First, we'll start with the cupcake...
Can you see the written message in one of these photos??
What you will need:
-1 heart-shaped box of chocolates (or more depending on how many boxes you want to make. One box will make two holders since you can use the cover as well)
-Valentine's Day candies such as M&M's, conversation hearts, kisses, etc.
-8 cupcakes per box (I made vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet. Use any flavor you wish to bake)
-Frosting (I made vanilla, chocolate, and cream cheese to go along with my cupcakes, but again, use whatever you want)
First, dump out all of the candies that come in the heart boxes and set aside. Frost your cupcakes and place them in the boxes. If you squeeze them in just enough, you will be able to fit 8 (you can follow my set up from the photos above).
Now, for the fun part.... Decorate the cupcakes any way you want! I usually use some of the reserved candies from the boxes, on top of kisses, conversation hearts, etc... Just have fun!
Once the cupcakes are all decorated, use the rest of the reserved candies (I also use unwrapped Hershey kisses) to fill in the little gaps between the cupcakes. That way everything gets filled in and it still gives the appearance of being a box of chocolates.
Now, it's time for the Red Velvet cakes hearts...
What you will need:
-Red velvet cake, already made and ready to use
-Cream cheese frosting
-Milk, white, or dark chocolate (whichever you prefer)
-Chocolate for drizzling (I already had pink colored chocolate, but you can just add food coloring to white chocolate in order to get a pink or a red, etc...)
-Heart-shaped cookie cutter
Cut the red velvet cake up into chunks and place in a large mixing bowl. Mash up the cake until it is all broken up and crumbly. Add the cream cheese frosting. It usually takes one batch of frosting per cake. Mix together until the cake begins to ball up and the frosting is mixed in well.
Scoop out the batter with a cookie scoop a little at a time. Lightly press down so you have enough room to push a heart-shaped cookie cutter through. Peel away the access and place the heart shaped cake ball on the parchment paper on a pan. If you do not have a heart shaped cookie cutter you can just roll the batter into little truffle-sized balls like this:
Once you are done cutting out your hearts, melt the milk chocolate (or whichever kind of chocolate you are using) in a microwave safe bowl or a double boiler (the microwave method will just save time). Dip each heart into the melted chocolate until completely covered and return it to the parchment paper. Repeat this step until all of your cake hearts are covered in chocolate. Place the cake hearts in the fridge to let the chocolate harden and cool.
Once the chocolate is hard, you can leave the cake hearts as they are, or melt a different colored chocolate to drizzle over the top. Remember, you can use any type of cake and frosting pair for cake balls, such chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, vanilla with vanilla, orange cake with vanilla, carrot with cream cheese, and so on - the list is endless!
And last but not least (but certainly the easiest), chocolate covered strawberries...
What you will need:
-Milk, dark, or white chocolate
Rinse off strawberries thoroughly and pat dry. Make sure they are dry enough so that the chocolate will stick more easily. Set aside.
Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Take each strawberry, one at a time, and dip into the chocolate. Once the strawberry has been dipped into the chocolate, place it on a piece of parchment paper. Repeat this process for the rest of the strawberries. Once all the strawberries have been dipped, place in the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden and cool. Once the chocolate is hard, remove the strawberries from the fridge and melt a different kind of chocolate (such as white chocolate) to drizzle over the top. To get more neat lines, you can pour the white chocolate into a bag, cut a tiny piece off of one of the corner, and squeeze the chocolate out that way. Allow to cool again, and enjoy!
Happy Valentine's Day!