I recently added foodgawker to my Google Reader, and that site is to be approached with caution! Don’t get me wrong. Those dishes and photos are pretty amazing, but for me, it gives me baking ADD: “I want to make that!” “OMG! I have to try that!” “I definitely think I can do that!” Yeah, this is the over-excitedness that gets me in trouble!
That being said, I really wanted to make the cutest Valentine’s Day cupcakes I saw on the site: ones with a pink heart baked in the middle! I followed the original recipe for the batter from bake it in a cake! My zealous nature got the better of me because I lacked the most crucial component to making these cupcakes: a small heart-shaped cookie cutter. I thought that finding one the day before Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be too difficult. My friend (Codename: Candelabra) thought the same. We were so wrong! I went to several stores looking in the baking and crafts sections for this darn cookie cutter, but no luck. So, I attempted to make a cut-out heart template, which was accurately sized, but individually cutting the cake around this piece of cardstock really didn’t work too well. As such, my pretty hearts turned out like this (get ready!):
See? This is why the tops of the cupcakes are in the opening photo! I made the frosting using a recipe I saw on Cocina Diary. It was a different way of making frosting than I’m used to, but it turned out extremely delicious! Anyway, here’s hoping everyone allows themselves a little indulgence today, whether it be chocolate, cake, or chocolate cake!
One last note, one of my friends (Codename: DoT Gamer) is celebrating his birthday on Valentine’s Day! So, I hope you have a happy, happy birthday! Here’s a special treat for you!