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Valentine's Day conversation heart cupcakes

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It's a snap to spell out sweet sentiments on these quaint cupcakes when you bake a batch ahead of time using convenient cake mix. You don't even need a heart-shaped muffin tin to make them.

What You Need:

(Makes: 28 cupcakes)

1 package of white cake mix (regular size)

4 cups of confectioners' sugar

1/2 cup of butter, softened

1/2 cup of shortening

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon of butter flavoring, optional

2 tablespoons of milk

1 to 2 drops of red food coloring, optional

1 to 2 drops of yellow food coloring, optional

1 to 2 drops of blue food coloring, optional

What to Do:

STEP 1) Prepare the cake mix batter according to package directions for cupcakes.

STEP 2) Place paper or foil liners in a heart-shaped or standard muffin tin. Fill cups half full of batter. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

STEP 3) For frosting, in a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla, butter flavoring if desired and milk until smooth.

STEP 4) Divide frosting into fourths if desired; place in four separate bowls. Leave one bowl untinted. Add one color of food coloring to each of the other three bowls; stir until well blended. Frost the cupcakes. Pipe the untinted frosting around edges and decorate tops with Valentine phrases.

STEP 5) Happy Valentine’s Day & Enjoy!

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