Baking Cupcakes for Valentines {OXO Good Grips Review}

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I like to bake with the children as much as possible and through the year we bake seasonal treats just as an excuse really! When OXO Good Grips asked us to get our bake on using their products and create some Valentines inspired treats I couldn’t wait to get started!

Cupcakes are such a lovely treat to bake with the children at any time of the year but I knew they’d love to make Valentines themed ones – anything seasonal is always a hit with them!

Baking Cupcakes for Valentines {OXO Good Grips Review}
Valentines Cupcakes

These easy Valentines Day cupcakes are really lovely and light with a jam centre, covered in frosting and with Valentines sprinkles on the top. I think the children were pretty much in cake heaven! You could make your own cream cheese frosting or make chocolate covered chocolate cupcakes instead. Really, anything to mark the occasion but we love these strawberry cupcakes – nearly as much as red velvet cupcakes!

Baking Cupcakes for Valentines {OXO Good Grips Review}
Jammy Middle Cupcakes

These are so simple to bake, really fun to make and taste wonderful too. They would be great for a school bake sale, to take into the office or just to enjoy at home. A really versatile cupcake for Valentines – or no reason at all.

What equipment do you need to make these Valentine cupcakes?

You will no doubt have most of the equipment you need for this recipe at home already but, in case it helps, here are the things we use to bake these cakes at home:

These are pretty much staples for baking in any home kitchen and once you have them you won’t need to replace them often.

Here’s our Valentines Cupcake recipe:

Ingredients

  • 100 g self raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 g margarine or unsalted butter
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Strawberry jam
  • Frosting or buttercream frosting and sprinkles to decorate

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 280C/350F/Gas 4 and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  • Cream the margarine and caster sugar and then add the eggs one at a time beating after each one. Stir in the flour and salt.
  • Divide between the paper cases and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • When cooled completely remove the middle of the cupcakes. We used the OXO Good Grips Cupcake Corer for ease.
  • Add a teaspoon of jam to the middle of each cupcake, cut the removed cake in half and replace the top section, creating a lid.
  • Decorate the cupcakes using frosting/buttercream and sprinkles. I used ready made strawberry frosting and hearts to give a Valentines feel.

How to use the OXO Cupcake Corer

The OXO Good Grips Cupcake Corer works fantastically for removing the middles of cupcakes, ready for you to spoon in jam, chocolate spread, lemon curd or pretty much anything else. You press the top of the corer to remove the excess cake and can cut it in half to cover the middle of the cupcake again. Such a clever gadget and something any baker would love!

Baking Cupcakes for Valentines {OXO Good Grips Review}
OXO Good Grips Cupcake Corer

The simple addition of a gooey middle to the cupcakes is such a novelty for the children and I know we’ll be making more secret middle cupcakes in the future. Who wouldn’t love a chocolate cupcake with Nutella in the middle or a lemon drizzle one with a dollop of lemon curd? Jam filled cupcakes are wonderful and the possibilities are endless.

If you’d like to pin or print the Valentines Cupcake recipe for later you can do so below. Enjoy!

Valentines Cupcakes

These are such a lovely Valentines treat but can be enjoyed all year round.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword baking, cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 100 g self raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 g margarine
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Strawberry jam
  • Frosting/buttercream and sprinkles to decorate

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 280C/350F/Gas 4 and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  • Cream the margarine and caster sugar and then add the eggs one at a time beating after each one. Stir in the flour and salt.
  • Divide between the paper cases and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • When cooled completely remove the middle of the cupcakes. We used the OXO Good Grips Cupcake Corer for ease.
  • Add a teaspoon of jam to the middle of each cupcake, cut the removed cake in half and replace the top section, creating a lid.
  • Decorate the cupcakes using frosting/buttercream and sprinkles. I used ready made strawberry frosting and hearts to give a Valentines feel.

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Baking Cupcakes for Valentines {OXO Good Grips Review}

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