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Conversation Cupcakes

 Conversation Cupcakes
It's a snap to spell out sweet sentiments on these quaint cupcakes when you bake a batch ahead of time using convenient cake mix. You don't even need a heart-shaped muffin tin to make them. -Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
28 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon butter flavoring, optional
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 to 2 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1 to 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1 to 2 drops blue food coloring, optional


  • Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions for cupcakes.
  • Place paper or foil liners in a heart-shaped or standard muffin tin.
  • Fill cups half full of batter. Bake according to package directions
  • for cupcakes. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to
  • cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar,
  • butter, shortening, vanilla, butter flavoring if desired and milk
  • until smooth.
  • Divide frosting into fourths if desired; place in four separate
  • bowls. Leave one bowl untinted. Add one color of food coloring to
  • each of the other three bowls; stir until well blended. Frost
  • cupcakes. Pipe untinted frosting around edges and decorate tops with

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Conversation Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Valentine phrases. Yield: 28 cupcakes.