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You Send My Heart into Orbit

Contest Photo by: lisascanlon044
Ithaca, NY
Category: Cupcakes

Description

My son is really into space lately, so we decided to make a valentine cupcake having to do with space in some way. He has become fascinated with orbits around the sun, so this seemed perfect. Because we're watching our diets, we wanted a lighter cupcake so that we could enjoy the decorations on top with a little less guilt! We chose angel food cake beacause of its non fat properties. Plus, it feels like it's floating on air!

Ingredients

1 pkg Angel Food cake mix
1 1/4 C water
1 container french vanilla frosting
Red or pink food coloring
Reeses Peanut Butter cups (we chose small cups with gold wrappers to look like the sun)
Red licorice ropes
Small jelly hearts

How to Make

  • Prepare the cupcakes according to the package directions. Use a valentine themed cupcake paper. Mix the frosting with 8-10 drops of red or hot pink food coloring.

  • Using a plastic storage bag, spoon the frosting in and cut a small corner off. Squeeze frosting onto cooled cupcake. Use a toothpick to secure a Peanut Butter Cup to the top of the cupcake.

  • For the heart orbiting, use a toothpick to poke a hole all the way through the jelly heart, sideways. Then, poke the red licorice rope through. The ropes work best when they have been refrigerated--they get a bit stiffer. Use appx 2" of rope, and center the heart on the rope. Make a circle with the heart at the top, and push the two ends of the rope into the frosting, so that it makes a circle. You can use frosting to secure a couple points of the orbit to the PB cup, but you might not need to. Rest the tip of the heart onto the top of the PB cup so it will stay. Once the frosting hardens a bit, you'll be able to move the heart so that it looks like it's floating (or orbiting) around the peanut butter cup.

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