Hi, little Luvvies! Since Melinda is about to have sweet baby Oliver any day now (!!!), she asked me to help you out with your Valentine’s Day sweet treats. My name is Hannah Lavender and I own a home-based bakery in Little Rock (Sweet Lavender Bakeshop//insta:@lavenderbakes
). I was so excited when Melinda asked if I could bake something up this week, but it was awfully hard to decide what type of pretties to make. I finally decided on cupcakes, because seriously…who doesn’t like cupcakes? These are some of my very favorites to make for Valentine’s Day. They’re super simple to decorate (and extremely cute, duh!), and even more yummy to eat.
I decided on devil’s food cake with cream cheese icing; it’s not too terribly sweet, has the perfect amount of chocolate flavor in the cake, and is topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting.
RED DEVIL’S FOOD CUPCAKES
(makes 24 cupcakes)
1 stick Unsalted Butter
2 cups Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup warm water
2-3 drops red food color
In a medium size bowl, mix your flour, cocoa powder, soda, and salt and set to the side.
Using a stand or handheld mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about five minutes.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each egg, then add vanilla & food coloring.
Add buttermilk, alternating with your dry mix.
Add warm water to smooth out your batter and mix for about 15-20 second to make sure your batter is all good and evenly mixed.
Line your muffin tins and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.
CREAM CHEESE ICING
1 8oz block of cream cheese
1 stick butter
Okay, I’m not going to lie to you…I NEVER measure my powdered sugar when I make cream cheese icing. I go by taste and texture when making my icing. Usually I use a little over half of a bag of powdered sugar (roughly between 4-6 cups). That’s usually the perfect amount of stiff, sweet & tangy!
Once your cupcakes have cooled, it’s time to decorate!
Melt some chocolate in a bowl and put it in a piping bag (or you can use a ziplock bag, but I honestly never have much luck using them..I think I’m too messy for them). Pipe some hearts, X’s and O’s on parchment paper (or any other cute mushy words you desire) and then place it in the freezer. Once they dry & you take them out, they’ll still be a bit fragile..I always have a couple that end up breaking on me!
I use a piping bag to decorate my cupcakes, but you can do it however you please! I bought some cute sprinkles at Target to go along with my piped chocolate. If you want to make the top of your cupcake flat, just pipe a big dollop on it & use a knife or offset spatula to flatten it & then roll the sides in sprinkles.
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with whomever you choose to celebrate with & make some sweet treats for!