Red Velvet Cupcakes Turned Gift

It’s almost here – that day of LOVE! My personal belief is you should exude kindness and love every day of the year. But, if we need a special day to remind us, let’s do this.  Here’s how to turn red velvet cupcakes into special little gifts to show your love to friends and family.

We start with a batch of decorated cupcakes.  Put the cakes into the refrigerator for at least an hour to stiffen the icing.  Buttercream icing works the best for this as it really holds its shape during handling.

Red Velvet Cupcakes With Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Recipe credit: Joy The Baker

Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • 4 Tbls. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbls. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbls. red food coloring
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup + 2Tbls. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. distilled white vinegar
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tbls. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 12 cupcake tines with paper liners.

  2. In a bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Turn mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together cocoa, vanilla and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter mixing thoroughly until completely combined.

  4. Turn mixer to low and slowly add half the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and salt and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.

  5. Turn mixer to low and add baking soda and white vinegar. Turn to high and beat a few more minutes.

  6. Divide the batter evenly into the cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

  7. Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then place them on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

  1. In a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy.

  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar, scraping down the bowl often.

  3. Add the vanilla and beat until all is incorporated.

For the packaging you will need:Valentine Cupcake Supplies

  • Clear plastic cocktail cups
  • Clear treat bags
  • Ribbon
  • Construction paper hearts – add names or a quote

Place the cocktail cup into the bottom of the treat bag.  Gently add the cupcake being careful not to damage the frosting.  Gather the top of the treat bag and

tie with the ribbon. Thread one end of the ribbon through the personalized paper heart and tie the ends of the ribbons together into a bow.Valentine Cupcake Gift

Now hand out those personalized little cupcake treats to your friends and loved ones and spread some joy!


Valentine Cupcake Gift 2


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Mini Mason Jar Valentine Treat

So. . . you wander on over to your local craft store, and if you’re lucky, you score some mini-mason jars for $1.00/each.

While you’re there, you think to yourself, “Hmmm, what could I do with this to make a Valentine treat?” Filling it with candy is a given – but it needs embellishments.  So you search the ribbon aisle and find some ribbon for $1.00/spool.

But. . .but. . .what’s the twist on this candy filled treat?  Oh, you know – buried treasure!  So you walk on over to the floral aisle and pick up some clear pebbles because you’re going to paint hearts on them with acrylic paint and hide them at the bottom of  the jar.

And then, as you’re reading this, you get distracted by the cute kitten picture. Miss Molly sends her love!

Then you will need a tag.  Every gift needs a tag. Before you leave the store, you think about what you might have in your stash. Acrylic paint for the pebbles? Stickers? Paper? Stamps? Stamp Pads? FYI – this tag was stamped, the edges “distressed”,  the paper “antiqued” with three colors of ink and glitter glued because I have lots of stash.  Do you need to do all that? Heck no.  Whatever you create will be beautiful because it was made with love.

Now, while you’re out and about, keep an eye out for Valentine chocolates on sale.  (It took about 1/3 of a 18.5 oz. bag of Kisses to fill this little jar.)

After adding the painted pebbles (I used a bit of cement glue to adhere them in place), fill the jar with candies, add the ribbon and tag and VIOLA – a special treat for your special peoples for about $2.50 each.  That is less then the cost of a store bought card!

Happy Day Of Love to all!



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