Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Countdown to Valentine's Day
Can you believe that Valentine's Day is coming up? I feel like we've only just finished Christmas--in fact, my boxes of Christmas decorations are still in boxes in the hallway because we haven't had a chance to put them away in the loft (attic) yet. Valentine's Day is just around the corner though, so it's a good time to start booking babysitters, making reservations, making cheesy cards, etc.
To begin the Valentine's season, here are some pictures of some cupcakes we recently made. We actually made the cupcakes for a bake sale at my daughter's school, and the girls helped to decorate. Well, Miriam helped to decorate and Anya ate lots of frosting and sprinkles. They did a few different styles, but here are the heart cupcakes that they were the most excited about.
We just made plain vanilla cupcakes, but added chopped up caramel and chocolate. (Good in theory, but I wouldn't recommend adding the caramels. When it melted as it baked, it left holes in the cakes rather than being gooey liked I hoped for.) The frosting is a mix of about half a pot of Elmlea (low-fat cream) whipped together with about a tablespoon of butter, about half a tablespoon of vanilla extract, about two tablespoons of cocoa powder, and enough powdered sugar to reach the right consistency (probably about a cup). The girls added heart sprinkles because if you're baking with kids (or my sister), you can never go wrong with sprinkles. We also sprinkled on edible glitter just because I love the stuff.
So happy early Valentine's Day everybody. No matter what your plans are, I hope you have a fantastic day.