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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

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Chocolate Cupcakes with fresh Strawberry Frosting, these Valentine’s Day Cupcakes are filled with flavor and easy to make. The kids can help decorate them with you too.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting for Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Valentine’s Day and cupcakes some how just go together, don’t you agree? Whether you bake Pink Velvet Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Cupcakes with a Heart in the center, or even a fun Cupcake Fondue with heart shaped mini cupcakes, you really can’t go wrong. 

The Valentine’s Day Cupcake ideas are endless, but when I think of flavor combinations – chocolate and strawberry come to mind. 

Valentines Day Cupcake Ideas

These Chocolate Cupcakes start with a box mix. Any chocolate flavor will work, these are Devil’s Food. Then add ingredients to make it taste homemade – 

Chocolate Cupcakes from a Cake Mix 

  • Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Buttermilk – add 1 tablespoon vinegar to a 1 cup measuring cup, then fill with milk, let set 2-3 minutes and the milk will begin to curdle, that is what you want
  • 1/3 cup oil – or the same amount of oil on the box. Vegetable or Canola Oil are best to use.
  • 4 large eggs – room temperature – if you forget to take the eggs from refrigerator, add the eggs to a measuring cup or bowl and fill with hot water, let set 4-5 minutes

Baker’s Tip #1 – to be sure the batter is smooth, add cake mix to mixing bowl, then use a whisk to break up any large pieces of mix

Baker’s Tip #2 – this same recipe works for any flavor of cake mix – I have used this recipe in flavored cupcakes like these Pina Colada Cupcakes, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes, and most of the Cupcakes I bake. 

Strawberry Frosting 

The Strawberry Frosting begins with Buttercream Frosting – butter, powdered sugar and milk, and then Homemade Strawberry Glaze is added to bring in the strawberry flavor and freshness. 

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 batch Homemade Strawberry Glaze
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk

Baker’s Tip #3 – be sure the butter is soft and not melted. To softened, leave out on counter for several hours. If you forget, you can microwave it, but be sure to heat about 10 seconds, then 5 seconds only until butter is soft

Baker’s Tip #4 – you will have some leftover Strawberry Glaze. It’s perfect on toast! Or add it to other dessert like Cheesecake

Baker’s Tip #5 – Add powdered sugar gradually, it’s easier to add more if the frosting is too thin. If you happen to add too much powdered sugar, add a little milk 

Baker’s Tip #6 – Alternate powdered sugar with milk and strawberry glaze, this will give you a fluffy frosting

How to Decorate Valentine’s Day Cupcakes


  • Decorator Bag
  • #1M Tip – my favorite
  • Sprinkles
  • Candy – M&M’s, Chocolate Kisses and more
  • Cookies – the Valentine’s Day Oreos are fun

To decorate – fit a decorator bag with #1M Tip, fill with frosting and add to cupcake. To learn how to add the frosting – see my tips

Now the kids can help decorate – add sprinkles, candy, cookies or whatever you like

Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting for Valentines Day

Looking for more Valentine’s Day Cupcake Ideas? Click on the photo for the recipe!

Strawberry Cupcakes with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries    Cupcake Fondue    Pink Velvet Cupcakes    Red Velvet Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Cupcakes


Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting for Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting


  • 1 box chocolate or devils food cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk - instead of water - add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup measuring cup, add milk and let set 2-3 minutes
  • 1/3 cup oil - canola or vegetable
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 batch - Homemade Strawberry Glaze (recipe here) - you will use 1/3 cup and have some leftover

recipe here

  • 2-4 tablespoons milk


  • Decorator Bag fitted with a #1M Tip

#1M Tip

  • Sprinkles and/or Candy
  • Decorator Bag


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Add cupcake liners to muffin pan

Mix cake mix, buttermilk, oil and eggs until smooth

Divide cake batter into cupcake liners using a cookie dough scoop

Bake 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean



Add butter to large bowl or mixing bowl for stand mixer, beat until smooth and creamy

Gradually add powdered sugar, alternating with milk

Add 1/3 cup strawberry glaze, beat well

Add more powdered sugar

Continue to add powdered sugar until desired consistency


Fill decorator bag with frosting and pipe onto cupcake

Add sprinkles and candy

Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

The taste best served at room temperature.

Store leftovers in fridge


Substitute for fresh strawberry glaze is strawberry extract

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g






  1. ImI’m doing these right now as we seek and I don’t understand how u got the middle gull of fluff…and when u pit the fluff in the cake..I’d already baked the cupcakes and was going to put the fluff in them when they cooled bur is there another way??

  2. I ‘ve never piped icing on cupcakes before do you think I will be able to get it the first time since I’ve never done this beforehand please help with good to tips for of the first timers thanks so much 🙂

  3. How long can these cupcakes sit out before serving. I’ve always wanted to try this frosting but unsure about leaving them out.

    1. Hi Carla, the cupcakes can be left out a few hours and they will be fine. I would treat them like any other dairy product that you leave out during a party, like salads with mayo.
      Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I am subscribed to Hoosier Homemade and Cupcake Chronicles.

  5. My favorite valentine treats are homemade cookies! I’d love to win this package. 🙂

  6. Gigi Cuccaro says:

    What a cute idea! <3

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