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Thursday, 14 February 2008

For My Valentine Cupcakes

Today is the day for romance and I wish for you a very romantic day filled with love and happiness! :) I would like to present you all on this Valentines Day a Red Rose with my love from Rosie x Please feel free to copy & post it on your Blog {if you have one).

My gift for my hubby Mr R, had to be something from my heart and baking is one thing I do with passion and it comes from within my heart. So, this is how I came up with this idea of “For My Valentine Cupcakes”.

The texture is very light and airy like Cupid himself flying through the air! The buttercream has a creaminess, which melts in your mouth to take you on a journey of delightfulness. With little decorations of red ribbon and red hearts and more hearts with rose buds in red, finalises those three words “I love you”.

For My Valentine Cupcakes

For My Valentine Cupcakes

Makes 12

100g (4 oz) ground almonds
150g (5 oz) self-raising flour
175g (6 oz) caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
150ml (5 fl oz) double cream
3 eggs
175g (6 oz) melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
For The Buttercream icing
150g (5 oz) softened butter
225g (8 oz) sieved icing sugar
1 – 2 tbsp milk - add 1 tbsp to begin with and extra if required
For Decoration
48 Red fondant hearts – 4 for each cupcake
Red ribbon to place around the base of each cupcake case
A little sellotape to secure each ribbon at the back of the cupcakes
Sugar red hearts and rose buds on wires coated in red ribbon (optional)

You will also need 12-holed muffin tin lined with 12 paper muffin cases.


Preheat oven to 180C/fan 160°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.

For the sponge, place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl making a well in the middle. In a large jug add the cream, eggs, vanilla extract and melted cooled butter, then whisk with a fork to combine the ingredients.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and carefully with a large metal spoon fold through gently until combined. (Don’t overwork the mixture or the sponge will not be as light.) The mixture will be quite runny but don’t worry this is normal. With a spatula scrap the mixture into a large jug and pour equally into each muffin paper case.

Place into the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes until the middle of sponge feels firm to touch golden brown, and or a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5 – 10 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool fully.

To make the buttercream icing, sieve the icing sugar into a mixing bowl and add the softened butter and milk. With a wooden spoon beat the icing mixture until creamy. Place the buttercream into a piping bag and pipe the icing around the top of each cupcake, or use a spatula instead and smooth down the icing. Lastly place the decorations on top of each cupcake and also place a red ribbon around each cupcake case and secure in place with a little sellotape.

Note: you could also use curls of chocolate for decoration with the red edible hearts instead of wired hearts and rose buds.

To make the red hearts you will need a little red fondant icing and a small heart plunge cutter. Roll out the fondant thinly and cut out the heart shapes with the plunge cutter. Leave to dry a little before placing on the cake(s).

Please ensure the wired sugar hearts and rose buds are removed before eating if using for decoration. Also including the red ribbon (I wouldn’t want your Valentine to choke).


Maria said...

Hi Rosie

Happy Valentines Day, wishing you a day of love and romance ;o)

Your cupcakes are so cute and I love buttercream, so the perfect choice!


curiousfoodie said...

I sure hope you enjoyed this special day with your husband. He is so blessed to eat such gorgeous cupcakes baked from the heart. :D

curiousfoodie said...

Your husband is so blessed to enjoy the cupcakes, baked from your heart. :D Hope you enjoyed today!

Donna said...

Thank you Rosie for the rose!! Happy Valentines Day!!!

Pixie said...

Hi Sweet Rosie,

Happy Valentine's to you and your loved ones. Delicious cupcakes and isn't he a lucky guy to have you baking such wonderful treats for him year round! Bu requested Brownies and hope to blog about them at some point today!

All the Best,


Bellini Valli said...

You are such a sweetie Rosie. Thank you and have a wonderful Valentine's Day :D

Happy cook said...

Rosie Happy Valentined day.
Thankyou for the cup cakes

Ivy said...

Hi Rosie, you are certainly a woman in love and this shows in your post. Your cupcakes have been made from the heart and you did not have to say this because it is evident. Happy Valentine's Day.

Dhanggit said...

come here all roses...take my im yours..:-) thanks for the flowers! thats really sweet of you rosie :-)

Namratha said...

The rose is such a thoughtful gift dear, hope u have a wonderful day!Love those cupcakes...perfect.

Rosie said...

Hi Maria, wishing you also a very romantic Valentines Day filled with love :)
Loved your roses isn’t your hubby just a sweetie hey!!

Hi curiousfoodie, I am very fortunate and blessed to have found my one true soul mate in life.

Hi Donna, it is my pleasure to try and play cupid for the day and spread a little happiness around. Red roses are my favourite flower so it had to be a red rose lol Have a great romantic day sweetie :)

Hi Pixie, oh yum brownies I can’t wait to view those. Likewise, Bu is very lucky to have such a talented loved who can cook and bake beautiful creations! You’re a star Pixie :)

Hi Val, my pleasure indeed to share a red rose with you and hopefully bring a little happiness on this V Day. :)

Hi Happy, you are very welcome :)

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentines Day!

Many thanks for all your lovely comments and also for calling by!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Ivy, awe thank you what very kind and beautiful words. It is very true that I am very privileged and blessed with my one true love and soul mate.

Hi Dhanggit, heehee…… I’m here waiting with my rose ;) My pleasure to play cupid today and thanks for making me *giggle* ……. :D

Thank you both for kindly calling by and as always your kind comments. Have a wonderful valentines Day!

Rosie x

Claire said...

Hi Rosie, thanks for the rose :)Happy Valentines to you.

Your cupcakes look good. Lucky Mr Rosie!

Rosie said...

Hi Namratha, its not every day I get to play cupid with a rose ;)

Many thanks as always for your very kind words and also for calling by! :D

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Claire, awe, it is my pleasure and many thanks for your lovely comment! :D

Have a great V Day and thanks for calling by!

Rosie x

Jeena said...

Happy valentines day Rosie it is a gift in itself to come and see your wonderful sweet recipes.

These cakes are so pretty and I bet the butter cream is so melt in the mouth. Your cakes are always presented so well you, can tell how much passion you have for baking because from every little whip of cream to every tiny sprinkle you do it with love. :-)

What a treat for Mr R!

Jules said...

Happy Valentines Day.

Thank you for the rose.


Mansi Desai said...

wow, those surely look like works of art Rosie! and thanks so much for sharing your award with all of us:)

wish you a happy Valentine's gal!:)


Dear Rosie

Thanks so much for the rose...Its really really sweet of you to think about each one of us on this day!!

With loads of love to you

Nags said...

That's so sweet of you, Rosie :)

Antonia said...

Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day, Rosie. Those are really lovely cupcakes - so pretty!

nicisme said...

I bet you could get your hubby to do anything you wanted after making these for him! ;)

Uma said...

Hi Rosie,

Those are lovely cup cakes. Beautifully decorated. Must have tasted yummy too! Happy Vanentine's day to you! Congrats on your award.

Cakespy said...

I am feeling romantic all over again looking at these cakes. Hope yours was a lovely Valentine's Day...

Cakelaw said...

Awww, these are so cute Rosie! Lucky Mr R! Happy belated Valentines Day to you.

Jerri said...

Hi Rosie. Happy belated Valentine's Day. Your cupcakes look wonderful! You are such an artist.

Snakebite said...

Rosie, I am drooling over the keyboard now. I can just imagine how much of love you put into those cupcakes :).. Just to let you know, I've linked to your blog, because it's a must-not-miss one..
Cheers :)

Rosie said...

Many, many thanks for ALL your very kind words!!!

I feel very blessed to have such wonderful blog friends from around the world! :D

You all make Blogging such a pleasure and I really appreciate each and everyone of you for taking the time to comment and call by – thank you!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Snakebite, Welcome and lovely to *see* you here! Many thanks for adding my blog link to your site and I have also done the same too :D Loved to read your post all about roses :D Really nice Blog you have and will be sure to visit times over!!

Best wishes Rosie x

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Beautiful cupcakes Rosie.
Thank you for all your comments and I hope you had wonderful Valentines as well :)
I'm very busy recently, that is why I only reply now...

Have a good day, Margot

Donna said...

Hey Sweetie! You have another award at my place!!lol

Rosie said...

Hi Margot, awe bless I know how time runs away at times with us all. Always lovely to *see* you when possible sweetie :D

Thank you for your lovely comment and we had a quite but very nice V Day here :D

Many thanks for popping by as always :D

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Donna, Oh sweetie thank you!! I am so very thrilled and you sure do know how to make a girl feel special!! :D

Hugs coming your way now ((((()))))
Many thanks once again!!

Rosie x

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi Rosie
you always evoke emotions at the right time in the right measure and right way.
Pictures are just perfect.
God bless you, dear !

Rosie said...

Hi Anamika, this is such a wonderful complement coming from such a talented sugarcrafter as yourself - thank you very much you are SO very kind indeed! :D

Thanks also for calling by always lovely to *see* you!

Rosie x