I have been wanting to try these for awhile now and I am so pleased I did! They are really simple to make and very yummy!
300g (2 cups) plain flour
30g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
315g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
250ml (1 cup) buttermilk
200g unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly whisked
1 tbs white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tsp red food colouring
Preheat oven to 170°C.
Sift flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Stir through the sugar.
Whisk the buttermilk, butter, eggs, vinegar and vanilla in a large jug until combined. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Add the buttermilk mixture. Stir until just combined. Stir in the food colouring.
Divide the mixture among the lined pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 18 muffin size cupcakes.
Ingredients for Icing...
250g pkt cream cheese, at room temperature
150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar
60g butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence
Use an electric beater to beat the cream cheese, icing sugar, butter, and vanilla until smooth.
I made Red chocolate hearts but you could use 2 Red JellyBelly lollies to make a heart, or decorate however you like, but above all, share them with someone you love!