For the grand kids’ Valentine, I decided to make a pull-apart cake. This cake is made from mini-cupcakes; I invite you to look at the article I wrote about making the mini-cupcakes if you are interested in making the cupcakes richer than they would normally be coming from a cake mix box. Otherwise, you need to use a little more of the cake mix to get the 36 mini-cupcakes;
I can no longer find the article that tells what I used before I started making the richer version of cupcakes as formulated by Blake’s Decorette Shop. I believe that I weighed out half of the cake mix, and then divided the water and oil in half, and used 2 eggs- you can’t divide 3 eggs in half. Anyway, as I remember this gave me enough batter for 36 mini-cupcakes. Now, I am using the recipe in the Mini-Cupcakes article mentioned above. It only uses a quarter of the box of cake mix.
I used a “Triple Chocolate” cake mix; after all, Valentines Day is all about chocolate, and so I felt it appropriate to make the cake chocolate.
This photo shows the layout of the cupcakes to make the Valentine heart. There are 25 cupcakes in the heart, so you will have extras. One thing I like to do with the extras is to place them around the edges of the cake board as individual items and not as part of the basic design. Otherwise, I would have a lot of left over cupcakes that I would end up eating, and I don’t need to do that.
I used a butter cream frosting on the cupcakes; the frosting is thick enough to fill the gaps between cupcakes. Then I used white butter cream frosting to pipe lace around the heart, and to pipe the letters on the heart.