Recently i was daydreaming about frosting and how beautiful it is when the food coloring is mixing in, before it’s fully incorporated. I wanted to try to recreate that as a finished look. So I made some valentine-themed cupcakes to bring to a dinner party. I have been into sweethearts as a source of creative inspiration (see also the sweetheart wreath post), so I added some conversation hearts to top them off.
I’m just focusing on the frosting here; you can use whatever cupcake base you like. This is also a great project to do with kids, as you can’t really mess it up and it’s fun and tasty. You can see that the frosting on one of the cupcakes is just white; I had to push the color down more toward the tip. But I like that they are not all the same.
DIY red swirly cupcakes
Cream cheese frosting (for 18 cupcakes):
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
6 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix the cream cheese and butter together until creamy. Sift in the powdered sugar and mix on high speed (there should be no lumps). Add the vanilla and lemon juice. Prep a pastry bag with a star tip and put the frosting into the bag. Add many drops of red food coloring to the bag. Use a knife or chopstick to cut the food coloring into the frosting all the way to the tip. Mix with your tool a few times so that the red color can be seen throughout the bag but is not fully incorporated. Refrigerate for at least one hour before frosting.
Pipe the frosting onto the cupcake starting from the outside edge of the cupcake and moving toward the middle. Add a sweetheart to the center of each cupcake.