Sunday, February 12, 2012

I Heart Cupcakes

Cupcakes are becoming my new favorite thing.
I cake bake a lot of them at one time, and only require some simple icing and maybe a fondant cut out or 2 and they are done.
I sent Brandon to work on Monday with left over Super Bowl cupcakes ( Oreo ) and everyone devoured them. Now he thinks it would be a good idea to send cupcakes with him once a week , or so. ( pretty sure he was put up to that suggestion. )
I figured  with Valentine's Day approaching I'd send him in with some Valentine cupcakes. Only thing is...I am new to cupcakes and have no idea what to make.
I googled and googled and nothing really caught my eye. Then I came across a blog, Bake it in a Cake.
I fell in love with a cupcake with a heart in it, that were surprisingly easy to make.

First I whipped up a batch of vanilla cupcake batter, took about 2 cups out of that and added red food coloring.

I baked this in an 8 inch square pan lined with parchment for 15 minutes ( when the edges started to pull away from the side of the pan.)
Let cool completely.
I used a 1 inch heart cookie cutter and cut out 24 red hearts for my 2 dozen cupcakes.

Line your cupcake pans with liners, and scoop out 1/3 of a cup of the vanilla batter. Pour 1/2 into the bottom of the cupcake liner, stick one of the read hearts in and press into the batter gently.

Make sure the hearts are facing you. In the blog she mentions she uses a pen and makes a dot on the front of the cupcake liners. You definitely will want to know which way the heart is facing, if you bite into it from the side you get just a red square. ( of course I know this to be true because the 1st one I made I lost track of the front and ended up with a square inside and not a heart ).

Pour the remaining  batter over the heart.
Repeat , repeat, repeat....
Bake according to your recipes instructions.
Let them cool and ice them how ever you would like.
I used strawberry buttercream and a conversation heart.  I couldn't help but notice the conversation has changed a lot over the past 20 years . I don't remember e-mail me being a choice last time I bought them, then again there was no internet the last time I bought them so ...

Bite , or cut, in and enjoy!

                                                             Happy Valentine's Day !!!

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