Treat your Valentine to a box of home-baked goodies and show them you care. Choose an easy cupcake recipe from 10 crowd-pleasing ideas.
Everyone knows that love is best expressed through baking cakes and there's nothing more romantic than being presented with beautifully decorated cupcakes – especially for those with a sweet tooth. This Valentine's Day, you could make our easy chocolate cupcakes and customise them with buttercream and garnishes of your choosing, or pick from one of our other popular recipes.
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1. Cherry brownie babycakes
Try our beautiful brownie hybrid bake for a richly chocolatey and fruity Valentine's Day treat. Cherry and chocolate were made to be together in sweet harmony. Top the babycakes with a dollop of softly whipped cream and a cherry. Your Valentine will love you for this.
2. Mini biscuit cupcakes
Everything is cuter in miniature. Our favourite biscuit cupcakes are ideal for personalising with your partner's favourite biccie for an extra thoughtful touch. Simply bake a batch of soft vanilla sponges, top with smooth buttercream and mini Jammy Dodgers or Oreos. This recipe is also great for kids to get involved with.
3. Melting heart muffins
Does your Valentine make your heart melt? Show them exactly how you feel with our melting heart muffins. These extra special chocolate cupcakes have a hidden truffle centre that's satisfyingly squidgy. They're easy to make and sure to woo your loved one. Get your piping bag at the ready and perfect that buttercream swirl.
4. Vanilla cupcake bouquet
Forget last-minute flowers – our vanilla cupcake bouquet is stunning and crucially, edible. Spend time on piping the petals and you can create a jaw-dropping gift. Refer to our step-by-step guide for helpful hints along the way. The cupcakes themselves are wonderfully light and fluffy. We also have a delicate orange & almond bouquet you may want to try.
5. Purple velvet cupcakes
Bake something bold this Valentine's Day like a batch of our purple velvet cupcakes with lush blackberry frosting. They're almost too beautiful to eat. The deep taste of this dark fruit with the rich milk chocolate is the perfect marriage. If you've got a frozen bounty of blackberries to use up, this recipe is ideal.
6. Little rose & almond cupcakes
The simplest designs can still be impressive. These little rose & almond cupcakes are pretty as a picture and just need a steady hand and a little patience. But if you want to go that extra mile with the decoration, try making these simple sugar roses for a sophisticated finish.
7. Black velvet baby cakes
The secret ingredient to this squidgy pud is a dose of the black stuff in the batter – Guinness. Our chocolate baby cakes are also topped with a delicate champagne buttercream, so they'd make a decadent end to an extravagant Valentine's Day meal.
8. Butterfly cupcakes
Your loved one will be all aflutter on receiving these beautiful butterfly cupcakes. The lavendar syrup lends a subtle flavour and keeps the sponge moist. Rosewater or lemon zest also work well and you can mix masterful cocktails with the leftover syrup.
9. Lemon & poppyseed
For a classic flavour combination with zing, there's always lemon & poppyseed. Try putting a spoonful of lemon curd in the batter for an extra zesty bake. If your loved one isn't a fan of chocolate, something luscious and lemony may hit the spot.
10. Red velvet choc-cherry cupcakes
Our red velvet choc-cherry cupcakes come complete with a sprinkling of edible glitter for a warm glow. A spoonful of cherry jam ensures the chocolate icing is also packed with fruity flavour, or you could decorate with tangy cream cheese frosting instead – it goes particularly well with red velvet cake.
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