With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Raspberry Frosted Sweetheart Chocolate Cupcakes for My Sweethearts

Friday, May 4, 2012

Raspberry Frosted Sweetheart Chocolate Cupcakes for My Sweethearts

Ella (I'm her caregiver) was excited to bring her Disney Princess Cupcakes and more cookbook to show me and she promptly picked out something for us to bake together. Little did we know when making them that my daughter, Jamie and her family would be spending the day with us.

Jamie needed some rest and was looking for a chance to get out of the house so I told her to gather the kids just as they were, hop in the car and come and spend the day.

Thinking of how to throw together a plan for a houseful of children and remembering that it was my schnauzer, Raiders 9th birthday I told the kids we were having a Pizza Birthday Party to celebrate.  A menu of frozen pizza, canned peaches and popped popcorn would have to cover the nutritional chart this day. I even found some cute napkins and cups and no one minded that there were snowmen on them.

Well, the kids had a great time playing together, eating and celebrating Raiders birthday. I managed to keep them entertained and somewhat quiet and Jamie managed a few hours of needed sleep with her littlest one.

The cupcakes turned out so cute and a great cooking-with-kids project. Using a boxed cake mix and a tub of frosting, even the youngest baker will enjoy the experience. I didn't have frosting on hand when Ella came, so we spent just a little extra time to make cream cheese frosting.

Sweetheart Cupcakes
source Disney Princess Cupcakes and more cookbook

1 pkg, chocolate cake mix , plus ingredients to prepare mix
1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
3 Tbs. seedless raspberry jam
Sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 22 standard muffin cups with paper baking cups

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spoon batter into prepared muffins cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake about 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean.  Cool cupcakes in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Blend frosting and jam in medium bowl until smooth.  Cut off rounded tops of cupcakes with serrated knife. Cut out heart shape from each cupcake top with mini cookie cutter; reserve cutouts, if desired.

Spread frosting mixture generously over cupcake bottoms, mounding slightly in center.  Replace cupcake tops, pressing gently to fill hearts with frosting.  Garnish with heart cutouts and sprinkles, if desired.


  • I didn't have a container of frosting so I made a batch of cream cheese frosting and then stirred in the jam.
  • I piped the frosting onto the cupcake bottom and then, after adding the top, I piped into the hole with additional frosting.
  • I did not have a small heart-shaped cookie cutter so used a round one.  A heart shape would be really cute though.
Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese

4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

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PlainVanillaMom said...

Oh my! These look delish!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

It must have been a fun day. The cupcakes look delicious.


Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a great mom and grandmom you are! Glad your daughter was able to get some rest while you entertained everyone. The cupcakes look great. Love the idea of removing the top and putting the icing on them like that! Great pictures as usual! Enjoy your Friday!

Suzanne said...

What a blessing you are to your daughter! I love doing that for mine too. I remember so well those days where I just needed a few hours of sleep..LOL! Ella is fortunate to have you too--you make things fun, Lorraine:-)

Debbie said...

Good morning! What a good mom and grandma you are....the cupcakes look soo yummy. My grands would love this too. May have to give it a whirl. Don't know how I missed your previous post, but I loved it. What a darling little bunch of grands. Such a sweet family. How blessed you are. Enjoy your week-end!

Debbie Huffaker said...

Oh, how fun!!! Look at those smiles!!! You're such a great Mom and GRAND-Mom!!! Love the picture of your daughter and the new baby!

Jacqueline said...

You are so wonderful! What beautiful cupcakes. I love the frosting spilling out all over the place in such an elegant manner. There is nothing like memories made in the kitchen!!!!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

I CANNOT think of a better day! You are a blessing to those you love :)

Have a great weekend!

Blessings to YOU!

Heather Kinnaird said...

what gorgeous cupcakes

Nancy's Notes said...

Beautiful and yummy looking! Thanks for sharing!

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

What a very special time for you. And baking those cupcakes...well a a precious bonding experience. Thankyou for sharing your wonderful family with us. And hey those cupcakes look good too!! :D

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- I love the sweet recipes you post. They are just down-home REAL recipes that you can do without a lot of fuss and bother. My grandgirls would love to make these. Thanks so much! xo Diana

Janice said...

You are such a star! What a lovely thing to do for a new mum XXX

Melissa said...

What a nice thing for you to do!
Love all the photos! =)

Susan said...

What a good idea to stir in raspberry jam into the creamd cheese frosting, LDH. The cuppy cakes looked yummy. Bet when the gang all left you needed a little rest, too! ha! Take care. Susan

Earning My Cape said...

Those look so yummy and pretty!

Ann said...

This reminded me of when I was a young mother and needed a break. My dad used to come to my rescue. Of course we never had any impromptu doggy birthday parties :)
Happy 9th birthday to Raider

Patrice said...

I'll take a few!

Sue said...

How sweet is this you got to have special time with the grandchildren and your daughter got some rest, what a treasure you are to your family. The cupcakes look so delicious too.
I enjoyed your last post so much, I was thinking of all the memories that are being placed into those memory banks and the dividends that will be drawn on them.
You have such a beautiful family.
Thank you for sharing,

The Tablescaper said...

Sounds like such fun.

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dee gold said...

thay really look yummy

dee gold said...

Sorry for the typo.
They really look yummy.I would try your recipe.Thanks again.

Cheryl said...

How perfect that you had already made the cupcakes and were ready to extend on-the-spot hospitality to your weary daughter and her sweet family! I am sure that Ella is learning so much from you.

Jutta said...

How delicious!!! And beautiful pics too!

podso said...

And you are a sweetheart grandma, that's obvious!

AndiWinslow said...

beautiful picture of your cupcakes, so easy and limited ingredients. Sounds like you all had a fun day Nice post andi

Carol said...

Great looking cupcakes, delicious and pretty! What a fun spur of the moment party, you are amazing. Looks like a fun time.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Who doesn't enjoy cupcakes...looks like a lot of fun...and so glad she got a little rest, with baby is her arms, just precious

Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage said...

Love these!

Winnie said...

Irresistible looking cupcakes !!

Imageremix said...

Hi, I found you through Serenity You's Link party. You have made me suddenly very hungry for cake! Looks wonderful. Hope you'll stop by my place sometime. Tomorrow I'll probably be posting my hot fudge recipe! :)

Just a little something from Judy said...

I can't imagine a recipe that you would share that would not look delicious. You have a way of making everything look so good. I like seeing your family interacting with each other. What joy you all seem to have by just being together.

Amanda said...

I love your presentation!

Mama Jodi said...

These look absolutely amazing. They're beautiful and just look like they would be so tasty. Great work! Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

Sandi said...

You can make cupcakes for me anytime!! lol They look so delicious!! yummo!!

You have such a kind heart...God bless you!! :)

Happy Whimsical Hearts said...

How lovely to be able to help out and make the day so special! Your cupcakes look super tasty, and I bet the much needed sleep was appreciated :-)

Thanks for sharing on Happy Family Times!

Slice of Southern said...

'm loving this recipe!! I'm having another linky party going on right now. Would love for you to stop by and link up! Southern Sundays is at www.asliceofsouthern.blogspot.com

Slice of Southern said...

Thanks for linking up this wonderful recipe to Southern Sundays! Hope to see you back again next week!

beti said...

aww they look so cute!!


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