Posted by: Catherine | February 11, 2009

Emma and Karen’s Valentine’s Day Cupcakes (RR*)


They may look too good to eat...but they weren't.

They may look too good to eat...but they weren't.



Emma and Karen contemplate cupcake-making in Baking School.

Emma and Karen contemplate an afternoon of cupcake-making...


Emma is the best taster.

...and tasting. Emma is a world-class taster.


Packed up, and ready to take home to mommy and daddy.

All packed up, and ready to go home to a hungry mommy and daddy. On the floor, you can see Sonny's bowl--she is Guthrie's Valentine.


A Valentine beauty.

A Valentine beauty, made just for mommy with chocolate frosting.


* Reader Recipe

Our friend Karen, a wonderful cook who used to have her own cookie business, has regular baking playdates Emma. They go out for a girls’ lunch, then back to Karen’s  for afternoons of indulgence (with no mom around, there are  no holds barred on tasting and licking bowls). Together, they’ve made everything from Halloween Caramel Apples to these beauty-cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. 


1 package Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake, plus all ingredients required

1 cup mini-chips

1 recipe Frosting, below

Red, white and pink candies

Follow all package instructions and stir in mini-chips. Spoon into greased, lined cupcake tins. Bake for 16 minutes. Cool, frost and decorate.


Frosting ( Ina Garten’s Hot Pink Butter Icing minus the Hot Pink)

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 pounds confectioners’ sugar, sifted

9 tablespoons milk

3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Food coloring–tap your inner artist (plus, Emma and Karen used cocoa powder so mommy could have chocolate)

Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Mix on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes, until thickened. Divide among several small bowls and add food colorings to your heart’s desire. Using a spatula, fully incorporate the color into the frosting. 

Other Recipes from Karen

buns11Upside-Down Sausage-Apple Muffins



steamed-egg-cake311Chinese  Steamed Sponge Cake



  1. Thank you so much for your lovely email. I love your site, and these cupcakes are outrageous! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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