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Oh, conversation hearts. What happened to “Be Mine”? “Miss You”? No one wants to receive heart-shaped candy from their loved one that says “LOL”. No one.
And what does “Dahl Ya” even mean? Is that a play on “dahlia”? It doesn’t make sense, conversation hearts!
Weird phrases aside, conversation hearts are still a Valentine’s Day staple, so it makes sense to pair them with mini cupcakes. It’s too cute!
Mini cupcakes are a Valentine’s Day staple too, right? No? Well, let’s make them one.
If you can’t tell, I’m very into soda + cake mix cupcakes right now. Normally I shun cake mixes, but these are too easy. The flavors are light and candy-like, and the colors are beautiful. Plus, more sugar!
If I didn’t have you with candy flavors and pretty colors, I for sure sold you with more sugar. It’s why I have so many friends.
For these mini cupcakes, I divided my cake mix into thirds (it equaled out to 1-1/4 cups + 1 tbsp cake mix per flavor) and a half cup of soda. It’s a little labor intensive, but very easy, so this is a great recipe to involve some human kids. Each flavor made 19 mini cupcakes for a total of 57. That’s a lot. You can take them to a party or eat them by yourself. Everyone knows mini cupcakes don’t have any calories, so no judgement here.
Mini Conversation Hearts Cupcakes
1 box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines with 16.25 oz)
1-1/2 cups sodas (I used 1/2 cup of grape, strawberry, and orange)
2 cans vanilla frosting*
food dye gel (to match the colors of the sodas/candy)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a mini muffin tin with mini baking cups.
2. Divide cake mix into three bowls (1-1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon in each). Add a half cup soda to each bowl, stirring until thoroughly combined. Fill baking cups 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
3. Divide canned frosting into three separate bowls. Tint to desired color (I tried to match the conversation hearts). Pipe with a small star tip and top with a conversation heart.
*Use two cans of frosting if you plan on piping the frosting high, like in the photos. Otherwise, one can should suffice for just spreading the frosting.