This is actually an important post as it is the first in my new series! Over the next few months I am going to be sharing many ‘student friendly recipes’ that I have been building up since I started university back in September, starting with these Valentine’s Day cupcakes. I have been wanting to do this series for ages but I feel like I now have the experience to share quite a lot of tips on how to make easy, cheap but still homely meals and treats. Hopefully I will be able to post them a couple of times a month, and they will feature both baking and cooking.
I thought I would post this a little before valentines day so that if you haven’t already got a gift sorted, then this is a perfect alternative. Its thoughtful, cheap so perfect for a student budget and tastes amazing! Whatever your opinion of February 14th is, you can’t argue that these valentine’s day cupcakes are super cute and would make a good present all year round, served in a little gift box with a ribbon. Such a thoughtful gift for your partner (if you are taken this year) or your friends if you are spending this valentines day single. Personally I love being able to share the love a little bit more on valentines day, it is very consumeristic but a bit of baking can still show your gratitude but in a much cheaper way!
I have used imperial measurements because this recipe is my nan’s, however I have included the metric measurements from google if you need them.
Ingredients (for 12 cupcakes):
- 4 ounces (115g) sugar
- 4 ounces (115g) self raising flour
- 4 ounces (115g) margarine
- 2 eggs
- Hot chocolate powder
- A bar of chocolate (melted) for the top
- Decorations of your choice
- Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees
- Mix together sugar and margarine.
- Add flour and eggs
- Add hot chocolate powder (or leave out if you prefer plain cupcakes)
- Once mixed, add into cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes
- Once cooked, wait to cool whilst melting chocolate.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate onto the top and add any decorations you like.
I thought I would display them nicely for photos, and I know that I am going to get so many questions about the plate… it is from Poundland. I think it looks so much better than from Poundland, would definitely recommend having a look at their valentines day collection!
I really enjoyed making these valentine’s day cupcakes, and I hope that it has given you some inspiration to make some sweet treats to give to your love or friends this February 14th. If you do make anything inspired by me then please tag me on Instagram (@indigorosee) as I would absolutely love to see them. Happy valentines day in advance!