With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, we thought we would bake some special cupcakes. Hey, it’s never too early to get ready for the big day. I thought we would try and make some color swirl cupcakes using squirt bottles so it would be easier for the kids to help. These were simple to make, and the mess was somewhat contained because of the bottles.
Supplies you will need:
- Cake mix (yes, I got it on clearance at Target for 71 cents)
- Squirt bottles, like you would use for condiments
- Red Food Coloring
- Muffin tray
The first step is to prepare the cake mix as directed. I have some great little bakers who love to help me make cupcakes. Here they are adding the ingredients and helping to stir.
Even the littlest ones can help in the kitchen. Check out Little C’s mad stirring skills.
Then I used a funnel to pour some of the batter into these squeeze bottles. I got my bottles at Michael’s (with a 40% off coupon). I got it in the candy melt section, and I plan to use them when making chocolate lollipops, but they work great for this too. Any type of squeeze bottle that you would use for ketchup or mustard would work well. My only tip is to make sure the batter is beaten enough so you don’t have little balls of batter clogging the spout.
Bake according to the package directions. This is what ours looked like before they went in the oven.
And here they are when they were done baking. Pretty cool, right?
They are pretty enough to serve as is, but I ADORE frosting, so you know I was not going to miss a chance to heap some on.
This is what you find when you cut into the swirl cupcakes. So pretty and easy. Hubby kept asking how we did it, thinking it was a lot of work. Let’s not tell him it was so easy. Make some for your sweetie this Valentine’s day.