Food Fun Friday - Valentine Swirl Cupcakes


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
  • Frosting
  • 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.

When the kids were done making a mess helping, I divided the batter into two bowls. We then used red food coloring to color the batter two different colors.  I had originally planned to have one batter be pink and the other dark red. Well after using tons of red food coloring I gave up at a light red. I didn't want to waste all my food coloring trying to get this batter dark red.

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.

This was really a great fine motor exercise for the kids. They got to squeeze really hard and watch the batter come out. We layered the colors so they were each taking turns squeezing pink and then red.

Don't worry if it looks messy, they will look very cool when baked and opened. The great part about using the squeeze bottle is that it's hard to mess these things up.

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.



  1. What a fun and yummy treat for the kids!
    I will have to try these with my daughters

  2. And what kid wouldn't love that project! Looks like the cupcake makers are enjoying their work. :-)

  3. Wow, looks fantastic. Getting tempted just by looking at these.

  4. My son would looooove making these! He's all about the idea of eating your creation lately. Thanks!

  5. Delicious. What an exciting project for the little ones.

  6. Looks like so yummie. My chocolate and cake lover husband would go crazy for this :)

  7. Thanks so much for stopping by! I love your DIY on here...I think I am going to tackle making those cupcakes tomorrow. They look soooo good!

  8. My kids love to help in the kitchen. They will LOVE to make these. :) I need to grab some squirty bottles!

  9. Great tutorial! This look so cute and yummy! Thanks for sharing. Pinned it!


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  11. Those look yummy and pretty lol. I love getting little hands involved when baking. L loves helping me with everything even cracking the egg. Your kids are adorable.

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  12. My girls are having a v-day party for their girlfriends - these are so cute that they may have to make them! I see you have twins - me too. Mine are 12!

  13. Thanks for visiting and following! I'm following back - you're getting me in the Valentines mood! :)

  14. I love that and so fun for the kids! I will have to try it with my little man once he gets better, thank you for sharing!

  15. Cute! I'll have to stick these in my valentine treat bags :)

  16. Yummy!! Going to have to borrow my friends kids to make some cupcakes!!

  17. What a fun, kid-friendly activity! This would be great for my 2.5 year old! I would never have thought about the squeeze bottles! Thanks so much for sharing and for your visit to my little blog today!

  18. I have a cherry chip cake mix in my pantry that expired a few days ago, so I need to use it up ASAP. This would be the perfect Valentine's treat to make! By the way, I have a great cookbook giveaway going on right now if you would like to enter?

  19. @ Kelsey, Thanks for stopping by! Hope you like them.
    @ Cranberry Morning, they enjoy the eating the most!
    @ Ambreen, I tried to be good with all the cupcakes and frosting, but it didn't turn out so well. :-)
    @ Vanessa, the kids really liked the colors inside.
    @ Adventure Academy Mom, thank you so much for the visit!
    @ Hanni, hope your hubby enjoys them!
    @ Melissa, Please let me know how they turn out.
    @ Krista, I thought I had seen some at the dollar store this summer, but haven't seen them in a while.
    @ Susan, thanks so much, I appreciate it!
    @ Louisa May, Thanks so much for the kind words.
    @ Danielia, Thanks so much! I always appreciate when you stop by.
    @ Kelly, twins are such fun. I just love the special relationship they share.
    @ Andrea, so happy you popped in.
    @ D, hope he is feeling better soon
    @ Anna, Thanks for stopping in!
    @ Amy, you can probably make them without the kids. :-)
    @ Beth, It was very easy for the kids to do. The hardest part was me filling the bottles.

  20. Those are so cute! I would love for you to link up at my new Valentine Party at!

  21. What a neat idea using condiment bottles!

  22. Oh my goodness! These look so good!! :) I love the idea of the squirt bottles! I'm totally going to do this with my boys! :) xo, Reannah

  23. These are so pretty. You have a good helper there. I bet they tasted amazing. Thanks for sharing. Besides my weekly Fri-monday linky, I am hosting a Valentine contest with some great prizes, hope you will stop by.

  24. They look so cute... and I'm with you, never miss out on a chance for frosting :)

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  25. I LOVE your recipe! That's a CUTE mess! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY and share this yummy recipe with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  26. Oooh they look fun and delicious! Mmmh, we need to get baking!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  27. This looks delish! I am a follower! Can you please post this at my Taste This Thursday party!?

  28. So Cute! Love seeing the kids helping out. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!

  29. Oh, these look yummy and fun. My daughter loves to bake, we'll have to give these a try for valentine's day.

    Thanks for stopping by RadCrafter!!


  30. @ Cheap Crafty Mama, thanks so much for the invite, I just linked up.
    @ Nicole, thanks so much!
    @ Lil Miss Red T shirt, I ate way too many of them. Thanks for the visit.
    @ Reannah, Let me know how they turn out!
    @ Mindie, thanks, I will stop by.
    @ Emily, viva la frosting!
    @ Sheryl, so excited to see you here. I just adore your blog!
    @ Sue, I don't know that they are always helpful, but we have fun.
    @ Maggy, so happy you popped in.
    @ Jonnique, Thanks so much for coming by!
    @ Lindy, the kids love to help, but they love to eat more.

  31. How cute are these? I was wondering from the picture how you made these. I see with two different colored batters. Very smart.


  32. These will be so fun to make with my little girl for a vday treat! Thank you for sharing at A Pintrresting Party!

  33. I'm loving these!!!

    I would love to invite you to link this to Weekend Show & Share at Adventures In Mommy Land or on our children's activity link party Hey Mom, Look What I Did.

  34. I really like this idea! You might have to teach me how to get the frosting to look so pretty! Looks like the girls had a ball too! Thanks for linking up with me @ D2f!
    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  35. yum!!!! This is making me hungry..LOL Thanks for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday :)


  36. How cute, I am sure my girls would love that. The bottles is a great idea, I use a bottle for a lot of my recipes, makes it so much easier than trying to scoop a small amount of batter.

  37. What a fantastic idea! I like the idea of using the squeeze bottles to mix the cake mixes. I bet I could get a swirling effect using those!

    Would love it if you stopped by my linky party and linked up!

  38. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello and I would love it if you would share this with our readers too for Fun Stuff Fridays!