3 Best Cupcake Recipes & Icing Ideas For Valentine’s Day
There’s nothing more scrumptious or delightful than Valentine’s Day cupcakes. Whether you are making them for your family, children or a special someone, a homemade cupcake for Valentine’s Day is a whole lot of love. A cupcake can find it’s way into anyone’s heart, making a simple, sweet statement for this special holiday.
Deciding upon what kind of cupcakes to create, serve or distribute to family, a classroom or friends can make a Valentine’s Day statement of love or send a message of simple friendship. Cupcakes can be fun red and pink treats with candy hearts, red hots or sprinkles for kids’ Valentines or artistic icing designs on red velvet cakes for that special someone at a formal Valentine’s Day celebration. Mini cupcakes can have a sophisticated appeal and cupcakes in a variety of shapes and sizes can be a topic of conversation for any gathering.
Cupcake Recipes For Valentine’s Day:
The basic cake in a cupcake is the foundation of a chocolate, vanilla or, for Valentine’s Day, red velvet cupcake. To create heart shaped cupcakes, place a small marble or a half-inch ball of aluminum foil on the side of each cupcake paper liner in a cupcake tin pan. The paper will be pushed inward on this side, forming the shape of a heart. This will then force the batter into the form a heart as well. In addition, don’t rule out creating gluten free cake batter for those with special dietary needs.
1. Vanilla Cupcakes:
Serving Size: Approximately 20 to 25 cupcakes, Calories: 300 (with frosting)
• 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
• 1 1/3 cups sugar
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cupcake pans with paper liners in decorative or plain styles. Festive Valentine’s Day liners are available in many grocery, craft and kitchen stores. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add shortening, milk and vanilla. Beat with a spoon or electric mixer on low for 1 minute. Add eggs to the mixture. Beat for 1 minute longer.
Scrape the sides of the bowl to mix any left out ingredients back into the batter. Beat again for about 90 seconds until well mixed, and no single ingredients are visible. Spoon the cupcake batter into paper liners until each is about halfway full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Frost your Valentine’s Day cupcakes when completely cool.