#68: Valentine's Day Cupcakes

In September of 2009, I started a cupcake adventure. If you haven't read about it yet, you can do so here. ***

With Valentine's Day just 48 hours away, why not whip up a batch of these for your sweetheart?

00introshot

I started by combining all the dry ingredients.

01dry

The filling was made from cream cheese, a dab of sugar, and a few tablespoons of maraschino cherry syrup. I wish I had gotten a photo of this after I'd gotten the lumps worked out! Kinda looks like pink cottage cheese. Eww.

02filling

Dry ingredients were mixed together with the wet ones to form the batter.

03mix

And sour cream provided the moisture.

04sourcream

Mmm. Lookin' good so far!

05batter

Bake right up, you little loveys!

06bake

A pretty pretty batch. Fairly uniform, which is good! I must be learning a thing or two now that I've made about 30 batches. :)

07baked

Each cupcake was 'cored' to make room for the filling.

08core

A teaspoon of the cream cheese filling as well as a pitless (that's important) maraschino cherry filled in the hole.

09filling

And the top plug was replaced.

10plug

I did that a dozen more times and voila! A set of filled cupcakes ready to be iced!

11coredset

The icing used the remainder of the cream cheese filling, plus some powdered sugar and some more maraschino cherry syrup.

12icing

How pretty! You could stop there and people would still be delighted to try them. But why stop there?! ;)

13icedgroup

I added a little cocoa powder to a mesh strainer (you DEFINITELY want to do this over the sink!)

14cocoa

And lightly dusted each cupcake with a slight tap of cocoa (this takes some practice...some got a heavier dusting than others).

15dusted

Since these were for my cousin's birthday and not for Valentine's Day, I wrote him a message on the serving plate.

16plate

After being dusted, each cupcake was topped with another cherry. Aren't they just so cute?!

17set

If this doesn't scream "VALENTINE'S DAY!", I don't know a dessert that would.

18single

I mean, look at that cherry! The cherry alone is gorgeous enough, but then look what's under it!

19single2

And what's under it tastes extra, extra yummy. Ask me how I know.

20bite

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU!