Think outside the Valentine’s Day box of chocolates and whip up a batch of Magnolia Bakery’s sweetest treats. They make hearts sing.
1 ½ c. self-rising flour
1 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 c. sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
6-8 c. confectioners’ sugar
½ c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Line two twelve-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
3. Combine the flours and set aside.
4. In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth and gradually add sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with milk and vanilla, and blend well.
5. Fill cupcake liners three-quarters full and bake 20-25 minutes.
6. Let cool fifteen minutes in tins.
1. Place butter in large mixing bowl and add four cups of sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix until smooth and creamy.
2. Add remaining sugar, one cup at a time, until icing is spreadable. Add a few drops of pink or red food coloring as desired and store at room temperature.
3. Frost cupcakes.
4. Give each member of your brood his or her own cupcake to decorate with Cinnamon Hearts, colored sprinkles, or Sweethearts.
Now you’re eating the love.
Also available at Magnolia Bakery, 200 Columbus Avenue, at 69th Street (212-724-8101); 401 Bleecker Street, at West 11th Street (212-462-2572).
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