I don’t have a romantic bone in my body.
(Wait, that’s not strictly true. I bawl like a baby every time I watch A Walk to Remember.)
Let’s just say that I’m less about the “stuff” and more about “substance”. For example, I would scream if my husband ever spent $97 on Valentine’s Day roses, but at the same time, I expect to spend the day with him and cuddle together at scheduled intervals. So maybe I am romantic – I’m just not commercially romantic. Or maybe I’m just cheap.
Regardless, I’m a huge fan of homemade treats for Valentine’s Day. Breakfast in bed; hand-drawn cards, heart-shaped cookies, and of course, a large supply of cinnamon hearts. This year (just like every year) I’ve left Valentine’s Day until the last minute, so I’ll be baking up a storm tomorrow to show my love for my husband (and cake).
Since we already indulged in pie last week, I’m thinking these Valentine Parfait Cupcakes are just the ticket. And because the special day is celebrated by our two little guys as well, I love that the cupcakes are a kid-friendly option!
1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist Devil’s Food cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 tub Betty Crocker* Whipped fluffy white frosting
1 cup (250 mL) semisweet or milk chocolate chips
2 tsp (10 mL) shortening
Valentine’s decorating sprinkles or candies
Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pans).
Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Bake cake batter as directed on cake mix box, using water, oil and eggs.
Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about 2/3 full). Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre come out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Spoon frosting into decorating bag fitted with large round tip. Pipe dollop of frosting on top of each cupcake. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on High 1 minute, stirring once halfway through heating. Drizzle melted chocolate over frosted cupcakes; sprinkle with hearts.
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