Valentine’s Cupcakes

What about some easy baking and decorating to keep the kids busy and give you all a tasty treat for Valentine’s day?

These cupcakes are simple to make and fun to decorate (as long as you like chocolate!).  The recipe is my classic chocolate small cake recipe which you can use with any toppings you like!



100g caster sugar

100g butter

75g self raising flour

25g cocoa powder

2 large eggs

1 tsp baking powder

For the decoration:

100g milk chocolate

50g white chocolate




Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C and fill a 12 cup cake tray with cake cases

Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy

Mix the baking powder, cocoa and flour together

Add one egg to the mixture with a couple of tablespoons of the flour/cocoa and let the kids mix it together, then beat with electric beaters

Repeat, adding the second egg and another couple of tablespoons of flour/cocoa to the mixture (let the kids get mixing again) and finish off with electric beaters

Mix in the remaining flour/cocoa

Fill the cake cases with the cake mixture and bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until the cakes are risen and cooked through




Whilst the cakes are cooling you can start to decorate!!

To make your cakes Valentine themed you’ll need to melt about 50g of white chocolate

Lay a piece of greaseproof paper/baking parchment on the table

Give the kids a teaspoon and let them drizzle the white chocolate onto the parchment in heart shapes.  This doesn’t have to be neat, and you want the shapes quite thick so they won’t break when you peel them off later.  Leave these to set and start on the cakes!


For 12 cakes you’ll need about 100g of chocolate for the topping

Melt the chocolate and let the kids cover the tops of the cakes in melted chocolate, then leave to set

(This will probably be messy and involve some tasting of the chocolate – but that’s all part of the fun of baking with your kids!)

When set, peel off the white chocolate hearts and add to the top of the chocolate cakes, either lying on top or standing upright (you’ll need to do this just before the milk chocolate is completely set).

And you’re done!!  Happy eating!







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