When Foodstirs reached out to me to send me their Valentines Day themed cupcake kit (Cutie Cupcakes Kit) I was so excited! Not only me, but my girls too! They love to bake, but I have to admit – I am a nervous wreck when they are in the kitchen. You feel me? Now, obviously my first question was if it was Kosher as I keep a strictly Kosher diet. Guess what? They are Kosher, including the brands they use for the food coloring and chocolate chips that’s included in the kit! Now, if you haven’t heard of Foodstirs, they are Organic and Non-GMO. And a lot of their baking mixes are sold in stores. And come to think of it, I didn’t realize at the time, but I have bought some of their mixes from Target! Yes, I’m an airhead LOL.
The Cutie Cupcake Kit includes the following:
- Foodstirs Organic Ultimate Chocolate Cake Mix
- Foodstirs Organic Vanilla Frosting Mix
- Artisan Kettle Organic Semi Sweet Chocolate Chip packet
- Color Kitchen Pink Plant Based Dye packet
- Piping bag
- 8 Heart shaped Red and Pink Silicone Molds
We started with mixing the Ultimate Chocolate Cake Mix. It called for 1/3 vegetable oil (I used olive oil) and 1/2 cup hot water. I left out the egg. It’s vegan without it! But no, I actually forgot to add it in LOL! My youngest daughter mixed that up while my oldest daughter mixed up the Vanilla Frosting. For the Vanilla Frosting mix it says to add 1 tablespoon of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter with the Color Kitchen Pink dye. But we decided to tweak it up a bit and make up our own concoction. We did 2 tablespoons of non-dairy cream cheese frosting (gotta keep it vegan!) with the Vanilla Frosting Mix and Pink dye. It worked out perfect and was delicious! Like finger licking good!
After those 2 were mixed up, we dropped spoonfuls of the cake mix into the heart shaped silicone molds and baked it on 350 for 19 minutes (says 17-20 minutes). Now the frosting part to come next was the hard part. Getting it into the piping bag was not an easy game. I am no baker, so if there was an easier way than using a spoon and trying to get it in the bag without it getting everywhere, I wouldn’t know that ha! Plus, YouTube was not a thought at that moment while I was having a mini battle. If anyone has tips for next time, let me know in the comments!
After the cupcakes were finished baking and cooled down, the instructions said to cut out carefully a circle in the middle of the cupcakes in order to fill them up with some of the pink frosting. Um…nope. This was hard for me too LOL. I also think it was because the only smallest teaspoon tool I had was plastic and not the metal ones which would have worked much better. But I made it work. Whatever I scooped out, went right back on top after the frosting was piped in. Trust me, it all tastes the same and anyway as the top of the cupcake was going to get smothered in more deliciousness.
I then took the Artisan Kettle Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips and melted it in the microwave with 1 teaspoon of oil as the instructions said. I did it in 30 second increments stirring each time. By the third time, it was all melted. I covered the top of all the cupcakes with the melted chocolate chips and then stuck them in the refrigerator. This allowed the chocolate on top to dry hard enough in order to be able to decorate them with the rest of the pink frosting.
After I want to say 25 minutes, it was all dried up and hard. And now for the fun part! I thought trying to write LOVE or making designs would be hard, but it was quite easy and my favorite part. I also did this alone as I wanted nice looking cupcakes for pictures #bloggerproblems.
And the BEST part! Eating them! The girls LOVED them! They are so, so delicious! Seriously, yummy! And I think these are so fun to do with kids whether it’s your own kids or students if you’re a teacher! But hey, even to do yourself it’s fun!