Archive for the ‘Valentine’s Day’ Category

Chocolate XO Valentine cupcakes

Thursday, February 5th, 2009
XO chocolate cupcake

XO chocolate cupcake

Consider “going chocolate” with your Valentine’s Day cupcakes. Add a sweet message, too!

What You Need: Chocolate icing; assorted Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles; pastry bag with No. 3 metal tip (or use chocolate icing in bag or tube).

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Add sprinkles. Pipe X and O (or message of your choice) on top of cupcake–right on top of the sprinkles.

Valentine bear cupcakes

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
Valentine bear cupcake

Valentine bear cupcake

Make these cute pink bear cupcakes for a Valentine’s Day party at your kid’s school, or for your sweetheart.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; white frosting; frosting tinted pink (or just use Pillsbury’s Valentine frosting like I did); chocolate frosting (or black writing icing in a tube); 2 heart-shaped cinnamon candies; pastry bag and coupler; No. 12 metal tip; No. 5 metal tip; No. 1 metal tip. (No. 1 is for the eyes, nose and mouth.)

How to Make It: Frost cupcake white. Fit pastry bag with coupler and No. 12 metal tip and fill partway with pink icing. Squeeze in one spot near center of cupcake (don’t pull up) for bear head. Switch to No. 5 tip. Squeeze to create bear’s muzzle and ears. Use pastry bag and No. 1 tip to add features using chocolate icing. Add 2 heart-shaped red hots, points touching, for bow. For a girl bear, add a bow to her “hair.”

Low-fat red velvet cupcakes

Monday, February 11th, 2008

red velvet cupcake recipe
Red velvet cupcakes are the height of decadence. But you can trim the calories and fat without hurting the taste, on Valentine’s Day or any day. Here’s a recipe adapted from Cooking Light. We dressed ours up with pink frosting and three cherry sour candies. (Or, use traditional cream cheese frosting.)
What You Need: 1 2/3 cups sugar; 5 Tbsp. vegetable shortening; 1 large egg white; 1 large egg; 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa; 1 1-ounce bottle red food coloring (yes, the entire bottle); 2 1/4 cups flour; 1 tsp salt (optional); 1 cup reduced-fat buttermilk; 1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract; 1 Tbsp. white vinegar; 1 tsp. baking soda.
How to Make It: Beat sugar and shortening with mixer for about 5 minutes. Add egg white and egg and beat in. Separately, stir together cocoa and food coloring and then add to mixture. Add some of the flour and then some of the buttermilk, alternating and ending with the rest of the flour until it’s all mixed in. Mix in vanilla. Separately, combine vinegar and baking soda and then add to mixture. Pour into lined muffin tins. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven until toothpick comes out clean, perhaps about 24 minutes (cooking time will vary).

Red velvet swirl heart cupcakes

Friday, February 8th, 2008
Swirl heart cupcake

Swirl heart cupcake

Red velvet cupcakes are all the rage, and for good reason: They’re tasty. If you’re nowhere near a cupcake shop on Valentine’s Day and don’t want to use the time and copious bottles of red dye to make red velvet cupcakes, fear not. Duncan Hines has stepped in with red velvet cake mix. It ain’t half bad, but it certainly ain’t the real thing either. When you decorate your red velvet cupcakes, consider using white liners so the red shows through, and leave a little cake showing at the edge when you frost.
What You Need: 1 red velvet cupcake (baked and cooled); white frosting; pastry bag; size 1M metal icing tip; red, white and pink sprinkles; red candy heart.
How to Make It: Fit 1M metal tip to disposable pastry bag (the 1M tip is larger than standard size; a disposable bag means you won’t have to cut so far into a cloth bag). Fill pastry bag halfway with white icing. While squeezing out icing, move arm in a circular motion and cover the top of the cupcake with a swirl of icing. Then, starting a little bit in from the edge this time, make a second swirl on top of the first one. Immediately add candy sprinkles and place heart candy strategically in the swirls.

Valentine’s Day Flower Cupcakes

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Valentine’s Day Flower Cupcake
These lovely, pink-tinged flowers are made from marshmallows. If you’d prefer a smaller flower, just use mini marshmallows. A more colorful flower: tinted marshmallows. You get the picture.
What You Need: 1 cupcake (baked and cooled); frosting (we used pink); marshmallows; round red candy; pink sugar crystals; kitchen shears (or plain old scissors, but they’ll get sticky.)
How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Cut three marshmallows in half as shown. Sprinkle with pink sugar crystals, which will stick to the sticky marshmallows. Arrange 5 marshmallow halves on top of cupcake and place red candy in center. (You will have an extra marshmallow petal left over. Eat it or make more cupcakes.)

Lips cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Lips cupcake
Plant a kiss with these Valentine’s Day cupcakes featuring a pair of fat, red lips.
What You Need: 1 cupcake (baked and cooled); frosting tinted pink; red writing icing or red icing in pastry bag with round metal tip.
How to Make It: Frost cupcake pink. Use red writing icing to pipe lip shape on top of cupcake. Be sure to stop squeezing before you pull away to avoid sloppy lines.

Valentine’s candy corn cupcakes

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Valentine’s Day cupcakes with candy corn
Candy corn makes a re-appearance come Valentine’s Day, but in shades of pink rather than Halloween orange. Use it to make easy cupcakes with a tasty topping.
What You Need: 1 cupcake (baked and cooled); frosting tinted pink; Valentine’s candy corn; red candy heart.
How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Immediately place candy corn end to end around rim of cupcake. Add heart candy to center of cupcake. That’s it!