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.
- 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.
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.
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.