Friday, 17 February 2012

Cupid’s arrow cupcakes recipe

Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

This recipe is a combination of Buddy Valastro recipes. I absolutely love the Cake Boss, so in all my crazy research these recipes that I combined made the best sense. So please bake these and let me know what you think, I certainly loved it…for my first time!

Cupcakes (24 medium sized)


375g butter
2 cups sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
20/40 ml red food colouring
3 cups flour (sifted)
¼ tsp fine salt
1 ¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ tsp baking soda
1 ¼ tsp vinegar
3 large eggs
1 ¼ cups buttermilk

Pre heat oven to 176 °C.
Mix together the butter, sugar, cocoa, food colouring, flour, salt, vanilla extract, baking soda and vinegar in a bowl. Mix together at low speed then on medium speed for 1 minute until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time, mixing through well after each addition. Add the buttermilk in 2 portions. Mix well after additions. Fill each cupcake liner ¾ full with the batter.


500g cream cheese
125g butter
2 ½ cups icing sugar (sifted)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed until smooth. Add the icing sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Mix well until fluffy.


Heart paper print outs.
100’s & 1000’s
Red fondant

Cut the straw ¾ of the way. Clamp one end between players and heat with a lighter. The end will see. Fill with 100’s and 1000’s. Close the other end same way as before. Push straw through the baked cupcake which has cooled. Stick heart shaped print cut outs on either end of the straw.

Cut out heart shapes from red fondant. Place on top of frosting

Cupid's arrow cupcakes

So love was all around us this week. Valentines day came and went. Red, pink, hearts and flowers were all around. I literally had hearts in my eyes. But who can forget about the delectable treats that are cupcakes! So with all this love in the air, I decided it’s time to try my first attempt at red velvet and cream cheese frosting.

So I did some research about these wonderful cupcakes, reading about chemical reactions and vinegar, cocoa and buttermilk. Seriously…all these things in one cupcake, I felt like a scientist. But so I did the digging, came up with a few recipes, and then took the plunge. And boy was I rewarded with the most delicious, soft, dense cupcakes. Not even to talk about that cream cheese frosting.

I also have to thank Bakerella, I took some inspiration from her valentines cupcakes with Cupid’s arrow. I just decided to give it a twist, fill the straws with 100’s and 1000’s and poke them through the delicious red velvetness. I personally think that cream cheese icing is the next best thing since sliced bread…but meringue frosting comes a close second.

So please enjoy these Cupid’s arrow cupcakes. Make them for a loved one, for yourself, just anytime you feel like baking. The recipe will be posted soon.