Well, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s nothing I love more than themed sweet treats. I’m not so gung-ho about Valentine’s Day in general, but I’m pretty gung-ho when it comes to themed sprinkles and cupcake liners. It’s all about the accessories. The only problem with this, is that I become a serious accessory hog. I had Zach stop at the grocery store just yesterday just to wipe them out of their Valentine’s Day-themed accessories. Hey, they were on sale! You have to stock up while you can! These cupcakes are just adorable, and I decided to go “mini” with them so that they would “last longer.” I have a deranged way of thinking sometimes. Hey, I’m not perfect. You can certainly make them standard size. I will not be offended. They are perfect for parties, or if you are me, perfect for 12pm on a Thursday. They are simple and cute, so do yourself a favor, and whip up a batch!
Recipe Fun Facts:
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but because I live a mile above sea-level, my desserts tend to need more baking time. I tried to adjust this in the recipe below, but you may only need about 8 minutes (or 16 minutes for standard size) to cook these cuties through. Keep an eye on them (and make use of those toothpicks!), is what I suggest doing.
Whenever you make something “funfetti,” you run the risk of the sprinkles bleeding through the cake batter. This happens to me all the time, so don’t be nervous. At the worst, you will have a swirled effect in your cupcakes, which is equally adorable! When deciding what sprinkles to use, the bigger the better. They won’t bleed as quickly.
Themed sprinkles and cupcake liners are one hundred percent mandatory and will affect the taste of the cupcakes.
Beer: Speakeasy’s Butchertown Black Ale
Brewed By: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
Style: American Black Ale
Description: This Black Ale is perfectly roasty, chocolatey and malty. It’s a great pairing for your favorite sweets. With subtle hints of pine, it’s warming, yet refreshing. It compliments these cupcakes perfectly, and that subtle bitterness really brings out the vanilla in this recipe. This black ale was a one time release, but returned in 2013, so you may still be able to pick up a bottle! If you can, I highly recommend that you do so.