The way to a man's heart is through his stomach right? So why not bake him up something special this Valentine's Day and show him how much you love him. Get the kids involved as well with these 7 Sweet Recipes for Valentine's Day...
1. Love Letter Cupcakes...
Spell your love out with little glazed alphabet cookies on your cupcake recipe for Valentine's Day. Using an icing piper can be such a pain in the butt sometimes when you're trying to spell out names and words. Make things easier on yourself by using small letter cookies that are pre-iced and sprinkle a little colored sugar on top for a pop of color.
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 box (17.59 ounces) dark-chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 package (11.5 ounces) milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup sour cream
Heat oven to 350 degrees . Line the cups in two standard-size 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners
Grate the zest from the orange (about 2 teaspoons). Squeeze juice from orange into a 1-cup measuring cup. Add water to measuring cup to equal 1 cup liquid; set aside
In medium-size bowl, with electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon orange zest about 1 minute or until smooth; set aside
In large bowl, combine cake mix, remaining 3 eggs, orange juice-water mixture, oil, remaining orange zest, cinnamon and chocolate syrup packet if included in box. With same beaters, beat on low speed for 30 seconds to moisten. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes
Fill each prepared muffin cup with scant 1/4 cup of the chocolate cake batter. Spoon cream cheese mixture into large pastry bag fitted with 1/4-inch plain round tip. Insert tip into batter of each cupcake. Squeeze some filling into center of each (top will bulge slightly)
Bake at 350 degrees about 24 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups to wire racks; let cool
In large microwave-safe glass bowl, microwave chocolate chips on HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring to melt. With electric mixer on medium speed, beat in sour cream until fluffy and good spreading consistency. Let frosting sit at room temperature until cupcakes are cooled. Frost each cupcake with 1 tablespoon of the frosting. Store cupcakes, covered, in refrigerator for up to 3 days.