Moist and gooey, these fruit-flavored cupcakes will be a hit with sweethearts of all ages. Try our suggestions for icing and topping your cupcakes to add a gourmet look or a sentimental message.
Recipe Source: Home Made Simple
Preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 muffin pans with paper baking cups.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, sour cream, eggs and water. Stir with a spoon and/or whisk until well blended.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups 1/2 full with batter. Using a spoon, make a slight indentation in the center of each cup; fill with a heaping 1/2 teaspoonful of strawberry preserves.
Spoon remaining batter evenly over each filled cup; covering preserves. (Muffin cups should be about 3/4 full).
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If toothpick goes through preserves, it will not come out clean.
Cool for 1 minute and remove from pan. Cool completely before adding icing and toppings as desired. Store in the refrigerator.
Topping Options: Add your favorite icing: Cream cheese icing, strawberry frosting or white confetti icing are all perfect for your cupcakes and festive for the holiday. For a special touch, try one of these topping suggestions:
White chocolate shavings. Use a vegetable peeler to create white chocolate shavings using a thick, room-temperature bar of white chocolate.
White icing is your canvas. With red or pink decorative icing, write fun messages or draw hearts on the white icing.
Candy toppings. Top your icing with red cinnamon candies, mini chocolate chips, conversation hearts or even try sticking strawberry flavored licorice or hard candies in the top.