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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

February 11, 2015 / by Liz

Since Saturday is Valentine’s Day, I thought it was high-time for some themed cupcakes :) So, I made vanilla cupcakes with raspberry frosting… and I had a bit of a hard time deciding how to decorate them, so I went with five different designs! Here are the recipes, and how I made the decos.

makes ~18 cupcakes

235 g flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
125 g unsalted butter, room temperature
250 g sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla
200 mL milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon lemon juice

for the frosting;
250 g unsalted butter, room temperature
300 g icing sugar
25 g raspberry sauce


Prepare muffin tins with liners, and preheat your oven to 180C (350F).

0 - Prep Tins

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl, and set aside.

1 - Dry Ingredients

Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer, and mix on medium speed for a minute or two. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla slowly while mixing, and beat for another minute or two.

2 - Wet Ingredients

3 - Add Vanilla

Mix the milk and lemon juice together. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the milk to the butter-egg mixture, mixing only on low speed. Add the batter to the prepared tins, and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown and done to the touch. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a cooling rack before frosting.

4 - Batter in Tins

Prepare the frosting;
Add the butter to the bowl of an electric mixer, and beat on high speed for a minute. Add the icing sugar, and beat on high speed until fluffy and pale. Add the raspberry sauce, and beat again for another few minutes.

7 - Frosting

8 - Raspberry Topping

Pipe the icing onto each cupcake. Now for the details! You’ll need some heart-shaped cutters, sprinkles, white and pink fondant, and some white melting chocolate.

5 - Cutters

6 - Sprinkles

Design #1 – Bisous (Kisses)

I used sprinkle letters for the word ‘bisous’ – which meant doing some sorting…

1 - Bisous Letter Pile

2 - Bisous Letters

Then I melted down a little white chocolate, added it to a squeezy bottle, and piped out six little pearls for each word.

3 - Melted Chocolate

4 - Pipe Pearls

Before the chocolate hardens, stand each of the letters up in it. Once it sets, place on top of the cupcakes, along with some sprinkles.

5 - Cupcakes

6 - Cupcakes from Top

Design #2 – Hearts with Arrows

Cut out your heart + arrow shapes from pink fondant. Then add some detailing with a red food colouring pen (I use AmeriColor pens).

1 - Add Detail with Marker

2 - Add Final Detail

They look so cute on the cupcakes with heart-shaped sprinkles!

3 - Cupcakes from Top

Design #3 – Lacy Hearts

I cut out hearts with scalloped edges from white fondant, and then added a little detail to the edges with a fondant tool (though a toothpick would work too).

1 - Detail on Cutouts

With these hearts, I used coloured (red, white, and pink) nonpareils.

2 - Cupcakes from Top

3 - Cupcakes from Side

Design #4 – Layered Hearts

For each cupcake you’ll need three hearts, in different sizes. I also alternated the colours between pink and white. Just cut them out, and stick them together with the tiniest dab of water.

1 - Cutouts

2 - Stick Together

I paired these with teeny-tiny heart sprinkles.

3 - Cupcakes from Top

4 - Cupcakes Close Up

Design #5 – Molded Flowers

These are really cute, and really easy. Just press your fondant into a mold, and pop it out! The mold I used here is actually meant for clay, but works perfectly for fondant.

1 - Mold

I placed these on the cupcakes with white nonpareils.

2 - Cupcakes from Top

That’s it! Which one do you like best? I’m torn between the bisous and the flowers :)

Final - Valentine's Day Cupcakes
Signature FINAL

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