HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are these cupcakes…
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February 14th is a day of love and a day of getting shot in your bottom by a short chubby toddler armed with a dangerous weapon. Yep, I’m talking about Cupid the LOVE Doctor. Its the day of traditional candlelit dinners, boxes of chocolates and flowers.
I decided to sidestep tradition and make my beau chocolate cupcakes with red icing. After all, red is the color of Valentines Day (although I’m really not sure why. Maybe its the color of blood from being shot in the hindquarters by the matchmaking Cherubs corpulent projectile dart).
110g dark chocolate
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
125g soft butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Using electric beaters, mix all ingredients in a bowl for 3 minutes.
The pour into cupcake patty pans and place in a pre-heated oven at 160°C for 25 minutes
Once cupcakes have cooled you can prepare the icing
200g butter or margarine, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
red food coloring
Add all ingredients EXCEPT the red food coloring and use electric beaters for two minutes then you separate half the icing into a separate bowl and add about 1 cap of coloring. I suggest you start with less and keep adding more to get the deep red color.
Next pipe the white icing around the outside of the cupcakes and then fill the inside with the red.
Don’t forget to save some for your Valentine now…