Share the Sweetness on Valentine’s Day

January 26th, 2012 by Angel Mangiaguerra

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show your appreciation to everyone in your life – including friends and co-workers! I like to show my appreciation by baking and sharing delicious treats. Decorating, gifting and transporting treats are easy with Wilton’s colorful cupcake boxes, toppers and sprinkles.

Baking a batch of standard sized cupcakes and mini cupcakes is the first step. I used the standard cupcake liners from the You Bake Me Smile Wilton Cupcake Combo Pack. The combo pack also comes with 48 picks which were fun to use as decoration.

For my mini cupcakes, I used Mini Red Rose Petal Baking Cups. To give your cupcakes further decoration, use petal cups to create a theme with ease. Once the cupcakes cooled off, the finishing touches came from mixing Rose Icing Color with White Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing.

I think the best part about the entire process is creating fun and bright colors when mixing icing. This is where you allow your creative genius to soar. There is no need to worry about what shade you choose because they will be too delicious to pass up.

You Bake Me Smile Decorated Cupcakes

I was able to achieve a bright pink rose coloring and ice my standard size cupcakes with the 1M Tip.  I also iced my mini cupcakes with the No. 12 Round Decorating Tip. Using the Micro Hearts Sprinkles, Fill Your Heart Sprinkles, White Sparkling Sugar and White Sugar Pearls, I decorated all of the cupcakes and added picks to them.

Mini Valentine Cupcakes

If you’d rather not use picks on all of your cupcakes, you can create edible picks. For example, using the Double Heart Large Lollipop Mold, 4″ Lollipop Sticks and Candy Melts® of your choice, you can make festive toppers. Even though I do not have much experience with candy molds, the Wilton products help make everything really simple. Once the Candy Melts® set, I took them out of the mold and carefully placed them into the cupcakes. There was no trouble getting these to stay put.

Cupcakes with Edible Heart Picks

I wanted to share the mini cupcakes with a friend so I put 4 mini cupcakes into the box from the combo pack. It was so much easier to have a box that I can travel with in the car and gift to someone without anything ruining in transit.

Lastly, I wanted to keep some of my standard cupcakes on display at my house so I placed the cupcakes in Pleated Heart Eyelet Baking Cups. These dress up cupcakes while on display without much effort. These boxes and cups added that final touch to the presentation making the cupcakes look like a wrapped present.

Need more ideas? Our Valentine’s Day section provides plenty of sweet inspiration!

Angel Mangiaguerra Angel first became very involved in cooking and baking at an early age as she grew up with her Italian heritage. Her mom taught her that everything is better homemade! With that being said, using her creativity, she has built a passion for baking. She loves baking for other people and all occasions to see the smile on someone’s face as they enjoy the treat. Her interests besides cooking and baking include playing sports, and spending time with family and friends. Angel is an Associate Product Manager at Wilton.

4 Replies

  1. Ejifoma Rebecca says:

    I love your ideas _ they are all great! The only problem is that I cannot get most of the instrument you use for decorating as well as baking. What I was taught in my country is different from what I am learning from you; yours is easier, though not all. The fondant I make now does not get broken. All thanks to Wilton.

  2. Hey, great tips for valentines. Definetly will try this thanks.

  3. Erica says:

    Great ideas for valentine_ I would like to know if you ice the cupcake before or after you put it in the baking cup? This will be my first time using baking cups.

  4. Susanne says:

    Hi Erica
    You bake the cupcake (ind the baking cup) and when it is done and cold, you ice the cupcake (ind the baking cup).
    If you have a ice cream spoon, it is easy to fill the baking cup whit the cake (I do not know, what it is called before you bake it -I’m from Denmark 😉 )

    Hope you understand me…

    Kind regards Susanne

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