Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

I originally planned to make Pink Butterfly Cupcakes today, however, when I assmebled the first test cupcake I didn't really like the appearance.  So as I stood in my kitchen, piping bag in hand and my pj's still on, I thought of other ways to decorate cupcakes involving a cut out shape.  Finally it clicked...love hearts! And what perfect timing seeing as Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  You simply need to bake your favourite cupcake, cut out a heart shape and fill in the hole. 

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup self raising flour
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
Preheat oven to 160 degrees (fan-forced) and prepare enough muffin trays and liners for 15 cupcakes.  Lightly beat the eggs together in a bowl, then add to the butter and sugar.  Beat together, with electric mixers, the butter, sugar and eggs until combined and creamy.  Sift the flour and pour the milk and vanilla over the top of this mixture; beat until smooth and combined.  Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Ingredients for Buttercream
1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
Beat together all ingredients until smooth and combined.  Cut love heart shape into the top of the cooled cupcakes.  Lift out this shape so that there is now a love-heart shaped hole in the cupcake.  Put icing into a 1cm star shaped nozzle and pipe a love heart shape into the hole in the cupcake.  Serve!

38 comments:

  1. Ooh cute idea! I'm so excited about all the v-day creations that are just starting to pop up. Love holidays that get people to be creative.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is such an adorable idea! I love it. I randomly found your blog the other day... you have so many amazing recipes! It's inspiring & makes me want to go bake something. ... like right now.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Anyday is a good day for cupcakes...I love them all...my thighs may not, but I dont care ;)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Quick thinking LOL. They look good and as you say the perfect time for Valentine's day. Well done. Diane

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great idea - they could also be "V" for valentine!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow, this is such a simple yet brilliant idea!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Aw they are so cute! such a sweet valentines idea.

    ReplyDelete
  8. C'est une bonne idée de décorer ainsi les cupcakes. Super pour la St-Valentin qui s'en vient!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is a great idea. They really look cute and would be perfect for Valentines Day. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh and I thought the "V" was pour moi! HA I love your blog, but it makes me hungry!
    V

    ReplyDelete
  11. The "love hearts" are delightful and your creativity as usual just shines through!

    Bises,
    G

    ReplyDelete
  12. So cute!!! You could even offer them!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Why am I not surprised that you would create such adorable cupcakes around these moments?
    Too cute...and certainly tasty too ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

    ReplyDelete
  14. Aww how cute filling them with the heart shaped frosting! It would make them so much easier to transport too :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Looks great and love the heart shaped frosting!

    ReplyDelete
  16. These are so pretty! Perfect for anyone's sweetheart. :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. how adorable! valentine's day or not, i'm a sucker for anything pink and heart-shaped. and sweet. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. They're so pretty & romantic! How lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  19. c'est une bonne idée tes cœurs sont tous mignons
    bravo
    bonne journée

    ReplyDelete
  20. I've definitely been there. Standing over a cupcake, piping bag in hand, with no idea what to do. These look adorable though!

    ReplyDelete
  21. i love the idea of putting the frosting inside! how cute!

    ReplyDelete
  22. How clever you are! They look adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  23. You're right, it's almost Valentine's Day...The cupcakes sound like a great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  24. What fun and cute cupcakes. I am all for that delicious filling. Happy Valentine's Day.

    ReplyDelete
  25. that's sweet and i also think it's not easy to cut those heart shapes out from the cupcakes!

    ReplyDelete
  26. What a great idea to make heart cut-outs in cupcakes! I love these. They are perfect for Valentine's Day:)

    ReplyDelete
  27. What fun cupcakes! The piping is a lovely effect!

    ReplyDelete
  28. What pretty little cupcakes! I'm seeing such lovely baking ideas for valentine's day everywhere!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Very inventive - it's great when an experiment works out so well!

    ReplyDelete
  30. How cute! That's a great idea.

    ReplyDelete
  31. So very sweet!
    J' adore your enchanting blog
    Wishing you lots of
    Amour:)
    Erika
    xoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
  32. These look perfect for Valentines Day!! YUM!

    ReplyDelete
  33. aw, so cute! I tried making Valentine's cupcakes, and though they were delicious, they did not end up this adorable. very pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Definitely very cute! I haven't gotten round to any Valentine's baking yet. I'd eat these any day of the year :)

    ReplyDelete

More recipes

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...