Valentines Day Bear Cupcakes
  1. Cupcake Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  3. Using a standing or a hand mixer, beat together all cupcake ingredients until combined
  4. Scoop cupcake batter into liners, filling about 3/4 way full and bake in the oven for 21 minutes
  5. Allow to cool completely
  6. Chocolate Frosting Directions
  7. Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, powder sugar, cocoa, vanilla and heavy whipping cream until combined and stiff with peaks
  8. Scoop the frosting into the piping bag and set aside
  9. Bear Directions
  10. Remove 42 chocolate wafers from the Ghirardelli bags and place onto a cutting board.
  11. Using a microwave safe bowl, melt 1 cup of the chocolate wafers in increments of 30 seconds, mixing after each time until melted and smooth
  12. Scoop into the piping bag and set aside
  13. Place one unwrapped Reese peanut butter cup onto the cutting board
  14. Cut the tip off the piping bag and pipe a small dollop of chocolate onto the lower center of the peanut butter cup
  15. Place a pink wafer onto the chocolate dollop. This is the mouth and nose of the bear
  16. Pipe two dollops of chocolate above the pink wafer for the eyes
  17. Place two eyes onto the two chocolate dollops
  18. Pipe a small dollop of chocolate onto the “M” side of the “M&M” and then place onto the center of the pink wafer
  19. Using the small round fondant cut out a half shaped moon out of the bottom of the chocolate wafers.
  20. Pipe a line of chocolate onto the cut part of the chocolate wafer
  21. Place the chocolate wafer onto the upper left and right corner of the peanut butter cup for the ears
  22. Repeat steps with remaining Reese cups
  23. Allow to dry for 10 minutes
  24. While the bears are drying, pipe frosting onto the cooled cupcakes
  25. Once the 10 minutes is up, carefully place the bears onto the middle of the frosting and lightly push down into the frosting.
  26. Enjoy!
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