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Valentine's... Just in Time!

Monday, February 14, 2011

If you could hear the words I'm typing, you'd notice I sound like a large, burly, manly man. Yup, I've been sick. Not just one of those 24 hour things, but the kind of sickness that lasts for a week! So sad... Valentine's day isn't the best time to feel yucky!   ~Listen... ♫ I think I hear violins playing in the background! ♫ ;)

I'd planned to publish this post 4 or 5 days ago but didn't get the frosting made before I got sick. So I put the cupcakes in the freezer and went to bed. These adorable cupcakes, however, are perfect for Valentine's Day. Therefore, I've pulled myself together long enough to finish them up for you!

I saw this cute idea for the first time on the website bakeitinacake.com and I knew I had to give it a try. I wasn't sure if they'd turn out very well but was pleasantly surprised with the results!


First you need to mix together some vanilla cake batter. Remove 1/3 of the batter and put it in another bowl. Color that 1/3 portion with red food coloring. Pour the red batter into an 8x8" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min.


After the cake's cooled, remove it from the pan. If you have a small heart shaped cutter, use it to cut out heart shapes. I didn't have a heart shaped cutter that was small enough, so I used a round cutter instead.


After some trial and error, I found the shapes held together and were easier to work with if you compacted them before going on. (Compacted sounds better then saying "smashed". LOL)


After compacting the circle, use the same cutter and cut the circle shape once again.



Using a sharp knife, cut the circle into a heart shape.


Fill a cupcake tin 1/2 full of vanilla cake batter. Push the heart shaped piece of cake into the tin. Then add more vanilla batter until the heart is completely covered. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. 

One thing to keep in mind is that you'll need to know which way the heart is facing inside each cupcake. If you cut the cupcake in the wrong direction, instead of a heart, you'll only see a rectangle.


Isn't it cute!!! These cupcakes look complicated and people will wonder how on earth you did it. But in reality... they're pretty simple. Try making them and impress your friends, just don't tell anyone how easy it was!

Now I'm going back to bed....  Happy Valentine's Day!

14 comments:

  1. Your works are a wonder, I have remained with the mouth open, greetings from Spain…

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  2. Hahaha... Elena, you're too funny!
    ~Judy

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  3. very cool , hope you feel better soon

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  4. hope your feeling better..cant wait to try the cupcakes for my kids at school.

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  5. Hi,

    I just gave this a try... and the heart kept falling down, it just would stand up in the centre - did you get this problem? if yes, how did you fix it?

    thank!

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    1. Sophia-

      My cake batter's usually pretty thick so I've never had a problem with the hearts tipping over. Maybe you could try chilling your cake batter for 30 minutes or so.... cold batter is a little thicker and might help hold your hearts in place. In case your worried, chilling the batter shouldn't affect the way the cupcake turns out.

      If this doesn't work, try using a different recipe that makes thicker cake batter. Good luck!

      ~Judy

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  6. I meant it just "wouldn't" stand up in the centre not would~ hehe

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  7. What food colouring do you use? I bought natural red colouring and my hearts are bright orange! Thanks.
    Sue x

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  8. I use AmeriColor Super Red. It works very well and stays true red in color.

    ~Judy

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  9. Thanks Judy. I wonder what the equivalent is here in the UK? Hmm a bit of research, I think.
    Sue x

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  10. Found it on Ebay on the UK - brilliant. Thanks so much. I'm making these for my sister's wedding and I want them to be just right.
    Sue x

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