Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine's Day Cupcake Recipe



Almost too sweet looking to eat, these red velvet cupcakes are perfect for a sweet Valentine's Day treat!



INGREDIENTS


3 eggs
3/4 cup butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2-1/4 cups sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1-oz. bottle red food coloring (2 Tbsp.)
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 tsp. vinegar
Small chocolate heart-shaped cookies (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)





DIRECTIONS


Let eggs and butter stand 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 28 2-1/2-inch cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.


In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, and 3/4 tsp. salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium-high 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until combined. One at a time, add eggs; beat on medium after each. Beat in food coloring on low.


Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to egg mixture; beat on low to medium sped after each just until combined. Stir together baking soda and vinegar. Add to batter; beat just until combined.

From Better Homes and Gardens


Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake 15 to 17 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely. Top with small chocolate cookies, if desired. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 28 servings.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cute Cupcakes For Valentine's Day



Who knew you could make such cute Valentine's Day cupcakes using Fruit by the Foot? I usually find these by the vegetables ad fruits aisles in the market, btw.  This rose cupcake recipe comes from family fun, Your kids will enjoy the 'treat' that comes with these cupcakes!



Rose Cupcakes



INGREDIENTS


12 mini cupcakes
White icing
Scissors
6 rolls of Fruit by the Foot fruit leather in Cherry Rage or strawberry flavor
1 roll of Fruit by the Foot fruit leather in Color by the Foot flavor



DIRECTIONS



Frost 12 mini cupcakes with white icing.


To make a rose, unroll a piece of the cherry or strawberry fruit leather and divide it in half along the wavy perforated middle line. Take one of the halves and roll up about 5 inches to form the flower's center. Set the rolled strip wavy side up in the middle of a cupcake, as shown, and continue to loosely wrap the remaining fruit leather around the center at a slight angle until the flower is completed.


Repeat this process for the remaining flowers. (You should be able to get 2 mini roses out of each roll of fruit leather.)


Cut leaf shapes from the wavy edge of the Color by the Foot strip as shown, then tuck the leaves under the roses.