Semi-Homemade Cupid Cupcakes

Air Fryer Semi Homemade Cupid Cupcakes

Love is in the air. Cupid is taking aim. Sweet decadence lines the shelves in every grocery store, drug store and super store on every corner. Now that Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about all things sweet and tasty. These simple Air Fryer Semi-Homemade Cupid Cupcakes are about to make your holiday awesome. Plus, you can top them off with delicious homemade whipped cream cheese frosting. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

We love to celebrate different holidays with fun foods. Keep in mind that we still practice moderation and healthy eating as much as possible, but when you have a chance to celebrate once a year with these red velvet cupcakes, exceptions are made.

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History of Valentine’s Day

What is the history of Valentine’s Day? I’m glad you asked!

When you think about Cupid, you probably think about angelic beings. However, according to history.com, this hasn’t always been the case. Originally, this archer with wings was known to the Greeks as Eros, the god of love.

Armed with a bow and a quiver filled with golden arrows used to arouse desire, Eros struck at the hearts of Greek gods and mortals and played with their emotions. This was before the Romans adopted and renamed him.

Cupid was a popular figure in the Middle Ages. Under Christian influence, he often had a dual nature as Heavenly and Earthly love. In contemporary popular culture, Cupid is shown shooting his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine’s Day.

Now that we’ve covered a historical snapshot of Cupid, let’s get to the Cupid Cupcakes. 

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Delicious cupid cupcakes

I love watching people’s jaw drop when they find out that we make these easy cupcakes in our Air Fryer. I’ve said it time and again that the Air Fryer is so much more than a kitchen gadget that cuts down on grease and fatty foods, and this cupcake recipe is the proof of that. 

If you’re looking for a delicious Valentine’s Day treat, I think you’re going to love this one. My kids ask for these cupcakes every year leading up to Valentine’s Day. Speaking of holidays, make certain to check out this Air Fryer Halloween treat!

I don’t know about you, but I love cupcakes. My middle son shares my love and can devour 3 or 4 at a time! But there’s always a special event or holiday get-together that is perfect for cupcakes. These Cupid Cupcakes are great for parties, fun desserts, project to do with the kids, and even make awesome gifts!

This Valentine’s Day, we are making Cupid Cupcakes! They are incredibly delicious and even more fun to make! So, without further ado, here’s how to make them!

Can you make these Air Fryer cupcakes with any type of cake mix?

Yes! I prefer pink or red cake mix because of how it ties into Valentine’s Day, but if you want to use a different cake box, go for it.

Chocolate, vanilla, lemon, or even a fun lime cake mix would be such a fun choice to try. If you do use another cake mix for this recipe, you can even alter these cupcakes to make them delicious for all the other holidays on the calendar!  

How long does it take to get a block of cream cheese softened?

I would say that for your cream cheese to be softened for this recipe, you only need to give it about 30 minutes at room temperature. It’s important, probably the most important step in this recipe, that your cream cheese is softened! 

Now that you know a few of my thoughts and tips about these air fryer cupcakes, let’s get right into the recipe so that you can whip up a batch yourself. Once you make a dessert in your Air Fryer, you’re never going to want to go back to using your oven ever again.

Air Fryer Semi-Homemade Cupid Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

The best part about these cupcakes is that you can use a quick start method by using a cake mix. This cuts down on the time and takes away the stress of having to make them from scratch. 

Gather Your Ingredients: 

 

For the Cupcakes
  • 1 box of Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 /3 cup of Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 cup of water
For the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting 
  • 1 (8 oz.) block of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of Heaving Whipping Cream
  • ¾ cup of Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Assorted Valentine’s Day Sprinkles in Red, Pink, and White
  • 1 small Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

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Instructions

For the Cupcakes

Combine cake mix, eggs, oil and water and beat until well combined.

Add batter into each muffin cup.

Place a few in the air fryer basket and air fry for 10 minutes. 

Repeat, let cupcakes cool.

For the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting 

Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.

Add the whipping cream.

Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract.

Fill a pastry bag with the frosting.

To Assemble

Cut a heart from the top of each cupcake.

Fill the hole with frosting.

Decorate with sprinkles.

 

 

Optional: Pipe decorative lines around the heart-shaped cut out and decorate with sprinkles.

 

Tips for baking Air Fryer cupcakes

I’ve made these cupcakes enough that I’ve learned a few tips and tricks along the way. I’m happy to share them with all of you so that it hopefully saves you some time and effort. 

Make certain that you let the cupcakes cool completely before trying to frost them. You can try it, but you’ll get a melty mess.

Store your cupcakes in a container in the fridge. Since the frosting is made of cream cheese, you need to keep these cupcakes at a cool temperature. Be sure your container is air tight, also. The last thing you want is for your cupcakes to absorb flavors from anything else in the fridge.

If you’re planning on freezing any of these cupcakes to enjoy later down the road, do so before you attempt to add on any frosting. Then, when you want to unthaw them, you can just whip up a new batch of whipped cream cheese frosting to add on them as you need or want to.

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What if I don’t have a heart-shaped cookie cutter?

The cooker cutter is just to help with the shape but you can still manage to cut the heart shape. If you can make your heart shape (or something fun like it!) then go for it. These are your cupcakes so you can make them look however you want to. 

What are some other fun ways that you can use this cupcake recipe?

While we’re presenting this recipe for Valentine’s Day, you can easily use it for a lot of other special occasions, also. Think outside the box and make them work for whatever occasion you need. Some ideas for using these cupcakes are:

  • Heart-themed birthday party
  • “I love You” cupcakes
  • “Thinking of you” treats

And those are just a few! See how simple it can be to alter the name for these air fryer treats? They’re versatile, delicious, and so much fun! 

Using your Air Fryer for desserts will be like a whole new world to you. These Air Fryer Blueberry Pie Eggs Rolls are another one that you need to try! 

Let me know what you think about these Air Fryer Cupcakes! They’re one of our favorites! 

 

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Air Fryer Semi Homemade Cupid Cupcakes

Semi-Homemade Cupid Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes
  • 1 box of Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 /3 cup of Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 cup of water

For the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz.) block of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of Heaving Whipping Cream
  • ¾ cup of Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Assorted Valentine’s Day Sprinkles in Red, Pink, and White
  • 1 small Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

Instructions

For the Cupcakes

In a large bowl combine the cake mix, 3 eggs, oil, and water. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes until everything is well combined.

Add about 3 tablespoons of batter into each heart-shaped silicone muffin cup.

Place a few in the air fryer basket and air fry at 330F for 10 minutes. 

Repeat with the remaining batter.

Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

For the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting 

In a cold bowl beat the softened cream cheese until soft and fluffy. 

Add the heavy whipping cream and whip until soft peaks form.

Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract whip again until the frosting is stiff and pipe-able.

Transfer the frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip.

To Assemble

Using the heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut a heart from the top of the cupcake. 

Fill it with the whipped cream cheese frosting. 

Decorate with sprinkles and those heart-shaped pieces that were leftover when cutting out the heart.

Optional: Pipe decorative lines around the heart-shaped cut out and decorate with sprinkles.

    Notes

    Sometimes the top of the cupcakes comes out little wonky when air fried in the Air Fryer. In that case, you can slice off the top and get an even area to get the heart cutout. 

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    24

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

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