February 6, 2012

Valentine Cupcakes

Valentine's Day is right around the corner...8 days to go!  I purchased heart sparklers from Jilly Bean Kids a few weeks ago & thought they would be cute in cupcakes.  I gave 2 away in my Sweet Valentine Giveway & then gave the rest to our friend's teenage daughter. She thought they were "cool".  

It's been a while since I've used  a sparkler so I had Juls assist me in
getting it started - (yes I'm a chicken)
For some reason I thought the whole thing would be a
sparkler at once

Have you tried my favorite buttercream recipe?   I use it exclusively, even to decorate with.  I don't even have crisco in the house... it can be done in all BUTTER despite what Wilton teachers tell you :)  I've had this recipe stand up in high temps of 85, in the sunshine with no melting... it works perfectly.

Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream
Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream: (makes 6 cups)4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 lbs sifted powder sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp cream, milk or water
1 tsp vanilla or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Cream butter, add liquids & salt... add in powder sugar slowly. Mix until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Note: You can alter this with any extract to make different flavors or add fruit puree

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