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Notable Valentine Cupcakes

Prep time 38 mins
Cook time 22 mins
Yield Makes 2 dozen cupcakes (serving size: 1 cupcake)
Secret notes written on scrolls of pretty paper deliver a Valentine message just before a yummy treat. Wooden picks and round gummy candies keep the notes from getting frosting on them.


  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package strawberry-flavored cake mix
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • 2 (16-ounce) containers ready-to-spread vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Colored sugar
  • 24 roll-shaped chewy candies (we used Gummi Savers)
  • 24 wooden party picks

Nutrition Information

  • calories 269
  • caloriesfromfat 25 %
  • fat 7.6 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 3.5 g
  • protein 1.2 g
  • carbohydrate 48.8 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 210 mg
  • calcium 41 mg

How to Make It

  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes.

  2. While cupcakes cool, cut 24 (4- x 1/2-inch) strips of scrapbooking paper. Write Valentine notes on the plain side of each strip of paper. Beginning with a short side, roll up each strip tightly to hide the note. Set notes aside for now.

  3. Spoon frosting into a big bowl, and stir in food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until the color is just what you'd like.

  4. Decorate the cupcakes: Spread cupcakes evenly with frosting. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Place 1 round gummy candy on each cupcake. Using picks, attach notes to cupcakes through the round gummy candies.

Southern Living Kids Cookbook