Forever yours cupcakes

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I know it’s super cheesy but I absolutely adore Valentine’s day, everything comes in heart shapes or with pink icing. So what if it’s a commercial holiday it’s a pretty holiday and one I will never get sick of.

With my home looking like Cupid explode in it I couldn’t help but try baking some Valentine’s cupcakes out and of course eat them all before my sweetheart returned home. I was super impressed with them that I thought I would share the recipe with you.

Ingredient

125g/4oz unsalted butter, softened
125g/4oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
125g/4oz self-raising flour
150g/5oz raspberries
6 passion fruit, sieved pulp only
a little milk, to loosen the mixture as necessary

For the icing

500g/1lb 1½oz icing sugar
160g/5½oz butter
1 vanilla pod, seeds only
2-3 drops pink liquid food colouring
50ml/1¾oz milk
hundreds and thousands
Chocolate hearts
Heart shaped sweets
Love heart sweets

For the cakes, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Sit 12 paper cases in a muffin tray.

Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until well combined. Fold the flour, raspberries and passion fruit pulp into the mixture until almost smooth. If the mixture looks too stiff, add a little milk, as necessary.

Divide the mixture among the paper cases then bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and set aside until completely cooled.

For the icing, using an electric whisk, cream the icing sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Whisk in the vanilla pod seeds. Divide mixture into two and add pink food colouring to one of the mixtures. Gradually whisk in enough milk to each mixture to form a smooth paste.

Spoon the icing into piping bags with a large star-shaped nozzle and pipe the icing over the cake. Sprinkle over the hundreds and thousands and other Valentine’s inspired sweets and give to your most favourite person.

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