Strawberries. Chocolate. Cupcakes.
Whatever you think of this day, we just love making sweet things for sweet people. These are simple things we did this Valentine's Day that can easily be made throughout the year...after all....we do not need just one day to let people know they are special!
We made sugar cookies and used some to make this heart-shaped pattern on our cupcakes with powdered sugar.
Red Velvet Cupcakes- mom's old-fashion recipe! A lot of experimenting was going on in the test kitchen since we were trying to use what we had already in the pantry ...and see if this is something you whip together last minute. We ran out of vanilla extract and red dye during prep ( probably should have checked the pantry first)...so improvised with the half vanilla extract and a sprinkle of espresso powder ( we used fine Illy Espresso Powder but instant will work as well) which brought out a deeper cocoa flavor. We only had half the red dye needed...so we just used what we had. They came out more chocolaty looking, but the crumbs had a red tint to them! We also tested a gluten-free version using 1/2 Oat Flour and 1/2 Almond Flour - so they were high in fiber and a couple other essentials:). The cream cheese frosting is made with Neufchatel cheese ( a lighter and softer 'cream' cheese - read the difference here and you'll see why it's kinda cute for Valentine's Day...at least at its origin!) and half a Vanilla Bean. The fun part was decorating them...we made a quite a few different kinds.
So dreamy....this cupcake dreamed of sprinkles and they fell from the sky.
And then you could package them and add little details like this:
Well, those were some quick tricks for sweet treats that can meet a variety of dietary needs using what we had- but there are plenty more!
Hope you enjoy!
Salt and Cinnamon