Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine's Red Velvet Strawberry Short-Cupcakes

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I tell my hubby not to waste money buying me flowers on Valentine's Day because they are all over priced and "expected".  I would much rather get a few flowers on an ordinary day "just because" than on a day it's expected.   The things that excite me about Valentine's Day now (as a mother) are writing Valentine's Cards with my kids, helping out with their school parties and making sweet and delicious desserts to celebrate the day.  Last year it was my chocolate covered strawberries and whoopie pie fake-outs so I had to top that this year and I was stumped.  All my local grocery stores have strawberries on sale so I decided a strawberry shortcake would be a fun dessert, but I didn't want it to look like a summer-time treat.  I decided to swap out the traditional biscuit style shortcake for a red velvet cupcake.  Red velvet cake is perfect since it's goes with the red theme of Valentine's Day.  These Red Velvet Strawberry Short-cupcakes came out better than I even expected and my kids and hubby were thrilled by them.  I hope you try them out to make your Valentine's Day extra sweet.  Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day full of love and friendship.


Ingredients:
1 box of your favorite red velvet cake mix or substitute a scratch red velvet cake recipe (see note)
2 (8oz) bricks of cream cheese
1 (7 1/2oz) jar of marshmallow fluff
1 tub of cool whip
1 pint of strawberries

Notes:  I decided to use a box cake mix because it was easy and convenient.  I don't like the really dark almost "black" color the box cake mix comes out so I actually baked a box of red velvet cake with a box of yellow cake mix.  It gave me a more of a Valentine's "red" color and not so much a "black" one. If you do not have access to prepared cake mix you can substitute Paula Deen's Recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes.


Directions: 
Bake your cupcakes as directed.  I actually use Paula Deen's advice when it comes to baking from a box cake mix to make it richer: 
1. Add an extra egg to to the box cake mix (for example if the box calls for 3 eggs, use 4)  
2. Add butter in place of the vegetable oil  that is called for on the cake box.
3.  Add milk in place of the water that is called for on the cake box.

To prepare your cream cheese whipped topping: Bring the bricks of cream cheese to room temperature.  Then take an electric mixer and whip the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy.  Next add your marshmallow fluff to the cream cheese and mix well.  Finally fold in the cool whip topping until it forms a nice fluffy topping.
Note:  The marshmallow fluff is very sweet and was enough sugar for my whipped topping.  If you desire more sweetness just add some sugar when you are whipping the ingredients together (remember the whip topping will add sweetness too).

Here is a tip to pipping the topping onto the cupcakes:  Put your topping mixture into a pastry bag or a zip-loc bag. Push all the topping to one corner and snip off a small corner off the bag so you pipe your topping neatly.

Cut your cupcake in half and pipe the topping in the middle and load it with some fresh sliced strawberries.  Then add the top of the cupcake and top it again with the whip topping and strawberries. Serve and Enjoy!





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45 comments:

  1. These are SO gorgeous!I love that you sliced them in half and filled them with more goodness. Great recipe!

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  2. These are perfect, pinning, can't wait for strawberries to start coming in!

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  3. I got a major craving for strawberries last night. This would be perfect for me. It it was 9 degrees, I would run out and find some but I think I'll wait until it warms up a bit. This is a great idea for a valentine's day dessert, Ramona. Have a good weekend!

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  4. Mmmmm....simple and gorgeous!!! You've done it again!!!

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  5. What a gorgeous dessert for Valentine's! Love the fresh strawberry topping.

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  6. Beautiful dessert, Ramona! Love the strawberry toppers :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Ramona--These are beautiful! As soon as the page opened there were your gorgeous red and white shortcakes. This is the best use of the red velvet idea that I have ever seen. Also, thank you for the award! I have been snowed under this week with taking care of my mom, my grandchildren, and working so I haven't had time to even look at my own blog until about midnight last night. I even had to resort to back posting! Anyway, you are always very kind to comment on my blog. I appreciate your support so much. Thank you.

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  8. Ooooh yum! How decadent and gorgeous in the color contrast. I'd love one of these :)

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  9. The one and only day I got flowers from my husband was on the 4th of July. Go figure! Great cupcakes!

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  10. Ooohh, these are just beautiful. A perfect Valentine's dessert. Have a wonderful day!!

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  11. These are beautiful, looks delicious! I agree with you also, flowers on other days are much better than on the "expected" day!

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  12. Great and Simple Yummy recipe,I love the color !!
    Ridwan

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  13. These are so pretty! I agree with you 100% I prefer to only get flowers as a surprise. My husband and I decided we are going to even skip on the over priced out to eat meal this year and just take a wine and cheese platter to the beach with a blanket to watch the sunset. Some of the best things in life are free =)

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  14. Those are so much prettier than plain old shortcakes and just the perfect color for Valentine's Day!!

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  15. Beautiful! I can see how your hubby and children would be happy and impressed with these. I like your thinking re the flowers. :)

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  16. Oh these are just beautiful!!!! I bet everyone at the school party was impressed! You've combined two of the most requested desserts for Valentine's Day...strawberries and red velvet! Perfect! Hope you are having a great weekend, Ramona! : )

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  17. Wow these look incredible. I can just taste the chocolate cake, whipped cream and strawberries. A little bit of heaven. Thanks for Sharing the recipe

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  18. wow..wow!! They look fantastic! Loved the vibrant colour & the pretty decoration! I'll be so happy if you share this with my ongoing-''Valentine's Day Event''(till Feb 20th)

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  19. wow these look gorgeous :) and lovely garnish and snaps!

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  20. I totally agree about Valentine's Day and flowers. I love it because there are a whole list of activities and fun things to make with the kids, not because I get flowers. Your short-cupcakes are so pretty! Love it!

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  21. Stop the presses!! These are gorgeous and how I wish I could buzz you more than once. Woo-hoo!!!!!!

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  22. Beautiful cupcakes, Ramona. My daughter in law LOVES anything red velvet and I know she would practically kill for these

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  23. How beautiful! Perfect for Valentine!

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  24. I was about to comment on your yummy seafood chowder when I got distracted by these beauties. I would also prefer to get flowers on an ordinary day than the expected day. I'm a lucky girl because I get both :) Your cupcakes are making my mouth water. They look straight out of an expensive bakery. Happy Valentine's Day and stay warm/

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  25. These are beautiful! I love red velvet and I love strawberry shortcakes!

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  26. These are just so gorgeous, what a lovely idea and so perfect for V day :)

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  27. Ramona, these look AMAZING! How clever to make red velvet strawberry SHORTCAKE cupcakes! Congratulations on Top 9...no surprise there!

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  28. So lovely, I know the taste is surely great...you deserve to be on of the Top. Congratulation

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  29. These are fantastic and perfect to have for Valentine's Day ~ They are so pretty :D

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  31. So happy to see these in the Top 9!

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  32. Congratulations on top 9 Ramona! This looks fabulous. :)

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  33. Ramona these look sooo cute!! I love that you used red velvet cake for Valentine's Day. P.S. Thanks for my Happy Blog Award! :)

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  34. Wow! These are absolutely beautiful. Who wouldn't want these on Valentine's Day (or any day for that matter?) Congrats on Top 9 as well :D I can't wait to share this recipe with all my fellow baking friends.

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  35. this is adorable, such a great idea!! My kind of cake for vday :)

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  36. these are adorable for valentines day! i love red velvet and i love strawberry shortcake! yummy! :)

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  37. Turning a red velvet cupcake into a shortcake is a genius idea!

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  38. These looks amazing! Love the idea, and they look wonderful! Congrats on the top 9!

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  39. Valentine's day in Brazil is on June 12th. These red cupcakes are a great idea for the occasion! I do understand you about flowers and kids! Loved to hear that you have fun on making cards with them. Cute!

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  40. Such a Pretty Cake.
    This is a perfect gift for someone special.
    Your Pics looks fantastic.
    Thank You.

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  41. I made these last night for my hubby and he loved them! They were a huge hit! So yummy! I will definitely be making these again! :)

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