These Valentines Day Cupcakes are topped with pink French Meringue Buttercream, dipped into pink homemade Sanding Sugar and topped with cute pink heart lollipops..
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Ok so let´s continue with the recipe.. I need to confess something else.. We all have those flops in the kitchen and mine normally happens when I least expect it.. These cupcakes were suppose to be pink velvet, staying with the theme of pink, hearts, love and all those things you would expect of Valentines Day cupcakes.. but..
..I used a little too much pink gel colourant in the batter and they turned out to be more red velvet than pink velvet.. so there you go in the middle of a crisis, I learnt something: the next time my red colourant is finished and I want to bake something “red velvet” all I need to do is use an excess of pink colourant. I can hear you say “Thanks for that super tip girl” – or that just might be my imagination..lol
Now let´s talk about the delicious French Meringue Buttercream I used to frost these guys with: they are made with egg yolks, soft ball stage sugar syrup, room temperature butter, icing sugar – and there you have it – one really delicious buttercream in typical French style.. since the French are renowned for being romantic, I thought these pink Valentines Day Cupcakes should be topped with some French love 😉
I also made some pink sanding sugar because many times I feel like decorate my cake pops, cupcakes etc with sanding sugar but where I live in a small Canarian village in the mountains, sanding sugar is not easily found and by that I mean never! So now I can make my own and store them in small jars for the next time. A tip would be to store your empty sprinkle jars and use them for this purpose 🙂 Another tip is to make sure you use heavy duty bags otherwise they might break while you are kneading/mixing the colour into the sugar.
I want to wish you all a beautiful Valentines Day! I believe we should celebrate our love for the people we love (husband, boyfriend, kids, family, friends etc) every single day and not just on Valentines Day but there is no reason why we can´t do something special on the 14th of Feb! So go splurge a little.. live a little and have fun!
Until next time guys,
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