Window Cupcakes

I spotted these cupcakes over at The Weekly Sweet Experiment, and anytime I see something easy on a fabulous decorator blog, I feel almost obligated to give it a try.  You know, to pretend I’m fabulous too. ;)

These actually are really easy and low-fuss (and you know I love that when it comes to working in the kitchen).  And the wow-factor is definitely higher than the amount of work involved.  Take a look:

Easy Valentine Window Cupcakes

Foodie-mamas probably have a delicious go-to cupcake recipe complete with buttercream frosting, but I just use a mix and a tub.  Hey, I freely admit I simplify wherever possible!
Whatever recipe you choose to use, just bake and cool your cupcakes.  You’ll need a small cookie cutter (how small depends on what size cupcakes you bake.  It needs to be small enough to fit within the diameter of the cupcake with a little room to spare) and a bread knife or other serrated knife.  Cut the top of your cupcake off.

Use your cutter to cut a shape in the top.  It’s Valentine’s Day, so naturally I used a heart.  A heart is also the only shape I have this size, so that makes it a very easy choice.  And by the way, if you’re wondering where I found this size, it’s the middle size from a Wilton fondant cutter set.  Not that I will ever tackle fondant, I just thought three sizes of hearts were likely to come in handy. :)

Now frost the top of the cupcake stump (I used both pink and white frosting, so some had a little taste of strawberry, and some didn’t):

Then just put the top back on, and you have a super cute cupcake with a festive window cutout!  (Susan also sprinkled hers with some powdered sugar to finish them off, but I liked them so well without it that I didn’t bother.)
Bonus, I didn’t need the cutouts for anything.  So I ate them while I worked, obviously. ;)

Easy Valentine Window Cupcakes

I didn’t eat them all, of course. They are an excellent size for baby-bribes, after all.

More proof that chocolate fixes just about everything.

~ Adrianne


  1. Terry says

    These turned out awesome. I'm so happy for you. I am a box and tub kind of gal too. I love to be in the kitchen but I seriously can't see spending the extra time on cupcakes. They are so awesome with minimal effort this way. Great picture of Raya. She's getting so big.

  2. MrsFoxsSweets says

    These look great and I love that they are such a quick and easy sweet to make. I can't believe how much Raya has grown up just in the past few months! She looks like such a big girl!

  3. Susan-The Weekly Sweet Experiment says

    See – you are fabulous! They look great. I agree with everyone else – Raya looks so big!! It goes by so fast. Have a great Sunday and thanks for the shout out!!!

  4. Jean Davis says

    Very cute! I love that the baker gets to eat the cut outs. That almost makes the extra effort of making pretty cupcakes worthwhile. :D

  5. Dorothy says

    Those are great! I love how easy they'd be to adapt to any occasion. And thanks for the Valentine Linky too!

  6. The Better Baker says

    I am shocked it was this simple. They look amazing! So glad you shared…congrats at being featured at Mix it up Monday!

  7. Deana says

    Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…..Theses are so cute..Have a wonderful Sunday:)

  8. Kadie says

    These are so clever!! I am going to have to find a little cookie cutter and give them a go. I tried the cover oreos for v-day. They were yummy but not nearly as cute as Thanks for sharing with us. :)

  9. Trish - Mom On Timeout says

    What a great an easy technique! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  10. Amber says

    OMG These look delicious! I must make them immediately! Thanks for linkig up this week, and wanted to elt you know that you're being featured today on the blog! Hope to see you again next week!

  11. Jen..The Butterfly Effect says

    Omg..those cakes look so darn yummilicious! And yea,you are a fabulous mom!! :) I should try this sometime!!! :)

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