Valentine’s Day is almost here! I usually don’t like the commercialism surrounding holidays but when it comes to Valentine’s Day I just can’t seem to help myself. Maybe its all the pink, red and purple stuff. Maybe its the cheesy music. Maybe its the flowers… or maybe its the TREATS! The possibilities for baking are endless. Also, can I please draw your attention to these adorable foodie valentine cards I saw in last month’s Rachael Ray Magazine? “Take Olive Me” and “I’m Muffin Without You” are two of my favorites. I love puns.
So here is something really awesome… I was asked to write today’s blog post by a company called Brilliant Earth. They provide high quality jewelry originating from pure sources that is made using socially responsible practices. This year for Valentine’s Day Brilliant Earth is launching a “Create a Little Love” campaign by putting together a collage of various images that represent LOVE. Watch for it on Valentine’s Day! Of course I said yes to getting involved, any opportunity to incorporate some extra creativity is always welcome around here :)
I chose to represent LOVE using cupcakes. Cupcakes are cute. Cupcakes are fun. Cupcakes are hands down my favorite treats to bake. Whether I want to express a thank you, spoil someone on their birthday or whip up something special for a baby shower I always seem to express my love & affection to my friends and family through cupcakes. I mean, how can you not love something so delicious?
I know Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so if you are a bit pressed for time, these cupcakes are for you. Chances are, you will have most of these items in your pantry and can whip them up in no time flat. Nobody will know that you didn’t slave over them for hours.
Unbelievably Quick and Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup strong coffee
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix ingredients together on medium speed in a large bowl with your stand mixer or Kitchen Aid until well blended.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until set.
See?! So easy! Oh, and in case you are worried you don’t really taste the coffee its just for adding a bit of a richer flavor. You could even do 1/2 cup water 1/2 coffee if you wanted.
I topped these cupcakes with a white chocolate butter cream (ummm yes please). Here is the link for the yummy white chocolate frosting I made from Comfortably Domestic. Chocolate is so forgiving when it comes to frosting. For these treats you can really top them with whatever frosting you wanted. Chocolate frosting, whipped cream frosting, cream cheese frosting… I’ve included a few of my favorite recipes here:
- Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
- Bailey’s Butter Cream Frosting
- Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting
* ALSO… Winners and Home Sense have these adorable paper cupcake liners available right now. You just bake the cupcakes right in the liners standing up on a cookie sheet!
Enjoy! Try to find some time this week to go home and bake a little love… you will be glad you did! <3