Valentine's Heart Cupcakes

About: An Italian living in China with a passion for cooking. I grew up in a picturesque town called Lecce nestled on the “heel of the boot”, Italy’s southern tip, between the Adriatic and Ionian ...

Sweet idea to make to u Valentine in a couple of days. These cupcakes have a hidden heart!
 
Ingredients (makes 8 cupcakes):

1 cup sugar
2/3 cup unsalted butter
2 whole eggs
2 – 1/2 cup flour
250 ml whole fat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4  cup chocolate frosting or nutella

Step 1: Step 1: Make the Batter

In a bowl of your electric mixer combine sugar and butter and mix on medium until they turn into soft cream. Next up, add one egg at a time mixing well after each one. Add vanilla extract, baking powder and flour altarnating it with milk and mix until you get a creamy batter. 

Step 2: Step 2: Bake the Hearts

Take off about 1/3 cup of it and add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder, mix it up then pour the batter onto a baking pan. and bake at 200 C (400 f) for about 15 min. Remove, let it cool down then using a cookie cutter, cut out small hearts

Step 3: Step 3: Assamble Your Cupcakes

Pour 1 tbsp of the plain batter into muffin cups, place the chocolate heart right in the center and cover it with an other tbsp of the plain batter. 

Step 4: Step 4: Bake and Decorate

Bake at 180 C (375 F) for about 20 min. Remove your cupcakes from the oven and let them cool down. Then spread on top of each cupcakes the chocolate frosting (or nutella)

For more recipes check out my cooking blog:

www.expatcucina.com

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