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Valentine Cupcakes

  • yield: Makes 12 jumbo cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream for Valentine Cupcakes
  • 3 1/2 ounces cinnamon candies (about 1/2 cup)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center. Line jumbo muffin pans with baking cups; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. With mixer running, add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

  3. Step 3

    With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

  4. Step 4

    Divide batter evenly between baking cups (2/3 cup batter per cup). Bake until light golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating pans halfway through baking, 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Step 5

    To decorate, use the handle of a wooden spoon to create a deep hole in the center of each cupcake. Using a pastry bag fitted with a 1/3-inch round tip, fill cupcakes with buttercream. Frost each cupcake with about 2 tablespoons buttercream. Use cinnamon candies to make X's, O's, or hearts on top of cupcakes.

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Reviews (1)

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    This is an easy idea for kids especially on a snow day. I will be sure to add this to my top ten cupcake ideas for you on valentines day.

    T2 | www.cupcakeideasforyou.com