Item# WLPROJ-9515

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Item# WLPROJ-9515

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Item No. WLPROJ-9515
Amount
12 cupcakes
Prep Time
3 hr 45 min
Skill Level
Beginner
Total Time
2 hr 30 min

Topped with fun stars and rosettes, these easy Valentine’s cupcakes are a great way to show someone how much you care. Easy for beginning decorators and great for whipping up on a weeknight, these Valentine’s Day cupcakes are also topped with sprinkles for added color and texture. Surprise the kids when they get home from school or sneak a cupcake (or two) into their lunch for a fun Valentine's Day surprise!

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Cupcake Ingredients

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Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons milk, heavy cream or water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (pure or imitation)
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

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  • Notes:

    How to pipe stars:
    Using a decorating bag fitted with a star tip, hold the bag straight up, with the tip just slightly above the surface. Squeeze the bag to form a star. Use light pressure to form a small star and add more pressure to make a bigger star. Stop squeezing before pulling the tip away.

    • To create a pull-out star: form the star, then continue squeezing and pull the tip up and away. Decrease pressure as you reach the desired length.
    • For different size stars:
      • Small star: try using Tip 13
      • Larger standard star: try using Tip 22
      • Extra-large star: try using tip 1M or 4B

    How to pipe rosettes:
    Hold the bag at 90° angle with the tip slightly above the surface. Squeeze out frosting to form a star. Without releasing pressure, raise the tip slightly as you drop a line of frosting on top of the star in a tight, complete rotation. Pull the tip away, continuing the circular motion so that the tail maintains the circular shape of the rosette. 

    • To make a rosette border: pipe a line of uniform rosettes, touching one another. 
    • To prevent a tip from forming, decrease the pressure as you close your rosette. Stop squeezing right before you connect, then pull away.

    Use your favorite cupcake mix.
    Chocolate cupcakes add a nice rich contrast against the frosting colors or opt for red velvet cupcakes for an extra pop of color.

    How To

    How to Pipe a Star
    How to Pipe a Star

    One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.

    How to Pipe a Rosette
    How to Pipe a Rosette

    Learn how to pipe beautiful rosettes, big and small, to add charming floral accents. Rosettes are a great way to create quick decorations. Different tips create different petal effects. Rosettes can be used to add a simple floral accent to a dessert or to cover a cake or cupcake.

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    39 Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

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    67 Best Valentine’s Day Desserts for Sharing with Your Sweetheart

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