Ok, so I made these cupcakes for Valentines day a couple days ago. They turned out really well and all my friends and family loved them (except for my little brother who was appalled at the lack of chocolate)
Here's the recipe:
3 cups of flour (all-purpose, I rarely use cake or self-rising flour)
2 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
2/3 cup of softened butter
1 3/4 cup of sugar
1 1/2 tsp. of vanilla
1 1/4 cup of milk
10 drops of red food coloring
1 tbs. of red sugar sprinkles
Vanilla Buttercream frosting (dyed light blue)
Rolled fondant (white, pink, and red)
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line 2 muffin pans with cupcake papers.
Sift the flour and baking soda together in a bowl and set it aside. Meanwhile beat the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fluffy. Next, add the flour mixture and the milk alternately into the butter mixture, beating until smooth. Mix in the food coloring and sprinkles, then spoon the batter into the cupcake pans.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool for about 10 minutes before taking them out of the pan.
After the cupcakes have cooled completely, cut a quarter-sized circle out of the center of each cupcake. Pull the piece of cake out and cut the top off of this piece. Fill the hole with whipped cream then put the top of the cake piece back to cover the whipped cream.
To frost the cupcakes, fill a pastry bag (tipped with a large star-shaped decorating tip) with the blue buttercream frosting. Swirl the frosting on the top of the cupcake to make it look pretty.
As for the fondant decorations... it's pretty self-explanatory. I rolled the fondant into little balls and I cut the heart out with a steak knife, no fancy cookie cutters here :) The stitching on the heart is just red food coloring painted on with and toothpick.
So, over all, this recipe is really simple, but super delicious!
Hope you enjoy!