It’s Valentine’s Day! Despite being very single (and very okay about that) I decided to get creative in the kitchen this week and make some love heart themed cupcakes! Because, everyone deserves cake, right? In this episode of Baking With Bexa, my old trusty friend Betty Crocker is lending a hand. She can take care of the practicalities and getting all the measurements right, whilst I can have fun with the decorating and making it all colourful. Here is how to add a pink-lovey-dovey twist to a regular Vanilla Cupcake Mix.
You will need:
2 x large eggs, 3 tbsp olive oil
The only man in my kitchen this Valentines Day is Dr. Oetker… whoever he is.
These cakes are super simple and can be easily modified to suit your style. If you want Chocolate Cupcake Icing or Vanilla Cupcake Icing, Dr. Oetker has got you covered. Or what about a Rainbow Mega Mix of Sprinkles? Maybe Pastel Cupcake Cases are more your thing. You can let your creative side run wild.
As with previous baking posts, I am never far from a baking kit. This year, I have already made Unicorn Confetti Cupcakes and Rainbow Cake Pops (yay for colourful cooking!) I find a kit takes the stress and mess out of baking and just leaves you to do the fun and pretty decorating bit.
For the cakes, all you need to do is add Betty’s cake mix, 2 large eggs, 3 tbsp of oil and 3 tbsp of water to a mixing bowl. Mix well, pop into cases and bake for 15-17 minutes at 180 degrees. It really is that simple!
I picked up these cute polka dot cupcake cases from Hobbycraft by Colour Cups. I got 36 in a pack and only used 8, so expect to see these again on the blog in the future. It was a tough choice between these and a pack of Dots And Stripes Cupcake cases. But multicoloured polka dots won for today.
Betty C says the kit makes 9 cupcakes. I just had enough for 8, I’m assuming I’m either way more generous with my portions or I have larger cases. However, no complaints here – I’m fully supporting bigger cakes!
Betty Crocker never lets you down, her cupcakes always come out looking perfect!
For the icing, you need to select one of Dr. Oetker’s nozzles. There are four, and I picked the wrong one first – the icing was very flat, unphotogenic and generally disappointing. So I went for his largest nozzle which seemed to do a satisfactory job. There are way too many innuendo’s here… Must. Stop. Typing.
Unfortunately we lost two cupcakes, one due to the poor icing attempt and the other the icing ran out before it even got a chance. Don’t worry – they were still very edible even if they didn’t make it through to the sprinkle stage. As I only had six left so there was no room for decoration errors…
Thankfully, it was all straight forward from here: just sprinkle the sprinkles and pop in a love heart!
I didn’t realize but some of the Love Heart sweets are totally cringe. Nobody wants a soppy cupcake. The one’s I picked where Love, Dream On, Stay Cool, Bestie, Sweet Heart and one with a sunglasses emoji, as sunglasses are cool, yo. ‘Sugar Lips’, ‘Cheeky Boy’ and ‘Love Bug’ were not going to make the cut.
Stay cool and eat cupcakes.
So there ya go! Cupcakes are ready! I hope you enjoyed reading about my afternoon baking adventures with Betty Crocker, Dr. Oetker’s nozzles and cringe Love Heart sweets. I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day, single or in a relationship, it doesn’t matter just make sure it involves cake! <3
Have you used a Betty Crocker kit before? What are your favourite cupcakes? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!