Friday, 10 February 2012

my bloody valentine cupcakes

... when i was a teenager at school... way back in the 1980's... the teachers would place a special 'Valentines' post-box in the main entrance where all the love-struck girls (and some of the boys) could put their secret cards and notes... the cards would then be handed out at the end of the day and everyone would giggle and gossip about who fancied who...

... back then Valentines was all about giving an anonymous card to a secret love, not sure what it's about these days but I remember it as being yet another bloody day in the year when the popular kids could brag about how popular they were, as if John Smith (I've changed his name to protect his identity... fuck knows why... he knows who he is...) needed an excuse...

bloody valentine cupcakes
these cupcakes go out to all of us who've had an unrequited teen love... it's more than likely they're fat and bald now... i'm entering these into this months Teatime Treats brought to us as always by Kate from What Kate Bakes and Karen from Lavender and Lovage... the theme this month is of course, Romance...

makes 6 large heart-shaped or 12 regular cupcakes
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp milk
a few drops vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups self raising flour
a heck of a lot of red food colouring

- pre-heat the oven to 190C (170C fan)

- bung the whole lot in a bowl and mix it up to a smooth batter

- remove 3 tablespoons of batter into another bowl and stir in as much red food colouring as you dare... as you can see I didn't use quite enough for a dark blood red but you get the idea...

- fill the cupcake cases with one third regular batter, then dollop a teaspoon of the red batter in the middle and cover it over with another third of the regular batter, don't worry about being too precise here

- bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and firm

ice with your favourite icing... i've used my classic double cream-cheese icing... a heck of a lot of red food colouring... and a knife!

eat and of course, enjoy!



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