Be creative. Swirl it, twirl it and then decorate with your favorite sprinkles, edible decorations, mini chocolate chips are my favorites or use cute little candy sugars.
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan, Gray
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan, Gray

This is sturdy, durable bakeware that will stand any cook in good stead through many years of baking. Oversized handles allow a safe and secure grip on hot pans, while the slick surface ensures easy food release.

 

Cupcake or Muffin Cup Baking Pans

One of my recipes equals 24 beautiful cupcakes so you will need to have enough cupcake pans if you want to bake them all at once. Cupcake baking pans can be found with 6 cups, 12 cups or industrial 24 cups (but those are usually more expensive. I use two 12 cup pans at a time. They come in non-stick or aluminum and even silicone, lots of brands and styles. They don't have to be expensive if you are going to use cupcake liners because then non-stick is not such an issue.

If you don't already have some cupcake, or some people call them small muffin cake pans, here are some great ones to get you started.

Baker's Secret Basics Nonstick 12-Cup Muffin Pan
Baker's Secret Basics Nonstick 12-Cup Muffin Pan

Baker's Secret Non Stick Basics 12-Cup Muffin Pan includes 1-Each 12-Cup muffin pan. Baker's Secret is the original non-stick metal bakeware that performs great from start to finish. Baker's Secret is the metal bakeware consumers rely on for all their baking needs because it provides even baking results, easy release of baked goods and effortless cleanup. Measurements are 10.88 inch x 1.5 inch x 14 inch

 

Top Ten Reasons Cupcakes Are The Sweetest Treat

My favorite top ten reasons I believe cupcakes are the sweetest treat for Valentine's Day Are:

Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan
Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan

The ideal size for morning muffins and after-school cupcakes. Recipe right is constructed of heavy-gauge steel that provides an even-heating performance, baking experts prefer for perfectly-browned baked goods. The non-stick coating makes food release and clean-up a breeze 5-year warranty.

 

  1. Everyone Loves Them!
  2. They can be sinfully sexy and decadent
  3. They can be childishly adorable and fun
  4. Cupcakes come in their own holder and wrapped for your Valentine
  5. Everyone gets their very own whole cake, no sharing or cutting needed
  6. They can all be frosted and decorated differently to please everyone
  7. My recipe can easily be adapted to sugar free or even gluten free cupcakes
  8. They are so yummy delicious but won't overfill you
  9. They are fun to bake and share with others
  10. Everyone Loves Them!

Wilton 4-Tier Stacked Cupcake and Dessert Tower
Wilton 4-Tier Stacked Cupcake and Dessert Tower

Create a dazzling centerpiece at casual or upscale celebrations with this four-tier dessert tower. Constructed of sturdy white plastic for a look that goes great with any season, the unit's angled tiers ensure the best view of decorated desserts, while its towering design ensures that guests will have no trouble making their way to the food table. Plus, it holds up to 36 standard cupcakes, muffins, or other personal-size confections, making it a great choice for parties large or small.

 

Display Your Love

You baked them. You Love Them. Now how fun is it to display them. You don't have to be having a big party to display your cupcakes on a cool stand. How cute in the middle of the table as a centerpiece for your family to come home and find!

And if you are having a party with family, friends or just your sweetheart what a fun way to serve your sweet treats, so pretty your eyes will be as happy as your mouth.

Share Your Favorite Cupcake Flavor

My very favorite are white cake cupcakes with vanilla frosting, mini chocolate chips and sprinkles but I love all cupcakes. The wonder of cupcakes is you can bake them in your favorite flavor, by the way....

What Is Your Favorite Cupcake Flavor?

Wilton Disney Fairies Cakescapes Cupcake Stand Kit
Wilton Disney Fairies Cakescapes Cupcake Stand Kit

It's an instant Disney Fairies party, with a bright 3-tier cupcake stand, fun decorative topper, colorful baking cups and Fun Pix. Cupscapes Cupcake Stand Kit

 

What's your favorite cupcake white, yellow or chocolate cake?

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Cupcakes On The Go

So you baked these wonderful cupcakes for a party at school, work or a friends house and now you have to get them all there in the same beautiful shape. What about the wonderful frosting? Oh no, the sprinkles, the decorations!

It's OK, check out these fantastic cupcake carriers that will help you get your little beauties wherever your going and be no worse for the traveling, not to mention how cool they are because some of them can be used to carry cakes and other goodies too.

Investing in a cupcake carrier is a great idea and not that expensive, you can even use them to store the leftovers for the next day to be sure they stay fresh.

Good Cook 24 Count Cupcake Pan and Carrying Case
Good Cook 24 Count Cupcake Pan and Carrying Case

A must have for the avid baker, this innovative plastic carrying case makes it simple to bring cupcakes and muffins to picnics, parties, and other events. The handy carrier colds up to 24 cupcakes, and its locking lid and easy-grip handle ensures safe and secure transport.

 
Cupcakes, Sweets and Flowers
Cupcakes, Sweets and Flowers

Fill Your Life With Candy, Sweets and Treats

Fill your life deliciously with chocolates, candy, hearts and flowers. It's just so hard to choose just one sweet treat. I say take the sweetest treat of them all, cupcakes and bring them together in a celebration of indulgence, fun and glamour.

Top your cupcakes with a decadent chocolate strawberry for an unbelievable treat of sweetness and flavor. Sprinkle some hearts on some of your little cakes along with rainbow sprinkles and mini chocolate chips.

How about those wonderful mini chocolate candies like Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups on top or break up squares of Ghiradelli Chocolates in your favorite mouth watering flavors and add a couple of slivers to each.

Display your cupcake gifts of love in a box, on a plate, stacked on a platter or hold one out in your hand to someone you care about. They all look beautiful when made with love.

Snapware 6032 Large 2 Layer-Cupcake Keeper
Snapware 6032 Large 2 Layer-Cupcake Keeper

Stackable design with two tiers consisting of a plastic tray with a specially designed-cup for carrying-Cupcakes

 
Cupcake Gift Shop
Cupcake Gift Shop

Live Love Cupcakes Everywhere!

Live Love Cupcakes, oh yes I really could. But since I can't really eat cupcakes 24 hours a day, I just find fun ways to take them to go. Cupcakes on mugs, cupcakes on water bottles. Adorable tasty treats on laptop and ipad cases. And of course cool kitchen decor loaded with frosting and sprinkles and maybe even a cherry on top.

I Love Cupcakes

I Love Cupcakes and I Love You

Wilton Ultimate 3-In-1 Cupcake Caddy and Carrier
Wilton Ultimate 3-In-1 Cupcake Caddy and Carrier

The Ultimate 3 in 1 Caddy¿ is the most convenient way to take along cupcakes, cakes, muffins and more! Reversible cupcake tray holds 12 standard or 24 mini cupcakes. Or remove the tray and carry up to a 9 x 13 inch decorated cake on the sturdy locking base. The see-through cover has higher sides to keep icing flowers and tall decorations protected.

 
Personalized Aprons Are Great Gift Ideas
Personalized Aprons Are Great Gift Ideas

Baking In Style

Aprons - Baking in style is fun and clean up easier with adorable aprons for the chef. Matching aprons for adults and children's aprons that you can even personalize with your names or special saying just adds a little more sunshine to the cakes and the whole baking experience.

All the ingredients add up in the kitchen and all the little touches make the whole cupcake experience even sweeter.

Aprons for the chef. Aprons for the kids. Adorable personalized aprons for grandchildren and everyone who wants to have some fun baking and cooking in the kitchen.

Enjoy them with love, serve them with smiles. Bake them with a whole heart enjoying every minute of the goodness.

Pillsbury Moist Supreme Sugar Free Classic Yellow Cake Mix, 16.0100-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Pillsbury Moist Supreme Sugar Free Classic Yellow Cake Mix, 16.0100-Ounce (Pack of 6)

Sugar Free Yellow Cake Classic Mixes available in single boxes or 6 packs, choose your favorite and enjoy

 

Sugar Free Cupcakes

No one should ever be left out on Valentine's Day and when it comes to cupcakes even people who need to restrict their diet to sugar free can enjoy these little cups of love. It's easy recipe time too with pre-packaged mixes and frostings and even candies to add as toppings no one ever has to feel deprived.

Enjoy your special treats while keeping healthy. And cupcakes mean just the right size portion every single serving.

Sugar free cupcakes are easy and delicious today. Of course you can make them from scratch. But you can also make them home made by buying some of these easy to find in every grocery store and not even expensive ready to go mixes, frostings and even toppings.

Spread Your Favorite Frosting

Chocolate and Vanilla Frosted Cupcakes
Chocolate and Vanilla Frosted Cupcakes
Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Flavor Frosting, 15-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Flavor Frosting, 15-Ounce (Pack of 6)

Sugar Free Chocolate Frosting to top off your favorite cupcakes without all the sugar for fresh home baked treats

 

Now that you have voted for your favorite cupcake, let's top it all off with our favorite yummy frostings!

Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Sugar Free Vanilla Flavor Frosting, 15-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Sugar Free Vanilla Flavor Frosting, 15-Ounce (Pack of 6)

Sugar Free Vanilla Frosting is my favorite of course and available bulk or single can in your grocery stores.

 

What Kind Of Frosting Is On Your Favorite Cupcake?

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We would love to hear what you have to say about cupcakes. Let us know if you have tried any of our cupcake recipes or great cupcake idea to share with us.

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      Fantastic cupcake info and recipes!

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love cupcakes.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Congratulations for making it on the DELICIOUS Valentines Recipe board! Well deserved! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and yummy lens!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great lens...love cupcakes!

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      Elenaind 5 years ago

      Lovely lens,well done! I pin it! :)