Valentine’s cupcakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 25 min
Cooking: 30 min
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  • Valentine's cupcakes are the perfect way to show someone special to you that you care about them. This easy recipe looks very impressive but you can decorate the Valentine's cupcakes however you like.

    Valentine’s cupcakes are an easy way to show someone you care this Valentine’s Day and if you’re lucky – you’ll get to share a cake or two with them… Edible gifts are always well-received and they show you’ve gone the extra mile to impress your loved one. Victoria Threader has designed this Valentine’s cupcake recipe exclusively for GoodtoKnow and we think the gingham cake topper is particularly chic. If you’re low on time don’t let it put you off as you can experiment with the design and could even top the cakes with edible glitter for a fancy finish…


    • 150g caster sugar
    • 150g butter
    • 140 self-raising flour
    • 10g cornflour
    • 3 medium eggs
    • 30ml milk
    • 1tsp vanilla extract
    • Cake release to grease the heart shaped cupcakes cases
    • For the icing:
    • 200g of icing sugar
    • 2 tsp water (more if you need it)
    • For the toppers:
    • 300g white fondant
    • 1 gingham edible icing sheet (Victoria got one from Edible Prints)
    • Heart shaped cutters - 5cm, 2cm and 1cm
    • Tooth pick for the stitch effect
    • Red and yellow colouring
    • You will also need:
    • 12 cases I used heart shaped silicone cases from Amazon


      1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/320°F/Gas Mark 3.
      2. Grease your heart shaped baking cases and place them on a baking tray.
      3. Beat the sugar and butter with the vanilla essence until light a fluffy (about 5 minutes)
      4. Add 1 egg, 1 third of the flour and a splash of milk and beat until just combined and repeat until all the ingredients are combined.
      5. Divide the batter between the 12 cases and bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven
      6. Remove and leave to cool until they are cool enough to ice.

      For the toppers

      1. Roll 250g of white fondant out to the size of the A4 icing sheet. Cut 12 heart shapes with the 5 ½ cm heart cutter. Lightly brush the top of the fondant with water or trex and cut out 5 ½ cm heart’s from the icing sheet and stick to the top of the fondant heart.
      2. Then take 50g of the fondant colour it cream with a touch of yellow colouring and cut 12 smaller 2cm heart shapes and stick with a brush of water to the top of the gingham hearts.
      3. Then colouring what’s left of the fondant red, cut 12 – 1cm hearts and stick these to the centre of the cream heart.
      4. Using the tooth pick, make stitch-like marks around the edge of the cream heart.
      5. Mix the icing up using 200g of icing sugar and 2 teaspoons of water to start with, add more if you need it until the icing is smooth and shiny. Spread the icing onto the cupcakes and place the topper on the top of the icing.

    Top tip for making Valentine’s cupcakes

    If you can't find the heart shaped cupcake cases, fill normal ones with the mixture and put them in a muffin tray. Place a marble at the top of each case within the holes to make the cases into heart shapes.

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