What’s the point of making great Valentine’s Day cupcakes if you don’t have the icing and other toppings to truly make it standout and stick in the mind of your partner? The great thing about icing is that if you’re somewhat of a novice baker and have had a nightmare with the actual cake (too thick, not enough sugar, over or under cooked) then amazing icing is often enough to cover up any mistakes. Icing is infinitely easier to get right than cakes, too.
Here’s what you’re going to need to make amazing red icing for Valentine’s Day cupcakes, and how to do it quickly and easily.
- 500g of icing sugar
- 160g of butter
- Seeds of one vanilla pod
- 2-3 drops red (or pink if you prefer) liquid food colouring
- 50ml of milk
- Hundreds and thousands or an alternative topping such as marshmallows or heart-shaped sweets.
Use an electric whisk for the icing, and start by mixing up the icing sugar and butter until it is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla pods and food colouring next, and mix well. Be careful you don’t accidentally add too much food colouring as you’ll end up ruining the taste of the icing and you might also have problems with consistency, too. Yes, making the icing is easier than the cake itself, but it isn’t a total walk in the park! Add milk as you need to in order to create a smooth icing, although you can obviously adjust depending on the taste and consistency you want to create.
Finish by spooning the icing onto the top of your Valentine’s cupcakes – check out how to make gorgeous heart shaped Valentine’s Day cupcakes here - use an icing sleeve and nozzle if you want a particular design, and then add the topping of your choice.
Perfect, romantic Valentine’s Day cakes in under an hour. Does baking get any better than that?