Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Delights


I hope everyone is still having a wonderful V Day.  I celebrated by making my husband vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting.  I topped them off with little paper hearts to add a festive flair.

The cupcakes turned out great!  A wonderful basic recipe for any occasion.



White Cake

I used this recipe again.  It's one I go back to all the time.

Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Set ove to 350 degrees F

• Cream the butter and sugar for about three minutes.
• Add the eggs and vanilla and mix on medium until incorporated.
• Add the dry ingredients, mix well (but not for too long).
• Pour the 1/2 cup milk to the creamed mixture.
• Spoon batter into pan with ice cream scooper (one full scoop is the perfect amount for each tin)
• Bake for 20 minutes.


Once the cupcakes are done (toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean), allow them to cool on a wire rack while you make the frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I used this recipe from the Savory Sweet Life blog for the frosting.  For this particular dessert I halved the recipe because I figured a whole recipe would give me too much frosting.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 3/4 confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons milk

• Cream the butter on medium speed
• Sift the confectioner's sugar and chocolate into the creamed butter.  Mix on low, to avoid the sugar and cocoa powder from blowing out of the mixer.
• The mixture will be very dry and crumbly, add the salt, vanilla extract and milk.  Mix until well blended and very creamy.  

I made mine with a super slight bit more milk so it would have a softer consistency, rather than a thicker frosting consistency.  If you are using a frosting tip to decorate your cupcakes, I would recommend a thicker consistency, so it keeps the shape.

Heart Toppers

These were very simple, and barely took any time at all (the most tedious bit is cutting them out, which I kind of found to be therapeutic, while I watched the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy).

What you'll need:

Regular white paper
A computer
Scissors
Toothpicks
Tape


• Make a nice heart shape on the page layout option of a word processing program (I used Pages).  I am not as savvy with other programs, so my tips may seem a little medieval, but they work for me!
• Print, print, print.
• Cut your lovely hearts out.
• Last but not least, tape them to the toothpicks!

... and Voila!



Happy Valentine's Day!

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