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Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies

Looking for something a little less tradition for Valentine’s Day? Try these super adorable Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies made with sugar cookies and buttercream!

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I have no reason for making these Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies other than I fell in love with the cookie cutters when I saw them. I mean, fishies and kitties?

YES PLEASE!

Valentine's Day Cat & Fish Cookies | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.comThis cute set included a cat head, a cat paw, and a fish. I don’t know which one I loved more, the kitty head or the fishy! Seriously both so adorable!

Have you ever shopped at Charming Charlie?  It’s a jewelry store that also sells the cutest accessories and fun home stuff!  I love them because everything is sorted by color and theme.

I found these adorable cat & fish cookie cutters at my local Charming Charlie and luckily for you they are on clearance on their website now!

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Recipe

I’m not going to write the entire recipe for these cookies Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies out here because I’ve used this recipe so many times you can find what you need at the links below!

Use a full batch for a lot… double the recipe for a lot more!

Kitty Cookies

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Supplies:

  • White buttercream (a lot)
  • Black buttercream (a little)
  • Pink Buttercream (a little)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tips #4, #1
  • Pink heart candy/sprinkle

Technique:

  1. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with white frosting.
  2. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with pink frosting.
  3. Fit a piping bag with a #1 tip and fill with black frosting.
  4. Outline the kitty head with white. Fill in the outline with a back and forth pattern.
  5. Using the pink buttercream, pipe two lines to a point for the years.
  6. Using the black buttercream, pipe 2 eyes, whiskers and mouth.
  7. Add the pink heart for the nose.
  8. Allow the cookies to set out flat for a few hours so the frosting crusts over.

Paw Cookies

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Supplies

  • White buttercream (a lot)
  • Black buttercream (a lot)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tip #4

Technique:

  1. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with white frosting.
  2. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with black frosting.
  3. Outline the paw with white. Fill in the outline with a back and forth pattern.
  4. Using the black buttercream, pipe the four “toes” and the palm of the paw.
  5. Allow the cookies to set out flat for a few hours so the frosting crusts over.

Fish Cookies

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Supplies

  • Black buttercream (a lot)
  • Pink Buttercream (a little)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tip #4
  • Pink heart candy/sprinkle

Technique:

  1. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with black frosting.
  2. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with pink frosting.
  3. Outline the fish with black frosting. Fill in the outline with a back and forth pattern.
  4. Using the pink buttercream, pipe a little half smile/mouth.
  5. Add the pink heart for the eye.
  6. Allow the cookies to set out flat for a few hours so the frosting crusts over.

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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Show those around you that you love them by making and sharing these deliciously adorable Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies.

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Photos by: Frenchly Photography

It seems as though every holiday my go-to treat to make has become sugar cookies.  I find myself looking for new cookie cutters every time I go to the store, hungry for a shape I don’t have yet!

To be honest, I don’t remember where this set came from or even what brand it is, but I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it!

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Recently, I was teaching a Blogging 101 class and one of the participants questioned why bloggers write so much before the recipe.  The person complained that they didn’t want to read about bloggers personal lives, they just wanted to get to the recipe.

My response to her was two-fold.

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First, the recipes that bloggers share are FREE to those who visit their blog.   The only cost to the reader is a few seconds to scroll through to the bottom to get to the recipe.

Yup, that’s it… just a finger flick… flick…flick.  In my world, for tried and true recipes like these Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies, a flick… flick… flick is a pretty darn good rate!

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Second, in order for readers like her to actually find the recipe on sites like Google or Pinterest, the bloggers need to follow certain rules.  For example, to get listed on the first page of a Google search, a blogger must have the best Search Engine Optimization including a minimum number of words and photos per post.

Bloggers don’t do this for free.

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You mean I don’t share recipes just because I have all kinds of free time?

That’s laughable.  I follow good SEO so that I get a LOT of people coming to my site.  The more people coming to my site the more the ads on my site make money and in turn… the more new recipes I can create!

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So if you’ve read this post thus far… I say THANK YOU!  Thank you for helping me earn a living by doing what I love… sharing recipes with people like you!

If you’re interested in a few more awesome sugar cookie ideas… check out:

Happy Baking!

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cookie cutters

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles

Instructions

Sugar Cookies

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 2 hours or over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out Valentine shapes and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  10. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add up to ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  5. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Separate frosting into bowls and color with the gel coloring

 

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Coconut Cream Eton Mess with Mixed Berries

Why, hello there, Java Cupcake readers! It’s been some time since we have hung out and I can’t wait to catch up with all of you. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Meg and I have shared recipes and tutorials every week on Beard & Bonnet for almost 3 years now. I’m a fun-loving Libra that is married to my best friend, mama to 2 pretty rad kids and though I’m a Southern girl at heart, we all call California home. Our life gets a bit messy, but it’s always tasty! (Why does this sound like a dating profile?) Alright, let’s talk sweet treats…

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When you saw the title of this recipe did you ask yourself what the heck is Eton Mess? Did you Google it? It’s ok, I had to, too. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here if you want to look into it real quick….

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According to Wikipedia, Eton Mess is an old school, 19th-century English dessert that combines whipped cream with luscious berries and meringue cookie crumbles! Drooling yet? I have been whipping up versions of Eton Mess since I was a little girl, although back then I didn’t know it was an actual dish that other people ate and I had no idea what a meringue was. I just crumbled chocolate chip cookies on top of whipped cream and crushed berries because it’s a delicious combo!

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Like many of you, I am one busy mama that is always looking for fast and easy treats for my family that don’t require a huge time commitment and Eton Mess fits the bill every single time.

In honor of Valentine’s Day and my hubby’s love for coconut, I whipped up this Coconut Cream Eton Mess with Mixed Berries to share here today. It’s the perfect representation of who we are as a family – definitely a little messy, just the right amount of sweet and a zest for life that can’t be stopped!

This decadent treat comes together in less than 15 minutes and is sure to blow your Valentine’s mind! Don’t worry though if you aren’t a coconut fan, simply substitute with regular whipped cream. I promise you are going to love this sweet treat either way!
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Coconut Cream Eton Mess with Mixed Berries

Coconut Cream Eton Mess with Mixed Berries

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Use this recipe as a template for an infinite amount of Eton Mess possibilities! Swap up the whipped coconut cream for yogurt or whipped cream, use a different type of fruit or even swap out the cookies you crumble on top. The sky is the limit!

Ingredients

For the berries

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice

For the coconut cream

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans coconut cream, chilled overnight *see note
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans coconut cream, chilled overnight *see note
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

To assemble

  1. -6 meringue cookies, I buy mine from a local bakery, but grocery stores should have them too
  2. batch berries
  3. batch whipped coconut cream
  4. /2 cup Meyer lemon curd,or store bought
  5. fresh berries, optional garnish
  6. pomegranate arils, optional garnish

Macerate the berries

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the chopped strawberries, raspberries, and pomegranate juice. Mash the berries with a potato masher until they are broken down and everything is combined. Set aside to marinate.

Whip the coconut cream

  1. Scoop the chilled coconut cream into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whip at medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes until stiff peaks have formed. Add the maple syrup and vanilla and whip at high speed until completely combined.
  2. Gently fold 3/4 of the berry mixture into the whipped coconut cream.

Assemble the Eton Mess

  1. In 4 glasses or bowls spoon even layers of the whipped coconut cream only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="96" data-gr-id="96">mixture, then macerated berries and a drizzle of lemon curd. Crush meringue cookies and sprinkle the cookies on top of the layers then repeat the process of layering and sprinkling until the glasses are filled. Top with fresh berries and more meringue cookie crumbles. Serve immediately.

Notes

If you can't find cans of coconut cream at your grocery you can use full fat coconut milk instead. Just follow the instructions in this tutorial.

It’s been amazing to share a little bit of our life here with you today! I hope we can keep in touch and that I hear from you soon!!

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What to Wear for Valentine’s Day – Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love

Finding the perfect outfit for Valentine’s Day has always been a struggle for me as a plus-size woman.  This year, I decided I wanted my Valentine’s outfit to beautiful, whimsical, and sweetly perfect.  My hope is that you will feel inspired when deciding what to wear for Valentine’s Day after seeing how I put together this magical look!

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Inspiration

Being a plus size woman, my dream of how I want to look with is often difficult to obtain.  My size is not readily available at the mall and if it is, often it’s the wrong color.  Tulle skirts are all the rage right now and I wanted to wear one for Valentine’s Day.  In order to make that happen, I knew I’d have to a custom skirt made for me.

For this Valentine’s Day look, I knew I wanted a long, pink, ballgown-style skirt to be the show stopper of my look.  This look needed to be different from my last tulle skirt look I did for the holidays. Everything from my hair, makeup, and accessories were to coordinate with the look and feel of the pink tulle skirt and fit the Valentine’s Day theme.

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Hair & Makeup

Kourtnee of  Muah & Lashes transformed my hair from bone straight locks to soft, sweet curls that beautifully framed my face.   She accomplished this look by sectioning off my hair then curling ringlets of away from my face.  She then softly ran her fingers through the curls to lightly separate them.  Kourtnee finished off the look with a shine spray and plenty of hairspray to hold it all in place.

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

My vision for my makeup was inspired by the colors gold and black.   Not only do gold & black pair perfectly with pink, they look glamorous together and add a magical flair to this Valentine’s Day look.  Kourtnee gave me gold glitter lids and bold, black lashes… one of my most favorite eye looks ever!

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

Kourtnee finished off the look with a long-lasting lip bright, bold pink lip color.

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Clothes & Accessories

The details for the outfit came together a lot easier than I imagined.  Being a plus-size woman, I often times find it difficult to envision a look I want and then find it in the stores.  For this look, I paired a store-bought white, lace shirt with a custom-made tulle skirt.  Having the skirt custom made ensured the fit, quality, and look I was going for.

The white shirt chiffon, lace-top shirt came from the Winter 2015 plus-size collection at H&M.  I love how the lace added femininity while providing detail to the top.

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

I paired the top with a long locket necklace in rose gold and blush along with pink and gold bracelets and earrings.  All of the jewelry is from Bijou Brigitte.  I chose not to wear large statement pieces because the star of this look was the tulle skirt.  The shoes are a blush patent leather pump that I got in the clearance section of the PX for about $14.  I don’t know if I’d ever get that lucky again to find shoes that match this look so perfectly.  I finished the look with a small, blush clutch from C&A.

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

Carol of Maddy’s Girl, custom made my skirt in the exact shade of pink I wanted.  She created long layers of tulle that laid flat over a silk underskirt.  The skirt is finished with a pink silk ribbon for the waist and included a detachable belt that could be tied into a large bow.  Carol’s work is reasonably priced and excellent in quality.  This was the third skirt she has custom made for me and her work far exceeds my expectations every time I partner with her!

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Balloons

DeAna of Balloon Beauty Design & Decor created a simple, yet elegant bouquet of balloons to compliment my look.  The red, white and pink hearts on white curly string paired with the backdrop of a small Bavarian town, my tulle skirt, and perfect hair and makeup make for a delicately, enchanted Valentine’s Day look!

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Photos

Veronika of Bear Moose & Fox Photography captured this Valentine’s Day look exquisitely.  She made me feel beautiful during the shoot which gave me the confidence to bring out my inner beauty.  Her work is magnificent.

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

During the photo shoot for this look, I asked Veronika if she would shoot a few new headshots for me.  I wanted her capture my happy, playful spirit while still looking elegant and beautiful.  I think she nailed it.

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

How to Recreate My Look

Most of the items I wore are no longer available or were custom made. Here are a few links of other places that you can purchase something similar to create your own Valentine’s Day look.

Pink Tulle SkirtMaddy’s Girl (if you are in Graf/Vilseck, Germany or will pay for shipping) or Dark Pony Designs on Etsy
White Lace Top – similar at Yours ClothingASOS
Blush Pumps – similar at Mod Cloth
Necklace – similar at Bijou Brigitte
EarringsBijou Brigitte
BraceletBijou Brigitte
BalloonsBalloon Beauty Design & Decor (Graf/Vilseck, Germany) or a store like Party City

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Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

I know, I know… Valentine’s Day is over.  But really, how many of us still have a box or two of conversation hearts in our house?  I know I do.  And really, I don’t know if I could stand to eat one more of them!  So, why not take inspiration from those little heart shaped candies and make some sweet Conversation Heart Cupcakes?

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I’ve wanted to try a “surprise inside” cupcake ever since I got i am bakers book “Surprise Inside Cakes”.  The entire process seemed so simple that I thought I could surely create a heart surprise in a cupcake!

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I used the basic white cake recipe from i am baker, which you can find in her book.   I tinted some of the frosting pink and baked it thing in a large pan.  Once it was cool, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut heart cake shapes out to put inside of the cupcakes.

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I wasn’t sure if these hearts would dry out when I baked them a second time, but I am happy to report that they were as moist as the white cake!  Each bite of these conversation heart cupcakes provides a surprise inside heart.  Fun, huh?

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So if you’ve got some extra conversation hearts in your house, whip up a batch of these cupcakes.  They don’t have to be all pink and girlie either, they can be in any fun color you want… just like mine!

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (clear is best)
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • pink gel food coloring
  • heart cookie cutter

Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • purple & green gel food coloring
  • Conversation hearts
  • purple & green sugar crystals

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper, grease and flour.
  2. Sift together the cake flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. In a measuring cup combine the milk and extracts.
  5. Add about a third of the flour mixture to the butter/sugar and mix until just combined. Then, add half the liquid and mix in slowly. Repeat with the next third of the flour mixture and half of the liquid. Finally, add the remaining flour and mix until no more lumps of flour remain.
  6. Pour the batter into a large bowl and clean out your mixer bowl making sure it is completely clean and dry.
  7. In the bowl of your mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter and continue folding until combined. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites too much or to over mix the batter.
  8. Remove about 1/3 of the batter to another bowl and add the pink food coloring, mixing very gently until uniform in color.
  9. Spread the pink batter evenly into the prepared 9x13 pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once the pink cake has cooled, use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.
  11. Line your cupcake pans with liners. I used fun heart liners to continue the theme.
  12. Place about 1 Tbsp of white batter in the bottom of the liner then place a cake heart standing up into the batter. Spoon white batter around the heart until it's almost completely covered. Repeat until all the batter and hearts are gone.
  13. Bake each pan at 350F degrees for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the white batter. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, salt, half the cream and extract and mix until combined.
  2. Add the remaining cream and beat on high for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Remove about 1/4 of the buttercream and tint green. Color the remaining buttercream purple.
  4. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip with the purple buttercream. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto each cupcake then sprinkle with purple sugar crystals.
  5. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large open star, multi-pronged tip with the green buttercream. Squeeze a dollop of frosting onto the purple buttercream on each cupcake. Top with green sugar crystals and a conversation heart candy.

Notes

Cake recipe from i am baker.

 

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Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet cinnamon and chili cupcakes infused with Red Hots syrup topped with Red Hots buttercream make these Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes a spicy, sweet treat perfect for Valentine’s Day… or any day!

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I haven’t made a cupcake in a while… so I wanted to make something that I had never done before! And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought why not make it a themed cupcake… Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes!

Red Hots or Cinnamon Imperials candies are the prefect little spicy red candy to decorate cupcakes or cookies with but often times are used only at Christmas.  I know I’ve used them for years to decorate our holiday cookies with.  But since they’re red in color, I knew they’d be a great addition to any Valentine dessert!

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I didn’t just want to toss the candies into the batter and call it good… I wanted really get the spicy flavor of the candies into the cake.  So, I made a simple syrup out of the cinnamon candies and drizzled it over the cupcakes.  This way the spicy flavor would soak into the cupcake and would be a prominent flavor! I also used that same syrup in the buttercream frosting and added a bit of chili powder for more of a spicy kick!

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These are some seriously unique cupcakes.  And they definitely aren’t for the faint of heart… they’ve got a kick with all the chili powder and cinnamon red hots in them!

If you’re looking for something unique and different, then these are the cupcakes for you.  Flavor wise, they truly are one of the most different cupcakes I’ve ever made.  They aren’t really chocolate… they aren’t really red velvet… they pack a punch of spice and there’s this syrup glaze on top that leaves your mouth going WOOOAAAAAH!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy!

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Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes

Ingredients

Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz liquid red food coloring
  • 1 cup milk + 2 tsp vinegar (let sit for 5 minutes before using)

Red Hot Syrup

  • 1 cup cinnamon imperials or Red Hots candies
  • 1/2 cup water

Red Hot Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2lbs powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup Red Hots syrup
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, chili powder and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and vegetable oil.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs and whisk together until smooth.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla extract, red food coloring and cocoa powder until it makes a paste. Add this to the batter and whisk until completely combined.
  6. Mix in the milk and whisk until incorporated.
  7. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the wet. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, fold/stir gently until no more flour is visible, but not completely mixed. Do not overmix!
  8. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.
  9. Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Red Hot Syrup

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the water and candies to a boil, stirring constantly until all the candies have dissolved.
  2. Reduce to low-medium heat and simmer until the syrup has reduced and is thick.

Red Hot Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Add the chili powder, salt, and Red Hots syrup and beat until incorporated.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  5. Start with 1/4 cup of heavy cream and mix until combined. Add up to 1/4 cup (or more) until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. Beat buttercream on high for 2 minutes.

Assembly

  1. After cupcakes have cooled, pokes several holes in the top of each cupcake with a toothpick.
  2. Spoon over a few teaspoons of Red Hots syrup on the top of each cupcake allowing the syrup to soak into the cake and holes.
  3. Pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  4. Top with a Red Hots candy.
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