14 February 2013

Red Heart Cupcakes

'Is  Your Love Big Enough?' by Lianne La Havas

Anything in heart form will pull a few emotional tugs in those you love and adore. Imagine handing one of these to someone, you might even see tears of joy.
 I'm not a Valentine's day fan, but if there's an excuse to make cakes then I will totally embrace the theme! Yesterday I hosted a tutu/glitter party and turned out to be the wicked fairy, wearing a green crumpled witch wig, complimented with a fancy tutu from New York. A scene worthy of a comedy award!
I tend to make a party themed table and the centre piece has to be a cake or tier of cupcakes. With the theme being glitter, pink and anything little girls love, I decided to shape an average cupcake into a heart with baking beans.

As you can see I also made half of the cake mixture into a red velvet sponge so the finished cakes would be like this..

Recipe for 12 red heart cupcakes:

125g self raising flour
125g soft unsalted butter
125g caster sugar
Half a tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
20g cocoa powder
1 tbsp red food colouring
1 tsp vanilla essence

Icing sugar
Pink edible glitter


Preheat oven 180°c, line muffin/cupcake tin with red muffin cases.
: Whisk butter and sugar for 5 minutes until well combined.
: Add eggs one at a time and keep on whisking.
: Sift in flour and baking powder.
: In a small bowl combine cocoa powder and red colouring to form a smooth paste.
: Split cake mixture into another bowl, in one bowl add 1 tsp vanilla essence and in the other the cocoa paste. Mix well.
: Put teaspoons of each mixture into cases, preferably side by side not layering.
: To make a heart shape, use three baking beans for each cake and put them outside the case in a V shape.

: Bake for 20 minutes and take out to cool on a rack.
: Once cold, decorate with pink icing and glitter or leave plain so everyone can see the pretty red sponge.

I also made orange cupcakes without red sponge, they tasted and looked delicious.

Enjoy and big love from Mita.x

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