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Are you considering a Valentine dessert recipe this Valentine’s Day? The following Valentine cupcake recipe is a great one to choose if you want to make something easy yet delicious and impressive. The fluffy little vanilla-flavored cupcakes melt in the mouth because they are so light and flavorful. The cupcakes are topped with creamy frosting and a red heart-shaped candy. Although you can buy valentine cupcakes, nothing says true love quite like homemade cupcakes, and making cupcakes is a lot of fun.

They do not take long to make, but cupcakes only keep for a few days (else they dry out) so make them the day before you need them, or even on Valentine’s Day itself. This Valentine dessert recipe will make your partner’s heart skip a beat, because they are so cute. Do you want colored frosting? Well you can make the frosting as light or as dark as you want, using pink or red food coloring. A couple of drops will turn the frosting pale pink. Add more for mid-pink, or more again for deep pink. Add a couple of drops at a time though, because if you add too much you cannot lighten the color. You could even make some in pink or red, and others in green, blue, or any other colors that have special significance to you and your partner.

This recipe makes forty cupcakes, but you can halve it if that is too much. You might like to present a box of four or six to your loved one, perhaps tied up with a pink or red bow. This is a romantic gift and this Valentine cupcake recipe tastes every bit as great as it looks. This is a simple recipe so you can try it even if you are new to making cupcakes. Swap the vanilla extract for almond extract or another flavor if you want to change the recipe a little. This applies to the cupcake recipe as well as the frosting recipe. If you are using vanilla, then go for vanilla extract and not vanilla essence, since that is synthetic and not as nice. This recipe is baked in two batches (unless you have an enormous oven!)

Cute Valentine Dessert Recipe
Summary: Making Valentine's Day cupcakes is a lovely way to celebrate this special occasion, and this is a great recipe for melt-in-the-mouth, sweet, sensational cupcake for your loved one.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 40
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Cook time: 
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  • 5 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 5 lightly beaten eggs
  • 13 oz cooled, melted butter
  • 2 cups milk
For the Frosting
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ lbs powdered sugar
  • 4½ tablespoons milk
  • Red or pink food coloring, as needed (optional)
  • Pink or silver sugar balls or similar, to decorate
  • 40 red heart-shaped candies or jellies, to decorate
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a pair of 12 hole muffin pans with paper cases.
  2. Stir the flour and sugar together in a bowl and make a well in the center.
  3. Beat the milk with the egg, butter, and vanilla in a jug, and then pour this into the well.
  4. Stir to combine, using a metal spoon.
  5. Fill the paper cases ⅔ full with this batter and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, swapping the trays halfway through.
  6. The cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack.
  8. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make a total of 40 cupcakes, filling any empty muffin cups with water, to promote even baking.
  9. To make the frosting, cream the butter using an electric mixer.
  10. Add the milk, vanilla and powdered sugar, and mix for a couple of minutes at low speed.
  11. Add a couple of drops of food coloring if you want to make the frosting pink (this is optional).
  12. Use a spatula to blend the food coloring in, then add more if necessary.
  13. Spread the frosting over the cooled cupcakes, using a palette knife, or pipe it on if you want a tidier finish.
  14. Decorate each one with some pink sprinkles, if liked, plus a heart-shaped candy.
  15. Store them in an airtight container.

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As you can see from the picture, these cute cupcakes are ideal if you want to make a Valentine dessert recipe. Their tiny size, creamy frosting and red candy decorations gives them a cute look, and these bite-size treats are sure to impress your partner way more than anything store-bought. You can make the cupcakes a day before you frost them, if that is easier. Just keep them in an airtight container. Once frosted, these are best eaten within a couple of days, so they do not dry out. A Valentine dessert recipe is the perfect way to win anyone’s heart this Valentine’s Day.
Picture, recipes and/or content upgraded: 02-02-16
Originally Published in Our Issue #15 February 14, 2012 Newsletter

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