12 Sweet Valentines Day Ideas

12 Sweet Ideas for Valentines Day

12 Sweet Ideas for Valentines Day

I’ve aimed these quick fun tutorials for the last minute romantic… If Valentine’s has sneaked up on you this year it’s still not too late to grab the red food colour out the cupboard and knock something rather awesome together.

If you are a regular caker you will already have most of the bit in…if your not we have fast next day delivery and there’s always the supermarket – just don’t buy that cheap nasty red food colour, go to your local cake specialists to sort you out!

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1: Choco Toppers – We’ve used the easy Choco Writers to create these, they are so easy and convenient. Boil the kettle, pop your choco write in the water to melt, then pipe. Check out our blog on how to use them HERE. 

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2: Ombre Valentines Cake – Using a good red food colour you can create an easy ombre effect in layers, this will require you baking three separate layers. Start by splitting your cake mix into three parts…then add the red to achieve three different depths. Top tip use a quality professional food colour that’s bake stable otherwise your cake may end up being a wash out! I highly recommend Rainbow Dust ProGel Red. 

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3: Easy Rose Toppers – All you’ll need is the piping tube that you used to create your buttercream swirl! Simple! Check our full tutorial out HERE.valentines_tutorial

4: Bring the Milkshake – Cute chocolate cupcakes with a little pink buttercream and a sprinkling of icing sugar! You can even finish the scene off with these awesome Pink Swirl Straws!

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5: Go Classy – Try this awesome Pistachio & Rose Cupcake recipe that has a fabulous 4 star review at the timing of writing. Get the full recipe by GoodToKnow.

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6: Go BIG: I love this idea using plastic cups to keep your awesome cupcake display in place… follow our number 7 and then add them to your newly made cupcake bouquet holder!

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7. Red Rose Cupcakes – Time to make these and put them in your Cupcake Bouquet…beats traditional flowers any day, although traditional flowers would definitely last longer in my house! Get our full Recipe and Tutorial.

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8: Make Your Heart Complete – No tin, no worries! We have the solution above for your sweet Valentine!

Red Velvet Recipe

9: Red Velvet – Here’s a good excuse to make Red Velvet Cakes! Top Tip…use Red Extra by Sugarflair or another quality brand so it doesn’t fade to pink in the baking process.

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10: Surprise Heart Cake – Whether it’s cupcakes or a larger cake this is a really cool idea… make the pink cake first and fully bake and once cooled, cut the hearts and and place them in the centre of the raw cake mix. This will look awesome! Guaranteed!

Valentines Lips Tutorial

11: Kissable! – Not just kissable but completely edible. We have the full free tutorial to give these smooch-able lips a go and all your need is a bit of pink sugarpaste!

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12: Ruffle Heart Cake – Yeah, you got me! I lied on this one…it will take a while and by a while I mean around 4 hours to decorate it! BUT it looks awesome doesn’t it!

 

I hope you enjoyed our 12 Sweet Ideas for Valentines Day this year…and if you are only reading it a week on…well think how much prep you have in time for next year!

Happy Valentine’s lovelies!

Valentines Rose cupcakes

Valentines Rose Cupcakes

Valentines Rose Cupcakes

This fabulous Valentines Rose Cupcakes Tutorial comes with a yummy recipe and help piping your awesome rose on top! A huge thanks to our guest blogger Victorious Cupcakes for contributing.

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  • Makes: 12
  • Prep Time: 35 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Skill Level: Easy Peasy
  • Cost: Cheap as Chips!

There’s nothing more romantic then a bunch of red roses – so why not make these special rich chocolate cupcakes topped with romantic flowers to show someone you care this Valentine’s Day?

Ingredients

  • 110g butter
  • 110g 48% dark chocolate
  • 10g coffee granules
  • 60g self raising flour
  • 60g plain flour
  • 10g cornflour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ⅓ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 240g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3½ tsp vegetable oil or olive oil (not virgin oil)
  • 50ml buttermilk
  • 80ml of water

For the icing:

  • 110g butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 2 tbls milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of Red Extra Sugarflair

For the leaves:

  • 50g flower paste
  • Green colouring
  • 1 small rose leaf cutter

You will also need:

  • Muffin trays
  • 12 Red Cases
  • Flower Piping Tip
  • Large piping bag
  • Household sponge

See our Valentines Rose Cupcakes Collection to get everything you need to create this cute Valentines Rose Cupcakes.

Step 1:

To make the leaves: Colour the flower paste with the holly-green colouring. Roll thinly, 1/8th of an inch thick, cut 12 leaves and place on a sponge to dry.

Step 2:

To make the cakes: Preheat the oven to 160°C/320°F/Gas Mark 3 and line a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.

Step 3:

Place butter, chopped chocolate, coffee granules and water in a large bowl over a pan of boiling water, stir gently until melted then remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Step 4:

Sift the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and make a well in the centre. Add the beaten eggs, oil and buttermilk and the chocolate mixture, stirring with a large spoon until completely combined.

Step 5:

Fill cupcake cases to 2/3 full and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and cool in the tins for 10 minutes before cooling on a wire rack ready for icing.

Step 6:

To make the icing: Add butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl, then beat for about 5 minutes with an electric whisk until smooth. Add the red colouring and beat again.

Top Tip: Pour the milk gradually, if you need to loosen the mixture.

 

Step 7:

Pipe roses onto your cupcakes. See this video tutorial below to learn how.

Choco Writers

Choco Writers

Our latest range of Choco Writers are now available on the website and we wanted to show you just why we love them so much!

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patisserie standard chocolate for easy piping & professional finish.

What are Choco Writers?

Great question, we won’t get far without knowing the basics so here they are… Choco Writers are patisserie standard chocolate in a tube, ready for melting and then piping.

We are going to show you the best ways to use them but the main positives PartyAnimalOnline found are:

  • They taste great.
  • They pipe easily once melted.
  • You can keep the leftovers & use them on another occasion.
  • Hassle free.
  • Minimum waste.

So How Do You Use Choco Writers?

It’s as simple as melting them in a jug of hot water and then piping.. honestly, I’ve tried it and it was easy-peasy! Here’s a Video on how to melt them down, remember they are hot so take precautions not to burn yourself whilst preparing your chocolate.

Free Stencils For Outlining Chocolate Designs

Try your hand at the following designs to add them to your cakes or cupcakes, simply download from our links and then print them off and away you go!

Top Tip: Get practising with our Special Offer Set of three which includes White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate & Dark Chocolate at a special price!

 

Examples of Choco Writers

Use the downloadable stencil templates listed above to help you create them yourself!

Cake Toppers

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Truffles

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Cookies & Biscuits

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Decorating Biscuits Video Tutorial >

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How to make heart toppers video…

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They are just so versatile. We hope you enjoy using them as much as we have. See the full range HERE

Making Sugar Roses – Cupcake Toppers

Making Sugar Roses

Step by Step on making sugar roses.
Step by Step to making really simple sugar roses. Sugarcraft has never been easier.

Roses that just take 5 minutes!

Today I’ve been making sugar roses. These are really simple and the main point of this experiment was to use as little equipment as possible to cut down on costs to create your own easy fondant sugar rose toppers.

I will make a list of equipment you need but most of it should already be in the cupboard at home or you can improvise just as I did!

 

What you will need.

 

I have added in all the links in case you want to buy these! You can improvise with many of the items like making your own modelling paste, using cutters & colours you already own or hand cutting the shapes – WARNING this will take much more time and give a less professional finish.

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Step 1

Roll your flower paste as fine as possible, the finer it is the more realistic your rose will look! My tip is to use cornflour very lightly dusted underneath to stop your paste from sticking.

 

Step 2 

Cut 6 circles out of the flower paste. I didn’t actually have a circle cutter to the size I wanted so I used an icing tube! I turned the icing tube upside down and used the 2 inch width to cut through the icing! This is about the size of tubes you use for cupcake frosting and metal is preferable as it cuts easier.

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Step 3

Start by rolling the first circle to create a swirl as you can see in this picture, you will wrap the remaining circles around this main part.

Step 4

Wrap each circle one at a time starting on alternate sides around the rose centre, you will start to see this building up to your rose, nip the rose around half way down to keep the shape building the way you want it. You can also continue to add layers or use less to make bud like roses. I found 6 circles about right to make the flower as shown complete in the picture.

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Step 5

Cut off the excess of the rose, by doing this it will also squash the paste together so it holds and you have a flat base so you can stand your rose up to dry. I recommend leaving all creations overnight to firm up and so I often make my toppers a day before I bake!

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Step 6

Make your rose petals simply by cutting out your rose leaf with a cutter or by hand, you can mark it with veins if you wish using a PME flower veining tool or use a plunger cutter that does 2 in one cutting and veining as you go! Leave these to dry with your flowers over night. I always find using scrunched up kitchen roll allows them to dry with a bit of shape rather than just flat.

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That’s it, you can then go on to dusting and steaming your rose and rose leaf but for this one I didn’t, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible and I really enjoyed making them!

I hope you find it as useful as I did! Easy Valentines or Rose Toppers for last minute Lil’s like myself!

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Do you want to make the Red Velvet Recipe to go with it?

 

Valentines Cupcake Topper – Elegant Heart

Elegant Heart Topper

Elegant Heart Topper by Katy Sue

Wow I love this Katy Sue Elegant Heart Topper.

As promised I spent the weekend experimenting with some products while testing my wonderful new Red Velvet Cupcakes. We have a recipe up that makes 12 and the cream cheese frosting to match.

We tried a few different designs using products that we stock to give you guys plenty of Valentines ideas for that special someone or for your customers.

This blog is about using the Katy Sue ~ Elegant Hearts Mould. I rate this mould very high. The whole range is very impressive we dozens of moulds available in high quality silicone for an extremely reasonable price, very competitive in line with some of the well established top leading brands. It’s so simple.

What you will need.

How to make it.

Step 1 Colour your paste accordingly to achieve the colour you would like, for ours we used red extra to colour the paste. This is by Sugarflair and be aware you only need a very tiny amount to colour.

Step 2 Dust your mould with a light sprinkle of Cornflour, tap the mould on its side to get out any excess.

Step 3 Knead paste well until pliable, roll in to a small ball and push in to your mould, making sure any excess is removed.

Step 4 Bend the mould to release the modelling paste, do this simply by putting pressure on the centre of the reverse of the mould. Your heart should drop out easily. This same technique can be applied to most pliable silicone moulds!

Step 5 Leave to for a few hours before dusting or painting them. For my elegant hearts I painted them using Sugarflair edible paint, it have then a deep, rich finish! Perfect for Valentines!

Easy peasy! Check out our other blogs for loads more tips and techniques.

The Perfect Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe.

Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

The perfect Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

The Perfect Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe.

I wanted to make a lovely light Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe for Valentines or any occasion Cupcakes and after some trial and error and slight adjustments here’s what I ended up with.

Red Velvet can always be a little complicated as a lot goes in to it but once you have the goods in you’ll be able to make hundreds of them and trust me, you’re going to want to!

 

Red Velvet Ingredients – Makes 12

Oven Temperature to set to 160°c for fan assisted ovens – Bake for 20-25 mins.

  • 160g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 140g Plain Flour (Sieved)
  • 65g of Butter or Margarine
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • 10g Coco Powder (Optional)
  • 120ml of Buttermilk
  • 1tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • ½ tsp of Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp of Vanilla Essence
  • ¼  tsp of Sugarflair Red Extra Food Colour

 

Method:

First things first, get all your ingredients weighed out, it will make it so much easier to mix and save a lot of mess and panicking.

Once everything is measured out, cream your butter & sugar with a splash of buttermilk. Mix until light.

Separately mix your eggs, vanilla essence and Red Extra and then add half the mix to your butter and sugar mixing well.

Add in half the flour and the rest of the egg mix, this will stop the mix coagulating and keep it nice and smooth. Finally add the remaining of your flour, buttermilk, baking powder and Bicarbonate of soda and mix well until smooth.

You should have a nice bright red mix, the Red extra will develop further and become brighter whilst baking so don’t add too much even though it may not be as bright as you think it should be.

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Buttermilk:

If you can’t find this anywhere then do not worry there’s ways to make your own substitute. I bought mine from Sainsbury’s.

I also made my own Cream Cheese Recipe for the topping so be sure to check it out! I think that was my favourite part!

Using the Karen Davies Bow Mould

Karen Davies Bow Mould

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As promised I am doing a brief write up on my Sugarcraft bows made for the Sugarflair paint review last week. I used the fantastic Karen Davies Bow mould that we stock. PartyAnimalOnline already hold most the range but after experiencing these moulds for myself it will definitely be on the list to expand the range further.

Karen Davies moulds are made from a high quality silicone that is extremely durable and just lasts and lasts, they are not flimsy so they maintain a great shape giving you a very professional finish that is easy to accomplish.

It’s so simply, I’ll talk you through it step by step.

What you will need.

Method & Technique

It’s so simple to create these beautiful looking bows.

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Simply dust your Karen Davies mould with cornflour, don’t be shy, this WILL stop the sugarpaste / modelling paste from sticking which is pretty much 90% of the battle. Tear off a chunk of modelling paste, knead well so it’s durable and push it into the mould until it is full.

Once you have got to this stage it’s just a case of taking off the excess. Use a knife to level the paste at the back of the mould and cut off any excess. Push it down once again to ensure you have pressed the paste in to all the edges of the mould.

Now simply turn your mould upside down and bend to release the sugarpaste and with enough dusted cornflour it will just drop straight out! Dust off any excess cornflour and then leave it to dry for about an hour before decorating, this will allow the paste to firm up.

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Recap:

  • Dust the mould sparingly with cornflour.
  • Knead modelling paste well before pushing it in to the mould.
  • Take off the excess with a knife levelling the paste against the mould.
  • Turn upside down and push out.
  • Leave for 1 hour to firm up before decorating.
Easy mixing capabilities to create hundreds more shades.
Easy mixing capabilities to create hundreds more shades.

 

For decoration.

I used Sugarflair edible glitter paints, however you could use a dry brush and lustres to just give the bow a sparkle quite easily.

If you are using Sugarflair Glitter Paints make sure you shake the pot well before use and seal it well after it’s been used as it’s high alcohol content means the liquid evaporates quickly leading to a dried out paint pot. I used a small palette to mix my colours and opted for the Sugarflair Blue Paint and Sugarflair White Paint enabling me to mix a range of blue shades from light to dark.

Start with one colour and mix a slightly lighter and darker shade for highlights and lowlights. Simply put the darker ‘lowlights’ in areas close to the bows creases and ‘highlights’ on the parts that reflect the light. This will help add an extra shine to your bow creating an even silkier finish.

That’s really all there is to it! I told you it was easy! For any help or advice pop over to our Facebook or G+ page and don’t be shy in asking questions. We are here to help…

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