Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean spending lots of money on showy gifts. It means taking the time to think about your loved one and do something special for them. In our case, DH and The Girls donned their aprons to demonstrate their love by baking Secret Centre Love Cupcakes, a phrase coined by my gorgeous girls because “they look like love- pink and sprinkly and so delicious and they have a secret surprisey middle bit”. I don’t know where they get it from!
- 100g butter, room temperature
- 100g caster sugar
- 100g self raising flour plus 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- Put everything in a mixer and blend until smooth, with 1 tbsp milk.
- Pour into lined cupcake cases.
- Bake on grid shelf on the floor of the Roasting Oven in the Aga, with the Cold Shelf two rungs above, for about 18 minutes until risen and brown.
- Leave to cool then use a knife to cut out a dip in the centre of your cupcakes and add half a teaspoon of jam, then add the wedge of cake back onto the top and press down. Don’t overfill.
- Ice in a decadent fashion to hide the secret surprise in your cupcake.
NB- there is a plunger tool that you can buy to remove a centre from your cupcakes more neatly!
The Love Cupcakes- vanilla sponge crowned with swirls of thick pink icing- that they made with daddy’s help and decorated entirely by themselves were fabulous. The beauty of the Renshaw Snip and Swirl icing that they were sent is that it is absolutely ready-to-use. You do exactly as the package suggests: snip off the end, pipe and swirl the icing on your cake before decorating as you wish. I can make icing from scratch, but that puts a lot of people off as they think they don’t possess the skills, or the ingredients: a box of this on your shelf and anyone can ice, in chocolate, vanilla or strawberry.
In our house, we take the more-is-more approach to both icing and sprinkles: these babies were stacked so high with sweet strawberry icing which had been smothered in Pink and White Pearls, Mini Chocolate Beans & Multi-Coloured Sprinkles that they kept falling over and exposing the gorgeous red metallic cupcake cases!
What my family, and indeed Renshaw, who sent the items mentioned for the purposes of this post, didn’t realise was that they gave me so much more than the Love Cupcakes one rainy Sunday Afternoon. They gave me a picture of my family to cherish; they gave me a special father-daughter moment to witness; they gave me five minutes to sit and watch my rapidly-growing children and commit their joy, enthusiasm and love to memory. They gave me the chance to drink a cup of coffee whilst still warm.
They may not be the most sartorial cupcakes, the most imaginative or creative cupcakes. But these Love Cupcakes were made with love and given with love, and that is what Valentine’s is all about.
I was sent the items mentioned for the purposes of writing this post and the chance to win a wonderful Valentine’s Prize from Renshaw.
And you can win too. Renshaw are offering 2 great prizes for you to win:
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