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Strawberry Valentine Poke Cupcakes

Strawberry Poke Valentine Cupcakes

Olives-n-Okra
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 38 mins
Servings 24 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3- ounce box strawberry Jell-O
  • 42 Valentine themed baking cups

Frosting

  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or strawberry extract
  • Valentine candy sprinkles

Instructions
 

To make the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 12-cup regular size muffin pans with 24 of the Valentine themed baking cups.
  • In a small bowl or cup, stir together milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift flour and baking powder together.
  • Set electric mixer to medium, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add flour to butter mixture alternately with milk. Beat on low speed until blended.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg whites at medium speed until stiff peaks form; gently fold into batter. Fill baking cups about two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 350°F for 18-22 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for about 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks. Cool about 20 minutes.
  • While the cupcakes are cooling, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over Jell-O. Mix until dissolved.
  • Using a toothpick, poke each cupcake several times. Spoon one tablespoon of the jello mixture over each cupcake. Return to wire racks. Cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting:

  • In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and shortening until smooth.
  • Add vanilla. Add milk a little at a time until frosting is smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes.
  • Dollop about one heaping tablespoon of frosting on top of each cupcake. Fluff frosting with back of spoon. Add about a pinch of Valentine themed sprinkles to top of each cupcake. Put each decorated cupcake in second baking cup.
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