Surprise Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

by Jennifer on February 11, 2013

in Cupcakes, Valentine's Day Desserts

Surprise Valentine Cupcakes by Not Your Momma's Cookie

XOXOXOXOXOXO!

So, I know that the weird mix of letters above means hugs and kisses, but do you know which one means hugs and which one means kisses? Because I didn’t until my husband enlightened me. He said the O’s are hugs and the X’s are kisses.

But…why?

He said that the O’s are like your arms in a hug. But then…how are X’s like kisses? I guessed that it was because of the way each person tilts their head in the opposite direction when they kiss. Which, turns out, is totally false, according to the all-knowing peoples of the internet. Oh well, I like my theory better.

These cupcakes are made using the same method as my star spangled cupcakes or my fabulous fall cupcakes, so I’m not including another photographic tutorial here – just go check out one of them!

I had to hand-cut the X’s and O’s, but I think this small alphabet set would do the trick! I got the XO sprinkles from Walmart and the awesome pink and red liners from Bakers’ Stock!

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Surprise Valentine Cupcakes
 
Super easy surprise cupcakes for Valentine’s Day!
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Recipe type: Cupcakes
Ingredients
  • One box of white cake mix
  • Ingredients to prepare cake mix (typically eggs, water, and oil)
  • One can of white frosting
  • Red and pink food coloring
  • Cupcake liners
  • X and O cookie cutters
  • 1M tip for icing, optional
  • XO sprinkles, optional
Instructions
  1. Prepare cake mix as directed. Separate about ⅓ of the batter into two bowls (so about ⅙ of the batter per bowl). Color one bowl pink and one bowl red.
  2. Grease an 8×8 pan. Spoon the red batter on one side of the pan and pink batter in the other, so there is half a pan of each color. Bake as directed for 8×8 pans.
  3. Once the 8×8 pan has cooled, use the cookie cutters to cut out X’s and O’s. Cut out 6 of each letter.
  4. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Place a small amount of uncolored batter in each liner. Place one letter in each cupcake liner, all facing the same direction. Scoop the uncolored batter all around and on top of the colored letter, so it is not visible. Bake as directed for your box mix (bake at the lower end of the cupcake cooking time). Cool.
  5. Frost (with 1M tip, if desired). Makes approximately 10-12 cupcakes.

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1 Hani@Haniela's February 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

I wondered…
These are so darling Jennifer! Could be done with a other themes as well.
Thanks for the inspiration.

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2 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Thank you, Hani! :)

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3 Hani@Haniela's February 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

I mean I wondered about xo which stands for what. Now I know.

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4 Janine - sugarkissed.net February 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

I love the twist you gave these by using Xs and Os instead of heart! Truly a surprise!

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5 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Thanks so much, Janine! :)

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6 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings February 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

these are so adorable!!!

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7 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Thanks, Elizabeth! :)

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8 Mike @ Semi Sweet February 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I’ve always loved your surprise cupcakes. Thanks for showing us yet another example! The possibilities are endless!!

PS- Thanks, also, for the history link for XOXO. I used to think of Gossip Girl when I saw “XOXO”. Now, I’ll think of the Middle Ages. haha!

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9 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Haha – I’ve never seen Gossip Girl – I think GG and the Jersey Shore are the only trashy/guilty-pleasure shows that I’ve never seen…I pretty much watch all of the other ones ;)

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10 susie February 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Oh my gosh, these are so darn cute! Clever girl…..I have to make a surprise cupcake one of these days!

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11 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Thanks so much, Susie! :) You have to give it a try – so easy and fun!

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12 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me February 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

You really did a great job on these! I just checked out the technique to make them and I never would’ve guessed. Easy with a huge impact!

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13 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Oh, it is so fun! And, you can tailor them to any holiday or occasion :)

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14 Patricia @ ButterYum February 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Oh my – way too cute!

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15 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Thanks, Patricia! :)

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16 The Partiologist February 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm

As always, cute as can be! The x and o’s are perfect!

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17 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thanks so much, Kim! :)

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18 Paula February 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm

These are the sweetest little Valentine cupcake treats!

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19 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Aww, thank you, Paula! I love your sweet comments :)

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20 Michelle | Creative Food February 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

This is brilliant! Love how gorgeous the cupcakes came out and I love all of your surprise cupcakes! :)

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21 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thanks so much, Michelle!

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22 Amanda February 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm

These are super cute! They turned out great!

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23 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thank you, Amanda :)

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24 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts February 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Amazing – I love the centers, how fun. My son would love to bite into one and find and x or an o

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25 Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Thanks, Erin! They are so fun to make! :)

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26 Elizabeth February 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Decorative cupcakes are just one of my favorite things ever. These are adorable!

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27 Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

Thanks, Elizabeth! :)

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28 The Bearfoot Baker February 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

Jennifer!!! Seriously amazing cupcakes!!! You are so smart! I am pinning now!

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29 Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Awww – thank so much, Lisa! Your comments always brighten my day :)

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30 Carrie's Creations February 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

so cute!!!

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31 Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Thanks, Carrie! :)

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32 Lene /Not Your Everyday Cookie February 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

These are ADORABLE!! My boys would love to take a bite into a cupcake and find that surprise! Great post!

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33 Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Thanks so much, Lene! :)

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34 ashley - baker by nature February 12, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Awwww these cupcakes are so fun!

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35 Jennifer February 13, 2013 at 7:19 am

Thanks, Ashley! :)

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36 ATasteOfMadness February 13, 2013 at 12:12 am

Haha, I was always wondering what XO meant too, but I guess I was too lazy to look it up. Good thing I stumbled upon your blog!
This is such a super cute idea. Definitely on my to-do list

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37 Jennifer February 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

I’m glad I could help ;) I am a wealth of information, haha!

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38 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

Awww these are just too stinking cute!

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39 Jennifer February 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

Thanks, Chung-Ah :)

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40 Sue {munchkin munchies} February 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

These are so adorable! Yep, I knew x=kisses and o=hugs, from waaaaaaay back! :) Happy Valentine’s Day, Jennifer!

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41 Jennifer February 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

Happy Valentine’s Day right back atcha, Sue! :)

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42 Purabi Naha February 13, 2013 at 4:39 am

This is such fun! I loved the idea and these cupcakes look gorgeous. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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43 Jennifer February 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

Thanks so much, Purabi!

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44 Erin February 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

I think I learned that X’s were hugs and O’s were kisses, because in a hug you stretch your arms out like an X, (and when you’re hugging all 4 arms look like an X,) and when you kiss you pucker your lips like an O. I guess it’s a mystery! The cupcakes were really cute, I found your site by googling red velvet waffles, which I might make for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Thanks! (And, also being in Virginia we were also excited to get the snow! Although originally being from upstate NY I was also glad to see it melt :) Have a nice day!

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45 aimee @ like mother like daughter February 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

I always wondered how people made cute designs inside of cupcakes. And now I know its not too hard, so I will have to try it out myself! Thanks!

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46 Jennifer February 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

Definitely give it a shot, Aimee – so easy and fun to do! :)

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47 Julianne @ Beyond Frosting February 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

This has got to be one of the best Valentine’s day cupcakes I have seen!!! Job well done!!

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48 Jennifer February 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thanks so much, Julianne! :)

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49 Ashley Rachelle February 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

What a great idea! This is one of the cutest little things I’ve seen all day :)

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50 Jennifer February 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

Thanks so much, Ashley! :)

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51 Rachel @ Bakerita February 15, 2013 at 3:01 am

These are too cute!! Such a good idea.

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52 Jennifer February 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

Thanks, Rachel! :)

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53 Peter @Feed Your Soul February 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

These are so fun. I featured them on my Valentines Day “Wrap” up at Feed Your Soul Friday Five – http://chefpeterskitchen.blogspot.com/2013/02/valentines-wrap-up.html

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54 Jennifer February 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

Thanks so much, Peter!

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55 marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings February 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

These are so cool. I’m definitely going to have to try this technique some day

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56 Jennifer February 21, 2013 at 9:29 am

Thanks, Marissa! It is such a fun technique, for sure :)

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