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Little Debbie Be My Valentine Cakes… Who doesn't love these scrumptious little cakes covered in a sweet pink shell?
Along with Christmas Tree Cakes, they're one of my favorite Little Debbie treats. I say treat because they are an every once in a while treat, something to look forward to.
That being said, my boys have been trying to get me to try making a copycat recipe for not just one but a few of our favorite Little Debbie treats. Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, what better time to try making Valentine Snack Cakes than now?
Tips & Tricks for Making Valentine Snack Cakes
I had to think about this recipe for quite a while before attempting to make it.
Instead of using white cake, I used my favorite flavor cake mix… Cherry Chip. And yes, I used a cake mix because, well, it's just easier.
Just a thought… Another option is to switch this recipe up entirely and use a recipe for chocolate cupcakes to make chocolate Valentine Snack Cakes.
This is a tricky recipe anyway, so I cut my losses and went with the mix. For the cream filling, that creamy layer of frosting between the cakes…
I used a frosting made from cream cheese and Marshmallow Fluff. Holy cow, the creamy factor that Marshmallow Fluff adds to frosting is ah-mazing.
For the outside shell, I used candy melts. Pink for the coating, white for the little decorative dribbles on top.
The final step of coating the cakes is one step I'll have to work on, as it's difficult to shake excess candy coating off the cakes as you're dipping and rolling; the coating could stand to be just a bit thinner. It may even help to add shortening to it.
Either way, these little snack cakes were a hit with my boys, which is really what mattered. The cakes were gone in no time.
Below you'll find a printable recipe. Enjoy!
Print the Recipe for Valentine Snack Cakes
- 1 Cherry Chip cake mix
- 1 heart-shaped whoopie pie pan
- 1 - 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
- 3 tbsp. salted butter, softened
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup Marshmallow Fluff
- 1 pkg. pink candy melts
- 1 pkg. white candy melts
- Mix cake mix according to package directions.
- Spray pan with cooking spray.
- Fill heart shapes in pan with batter, 1-2 tablespoons of batter per heart, depending on the size of your pan.
- Bake according to package directions for cupcakes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean.
- Remove cakes from pan and let cool on wire rack.
- Mix together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.
- Add powdered sugar, mixing well.
- Add in Marshmallow Fluff, making sure all ingredients are mixed.
- Once cakes have cooled, match them up, adding frosting and sandwiching together.
- Melt pink candy melts, according to package directions.
- Take cake sandwiches, one at a time, and gently roll/dip in melted candy coating.
- Set on wax paper. You may need to spoon a bit of candy coating on top of each cake once you've set it on the wax paper.
- Once all cakes have been coated, allow to chill in refrigerator until coating has hardened.
- Melt white candy melts, according to package directions.
- Drizzle over top of each cake in whatever pattern you desire. I used a bottle with a cake tip for this step.
- Again, allow to chill until candy coating has fully hardened.
- Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Serve and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 289mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 28gProtein: 2g
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