So Valentine’s day is right around the corner, and my boyfriend is nowhere to be seen.
To be fair, he has his reading week for school, and I encouraged him to see his family. Maybe I am just used to being apart from him on Valentine’s day, I made sure this year was the same. I mean, in the 7 years we have been dating, I have spent Valentine’s day with him maybe twice. And we basically just sit around eating chocolate and watching horror movies. (What, that’s not what you do?)
To be honest with you, I prefer the day after Valentine’s day to the big day itself. Half priced chocolate is more my style.
And even though I won’t be spending the day with my boyfriend, I will make sure that I’ll spend the day with something equally as sweet. Namely: these cupcakes.
These red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are some of the best cupcakes I have ever tried! Valentine's day dessert recipe anyone?
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
- 4 Tbsp salted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 18 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
- red food colouring
- 4 oz salted butter, softened
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- heart sprinkles
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the milk and 1/2 Tablespoon of vinegar. Set aside to “sour”.
In a large bowl, cream together the 4 Tablespoons butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, and beat until fully combined. Mix in the cocoa powder and vanilla.
Slowly add in half of the “soured” milk. Add in half of the flour, and mix until combined. Add in the remaining milk and flour until fully incorporated.
Add in the baking soda and vinegar, and mix until smooth. Add in the food colouring until your desired shade.
Divide the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan, and bake in the preheated oven or 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to cool on wire racks.
To make the frosting: Cream together the butter and cream cheese on high until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed, and add in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until fully incorporated. Place in a ziplock bag or a piping bag, and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle tops of cupcakes with the heart sprinkles.