Happy Valentine’s Day! Pink Velvet Cupcakes are my last, but not least, Valentine’s Day dessert. If you liked the Butter Cookie Hearts, you will love these. Now, there are two ways you can go about this. One: You can make cupcakes and icing from scratch and feel proud of your accomplishment. Two: You can unashamedly use a Pink Velvet cake mix and make homemade cream cheese icing to balance out your sin. I for one chose to use a cake mix as I have no desire to regularly make cakes and cupcakes from scratch. Someday I shall remedy this problem, but why start now? Anyway, I am including a recipe for cupcakes from scratch and cupcakes from a mix.;)

Homemade Pink Velvet Cupcakes: 2 sticks softened butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 1/2 cups cake flour, 1 cup buttermilk, 3 eggs, 1/4 tsp. pink gel food coloring,  1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt.

Using the whisk attachment, cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients and half of the buttermilk, mix until combined. Add the second half of each and mix until combined. Lastly, add the food coloring and mix until the batter is pink. Bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Cake Mix Pink Velvet Cupcakes: 1 Pink Velvet cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup coconut milk, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1-2 tsp. apple cider vinegar.

Add the vinegar to the coconut milk, let sit for five minutes. When the time is up, combine all of the ingredients, mix until there are no more lumps. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Cream cheese Icing: 4 oz. softened cream-cheese, 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 3 tbsp. softened butter, 2 tbsp. almond milk.

Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor, pulse until smooth. Add the frosting to a ziploc bag, twisting it into the shape of a pastry bag. Cut off one of the corners of the bag and decorate the cupcakes however you wish.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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