Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Frosting

Valentine’s Day is a month away and in stores it’s hard to avoid. In fact, I saw Valentine outfits for babies in DECEMBER! What in the world?! I don’t typically observe Valentine’s Day in any major way like decorating the house or giving lavish presents but I do like to acknowledge it in small ways. I typically love all holidays but I guess I’m a bit of a Valentine’s scrooge. One thing I can get on board with over Valentine’s Day are the treats! Give me all the yummy meals, decadent desserts and sweets! If you don’t buy into the fancy, over-priced candlelit dinners and extravagant gifts then why not acknowledge your Valentine with a homemade sweet treat. You can’t ever go wrong with chocolate cake so I whipped up these easy chocolate cupcakes and got into the festivities with a delicious pink champagne frosting. All of the luxury and sweetness without the added cheese 😉

Valentine's Day Pink Champagne Chocolate Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Or maybe you could say “I Love You’ with the gift of peppiness 😉 Take a look at my Vanilla Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting for an alternative caffeine fix!

How sweet are these Valentine’s apt baking items?

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Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Who loves cinnamon rolls? I do! I’ve been known to eat a whole pan. Not that I condone that sort of behavior! I realized that I hadn’t baked any cupcakes in a long time and as I was humming and hawing over what flavor I was craving, I saw a tube of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the fridge (yes, I cheat sometimes!) and my mind was made up!

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Have you made any Cinnamon Roll variations?

Let me know in the comments!

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Vanilla Cupcakes With Espresso Frosting

Ever feel like you’ve had too many cups of coffee but still want to enjoy a coffee? Get your coffee fix via these light and fluffy, vanilla cupcakes with rich espresso frosting! I love finding new ways to enjoy coffee and nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than coffee flavored baked goods! I didn’t want to over-do it so rather than make coffee cupcakes, I made simple vanilla cupcakes with a rich and creamy coffee frosting.

Vanilla Cupcakes + Espresso Frosting

Have you tried espresso cupcakes or frosting?

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Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

I have a sweet tooth which those of you who follow me on Pinterest will already know. I don’t know about you guys but I LOVE salted caramel. Whether it’s chocolate, ice cream, coffee or baked goods – I just love the sharpness of the salt counteracting the sweetness of the caramel.

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

 

I am not a fan of cooking or baking that requires endless washing up or tricky preparation. If it has more than 10 steps, I’m not interested! This is why I adore these cookies. They have just three, yes three ingredients and they are so quick and easy! They won’t win any awards for being the lowest calorie cookie out there but sometimes we deserve a treat. Everything in moderation, right?

I posted before about my Fool Proof Shortbread Cookies but here’s a recap so it’s all in one place.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy salted caramel?

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Fool Proof Shortbread Cookies

The thought of baking shortbread can be daunting but what if I said these cookies have just three ingredients? Yes, THREE!

Foolproof Shortbread Cookies

Next time your sweet tooth is tingling and there’s no sweet treats in your cupboard, fear not! Just three kitchen staples will culminate in the most delectable, buttery cookies. Perfect for accompanying your tea or coffee but are also adorable wrapped up in a neat little package and given as a gift.

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and in celebration of my upcoming national holiday, I’ve made use of my shamrock cookie cutter to make these larger than usual (who’s complaining?) cookies!

Fool Proof Shortbread Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
12-15 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-15 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Fool Proof Shortbread Cookies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12-15 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-15 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Mix the butter and powdered sugar together until smooth and creamy
  4. Add the flour one cup at a time until a dough is formed (dumping it all in at once will make your life a lot more difficult!)
  5. Shape the dough into a large ball
  6. Dust your counter top with powdered sugar
  7. Roll the dough about 1/4 inch thick (If you want your cookies thicker remember to compensate your baking time!)
  8. Use a cookie cutter of your choice and carefully lift onto baking sheet (I recommend rounds on your first attempt as shapes tend to crumble!)
  9. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies are golden around the edges
  10. Cool on a wire rack
    Fool Proof Shortbread Cookie Method
Recipe Notes

 

Foolproof Shortbread Cookies

Looking for something for the kiddos? Then try these adorable Leprechaun Hats from The Cake Blog!

Are you baking something special this St. Patrick’s Day?

 

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