Vanilla Cupcakes with Hearts

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  • Even Cupid would fall in love with these classic vanilla cupcakes topped with buttercream frosting. If you're short on time, order plain cupcakes from your local bakery – either way, kids will have a great time decorating their own special treat.

Ingredients - Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg and 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk

Ingredients - Frosting

  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients - Decorations

  • Pink grapefruit gummy candy, triangle-shaped
  • Pink and red mini hearts or sprinkles

Preparation - Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with foil or paper liners.

  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

  • Using an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter on medium-high until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).

  • Reduce speed to low and add egg and egg white, one at a time; beat in vanilla.

  • Alternate adding 1/3 flour mixture with 1/2 of milk until both are all in. Scrape down sides of bowl.

  • Increase speed to medium-high until flour is fully incorporated (about 30 seconds). Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full.

  • Bake until light golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (18-20 minutes).

  • Allow pan to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to wire rack; let cool for an hour.

Preparation - Frosting

  • Make sure all ingredients are room temperature. Using an electric mixer, blend all ingredients on low speed until combined (about 1 minute). Scrape down sides of bowl.

  • Beat on medium speed until fluffy (about 3 minutes). If frosting is dry, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time.

  • Pipe frosting onto cupcakes using pastry bag fitted with a large-star piping tip.


  • Sprinkle cupcakes with mini hearts or sprinkles.

  • Slightly cut into the top of each grapefruit triangle to create a heart shape. (If you can't find triangle-shaped grapefruit candy, use strawberries – simply slice them from top to bottom to create a heart shape). Place atop each cupcake.