Cupcake | Cupcake Decorating for Valentine’s Day | Thoughtfully Simple



Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to brush off your dusty apron and get baking some cupcakes for your sweets! It’s all about the love and thought behind your baked works of art, so why not try something new? Your loved ones will love you just as much if your culinary creations are photo worthy– and I’ll bet they will still taste amazing! Here are some of my favorite Valentine cupcake decorating ideas. Get inspired!



What a simple touch….tie a ribbon around the base of your cupcake for some festive flair! This cupcake has no icing, instead it is dusted with powdered sugar.



This sweet cupcake design if simple enough for anyone, have your kiddos help you! Simple decorate your cupcakes with conversation hearts! For a yummy cupcake recipe visit Bakerella, she is the cupcake goddess behind this creation!

Again, a simple ribbon tied around the cupcake is such a simple touch. The roses on top of these cupcakes were made by rolling colored fondant. Check out Bakerella for the simple cupcake decorating steps and make them yourself!

I hope you feel inspired to whip up some sweets this valentines day! What do you plan on making for your loved ones?

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Mari’s Cakes: Chocolate Buttercream

This icing goes perfectly with the Chocolate Cupcakes or Vanilla Cupcakes.


¾ cups of powdered baking chocolate or 4 onz unsweetened chocolate melted

½ cup (1 stick) of butter (113 g)

½ cup of vegetable shortening (I use Crisco) (102 grams)

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon vanilla (2.5ml)

4 cups of confectioners sugar (512 g)

¼ Cup (59 ml) of milk or cream (the choice is yours depending on your like)

Yields enough to lightly cover 24 Cupcakes.


1. Cream butter and vegetable shortening at Med-High speed until light and fluffy.

2. Add cocoa and 1 cup sugar (already sifted together) mix on low speed until incorporated.

3. Continue to add sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla and mix on low speed until incorporated then move to high speed. Beat to a spreading consistency.

4. Add more milk if needed until to desired consistency.

Variations to this Buttercream frosting:

* To dilute the consistency, add 2 tablespoons of syrup (dark corn syrup), chocolate milk or water, and beat. Continue the process until desired consistency.

* To thicken add 2 tablespoons of sifted confectioners’ sugar and mix. Continue the process until desired consistency.

* To make a Mocha Buttercream Frosting: instead of adding milk or cream, replace the same amount of liquid for strong brewedcoffee .

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Flourless chocolate cake (Scandinavian) – Recipe

Yield: 12 servings


12 oz (340 g) semisweet chocolate (45-50 % cocoa)

5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) butter

5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) milk

5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) finely ground almonds

4/5 cup (180 g) sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

4 eggs, separated

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1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C).

2. Line a 9 in (23 cm) cake tin with grease proof or other non-stick paper and grease the tin.

3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with butter and milk over hot water.

4. Beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar.

5. Fold in the melted butter and chocolate mixture.

6. Fold inn ground almonds and baking powder.

7. Beat egg whites until frothy by using an electric mixer; gradually add the remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.

8. Fold in the beaten egg whites.

9. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Please note that cakes of this type will collapse and look like a pie (see the picture).

The Flourless Chocolate Cake may be served warm or cold with whipped cream. The cream may be dusted with cocoa powder before serving, and the cake may be dusted with powdered sugar.


1. You may add one teaspoon of ground cinnamon together with the almonds. This gives a more spicy flavor.

2. If you add ¼ teaspoon of almond extract the almond flavor will be enhanced.

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Hello Kitty – a purrfect choice!

Waving Kitty Cupcake Kitty & Ted Cupcake

Ever since Christmas if you mentioned to my daughter about her birthday she immediately said that she wants a ‘Hello Kitty’ cake!

So her request was my command. I had chosen a picture for the cake topper but my newly turned 3 year old had other ideas.

She looked through the pictures and decided on another. I was resigned to use this on cupcakes instead, lol. Very demanding these 3 year olds!

These chocolate cupcakes are actually are vegan recipe, egg and milk free, for my friends daughter who is allergic, however all the kids enjoyed them and it meant that she wasn’t left out of the cakey celebrations.


1 cup (237 ml) soy milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup (170g) granulated sugar

1/3 cup (78ml) canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract, chocolate extract, or more vanilla extract

1 cup (110g) all-purpose flour

1/3 cup (40g) cocoa powder, Dutch-processed or regular

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

2. Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.

Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and other extract, if using, to the soy milk mixture and beat until foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat until no large lumps remain a few tiny lumps are OK.

3. Pour into liners, filling 3/4 of the way.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Makes about 12 -15 cupcakes.

via Basic Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe – CHOW.

kitty face cupcake Kitty Cloud cupcake

My daughter was thrilled with the cake – big, pink and very definitely very Hello Kitty!

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The Cake Company! Yummy!


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Are you in the mood for some divine cupcakes? Me too! And these girls certainly know how to pander to my moods and send me to heaven. The girls at The Cake Company make a range of cakes, cupcakes and tray bakes (and even make a low fat version so you can indulge without guilt – well almost!)  SDC12944 (480x640)



They can do anything from a small private party to a large corporate event. Their cakes really do taste as good as they look and if you fancy sampling some for yourself head to The Trading Post, Estepona on a Saturday and visit their cake stall. You can even take a box home with you ( if they make it that far – mine never make it out of the car!)

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To contact the girls email them on or call 679 33 43 53 and leave a message with your details.



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Yes, it is true – our cake toppers can now be seen at the Passion Cafe in San Pedro! The wonderful Caitriona Coates has opened a home-baked section selling beautiful, fresh and delicious cakes, muffins and even freshly baked bread. This is an excellent addition to a restaurant that is already famed for having wonderful food, great service and divine desserts all set in the trendy cafe in San Pedro de Alcantara. Even with the road works this place is still relatively easy to get to ( in the Centro La Colonia opposite McDonalds) and if you haven’t been already then I suggest you go – breakfast menu is fantastic if you are an early bird! I have spent many an long lunch in there with my girlfriends and has been known to spill over into dinner as well! The menu boasts wonderful wraps, divine sandwiches and fresh and delicious salads to name just a few. And they also have a kids menu (very important for us parents!) 


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Caitriona has opened her new tantalising home-bake section only a few weeks ago and it is already the talk of the town. My daughter can’t get enough of the beautifully decorated cupcakes. If you need a special cake in the Marbella area then this is the place to go although I guarantee that you will leave with other delights too. And of course you can have one of our toppers on your cake or cupcakes!



Passion Café, Centro Comercial La Colonia, San Pedro, Costa del Sol, Spain. Reservations: 0034 952 781 583

Have a great Saturday at The Trading Post!

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Not sure what to do this Saturday? Then head to the The Trading Post at the Estepona Riding School (exit Km 159 at the carreterra at Laguna Village and follow the signs inland for approx  5 mins).  SDC12944


It is on every Saturday and starts at 11.00 am. They have loads of stalls – toys, books, clothes. fruit & veg, Nigel’s fab sauces and many more. Make sure you visit The Cake Company’s stand to try one of their amazing cupcakes or tray bakes – Divine! SDC12939




   Stay for a while and enjoy the music, have a drink at the bar or a spot of lunch at the BBQ, while enjoy the Saturday Eventing. The kids can even go on a pony ride! Entrance is free so you have not excuse – go and have some family fun!




Telf: 952808077