Category Archives: Icing (frosting) Recipes

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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Joys Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

The Best Chocolate Buttercream Icing

adapted from Delilah Bakery

Joys choc icing

1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

4 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/4 cup milk

1 cup heavy cream

2/3 cup Ovaltine

Cream together butter, cocoa powder and salt. Butter mixture will be very thick.

Turn off the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add powdered sugar.

Turn mixer on low and mix in powdered sugar while adding milk and vanilla extract.

As the sugar incorporates, raise the speed of the mixer to beat the frosting. Beat until smooth.

In a 2 cup measuring glass, stir together heavy cream and Ovaltine.

Turn mixer speed to medium and pour cream mixture into frosting in a slow, steady stream, until you’ve reached your desired consistency.  

You may not need the full amount of Ovaltine and cream. 

Top your cakes and cupcakes with this and sit back and listen to the appreciation! Yummy!

Check out her recipe for the cupcakes! Sooo delicious!