Thursday, February 09, 2012

Valentine's Day Baking Ideas

While I'm not much for sappy romance, I do love the red and pink explosion in stores as Valentine's Day approaches.

Instead of buying something this year, why not try your hand at baking?

Scroll to bottom for tips on decorating.

1. Red Velvet Cupcakes from Bakerella
Classic recipe with a fun, easy decorating twist.

2. Cream Filled Strawberries from Joy of Baking
Simple, easy, and a little bit sexy, too!

3. Easy Tiramisu Trifles from My Baking Addiction
Can be made in advance! Single servings! No oven required!

4. Chocolate Valentines Cookies from The Pioneer Woman
Chocolate cookie-cutter cookies with cute detailing.

4. Chocolate Cake with Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache from Bakerella
Jump in with both feet. Look at that puppy! Go all out and make a big ol' chocolate layer cake. Send me a virtual high-five when your honey goes weak in the knees ;)

A few tips:
  • Bulk Barn looks like Valentine's Day threw a bad ass frat party and forgot to clean up, you can find super cute cupcake liners, sprinkles, cookie cutters, and all sorts of red & pink candy.
  • Piping icing onto cupcakes is actually easier than spreading it. Get yourself a piping bag (minimum 14 inches) and a large star tip (Wilton 6B or 8B) and you'll get cute results with minimal effort.
  • For red velvet or any red coloured batter you can use gel food colouring or standard liquid colouring. Gel colouring is available at bulk food stores. It stains your hands but doesn't alter the consistency of your batter like liquid might and produces a much more vivid colour. It lasts forever so no harm in having a little jar in the pantry. Liquid works too, though if that's what you've got.

My bounty from my trip to Bulk Barn. I dare you to spend less than $50.

What are you doing for Valentine's Day?

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