Moist Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with a tiny Red Velvet Heart surprise inside!! Is your heart swelling with love? 

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

Oh, the heart…. In the anatomic sense the heart pumps blood into your arteries. With each beat, beat, beat – The heart gives you life. Once the heart stops beating, you cease to exist. Gone. Where? That is the question we spend a lifetime pondering. Not today, though. I’m not even going there today.

Oh, the heart. In the figurative sense its beats, expansion, contractions, the pain of it depicts a realization, abundance, absence, or loss of love.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

Love is a tricky thing. Falling in love is the easy part. Staying in love is a whole ‘nother talk show. One day you’re staring at the sky, smiling like an idiot and suddenly you realize – Oh, shit – I’m living a Billy Idol song. I’m in love.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

Love is a beautiful thing. The way it makes colors and scents richer, brighter. The way it makes your memories vivid. So very vivid. The way it makes you smile so wide your face threatens to split in two. Love make you beautiful, so beautiful. Inside and out.

Let’s celebrate it. Today let’s celebrate Love.

With cupcakes.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

Is that a bit cliche? Celebrating love with cupcakes? I want Cupid shooting arrows all up in your rear today. I’m all sorts of cliches this morning.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

Flow with me, we’re going to talk about these Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

Let’s get this out of the way, I took a shortcut. I’ve been lazy lately. Whatever, I’m cool with it. That red heart you see in the middle? It came from a boxed cake mix. I haven’t eaten a boxed cake mix since 1998. I can’t tell you whether or not boxed cake mixes were better or worse in 1998.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

The only things I can remember from the 90’s are Hootie and the Blowfish and that my relationship, now marriage, was well over a year in.

But I digress.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

Back to these cupcakes. I used a boxed cake mix for the heart portion, and a homemade cake for the cupcake portion. You? You do what you feel is right. If you go the boxed cake route for the hearts, you will have tons left over. I do. It’s in the freezer. For truffles. Because.

Love Cake Truffles. Or Side Chick Cake Truffles. I haven’t decided which way I’m going with this.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

Anyway, basically you are baking a cake and with a heart shaped cookie cutter you are cutting hearts. I went mini hearts. You do you. Measure first. It’s only right.

Those cut out hearts go inside cake batter and bake twice. It’s OK. The texture doesn’t change, the baked hearts don’t burn. They’re protected by cake batter; sort of how your ribs protect your actual beating heart.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

The cupcakes cool and you frost them. I went with a Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese. You know, because of the Red Velvet cake.

These cupcakes are cute as hell. And if you can bake two cakes (one a boxed mix) and place a cut heart in the middle, easy to make. The effect is stunning. People will obsess over it. Like really obsess. Shrieks and everything.

Like Omaigaaaaaa qué cute!!!!

They’ll wonder how could you (you!) have possibly achieved such a feat.

“This looks hard!” It’s not.

“This is like the Turducken of cupcakes!” It isn’t.

Tell them.

Like love, be open to it and it will just happen, bruh.

Vanilla Bean Heart Inside Mini Cupcakes {mind-over-batter.com}

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