When I was younger I loved making crafts. Growing up that love never really stopped. I was into craft-booking for a while, and of course baking now. But I still love doing crafts. I remember in elementary school you would make your own valentine’s, out of red, pink and white cardboard paper and white doilies. They were always heart shaped, usually the type you fold in half, and then open up to the card. I’ve mentioned before that I volunteer at an elementary school as part of my application to the teaching program. I said I would bring in a special treat for Valentine’s day. I was inspired to create cupcakes that looked like edible Valentine’s like the one’s children make. They work incredibly well with the fondant, it cuts like buttah. I used a scalloped edge scissor for most of the hearts.
I actually used craft scissors, the fancy ones, I have an entire block of about 15 different patterns, to make the fondant hearts look like doily’s. I layered them with pink and red fondant hearts to look like a homemade Valentine card. They turned out quite cute. I used the ‘postal’ scissors to make a little Valentine’s ‘Stamp.’
This is the first year we are home for Valentine’s Day since Adam and I started dating. The first year, we celebrated the night before, as he left on the 14th for Mexico for two weeks with his company, escaping the craziness that was the Olympics. Last year, we were both in Mexico for Valentine’s day, in Cabo!
However, though I had big plans for Valentine’s Day this year, staying in making a delicious dinner, and of course an indulgent dessert followed by a movie, they will be slightly altered due to my ongoing allergy elimination diet. The only silver lining is that tomorrow I can start to introduce beef! Which means we can both enjoy a nice steak for dinner. I have also been ok eating beans, so we’ll have some green beans, along with potatoes, maybe these super cute heart potatoes, or hasselback, and of course a salad, with only olive oil for dressing. I will definitely be making some chocolate dipped strawberries, because you have to have a little chocolate on Valentine’s, and I may go crazy if I don’t eat some chocolate soon.
Hope the kids are excited for these cupcakes tomorrow as their lunch time treat.
‘Send’ some love with these Valentine’s Stationery inspired cupcakes.
To make, you can use your favourite chocolate cupcake recipe, or try this Devil’s Food Cake recipe I used for my Valentine’s Day Cupcakes before
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4-5 cups icing sugar
- 1-2 tbs milk
- In a stand mixer, cream butter on medium with whisk attachment for a few minutes, about 3-5 minutes until really light and creamy. Stop a few times to scrape down sides of bowl with spatula.
- Once it reaches the ‘whipped’ texture, sift in icing sugar one cup at a time. Mix on low to incorporate, and then increase once all icing sugar is incorporated fully.
- Add another cup of icing sugar, and repeat. Adding 1-2 tbs of milk once it begins to thicken. You want it quite soft, and whipped so that a spatula can run through it easily, but still keep its shape on either side, not caving in.
- Once you have incorporated enough icing sugar to reach desired consistency, you can transfer it to a piping bag. I use Ateco #848.
Cupcakes can be stored at room temperature for one day.