Just about any recipe good for making a cake can be used for making cupcakes for Valentine's Day.
In general, a cake recipe producing two nine-inch layers will make 24 medium-size cupcakes, and most times the recipe can be cut in half if you're looking to make just a small batch. Over the past several years, our fascination with cupcakes has skyrocketed giving rise to many delightful cookbooks devoted entirely to cupcakes. Cupcake cookbooks contain recipes for every skill level and include ideas that are easily realized in the baking aisle of the local supermarket.
Kids will love cupcakes studded with mini-marshmallows, or fashioned to resemble lollipops, like the ones pictured in Lilach German's "Cupcakes, Cupcakes & More Cupcakes." "Cupcakes, Year-Round, 50 Recipes for Every Season and Celebration," by Sara Neumeier, with it's neat built-in easel stand, offers season-by-season creations begging to be made, such as black cherry forest, hummingbird and red velvet cupcakes, all of which would taste great with her divine "Cream Cheese Icing."
I had great success with both the yellow and chocolate cupcake batter recipes included with Elinor Klivans' "Cupcake Kit," which also held 250 beautiful paper cupcake liners, a reusable pastry bag and a number of piping tips. Any Valentine would adore getting one of these cookbooks for Valentine's Day. A cookbook delivered with real cupcakes, lots of icing, and a dozen pink roses, even better.
Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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