Perfect for valentines day, these cupcakes with a secret heart inside will surely surprise your loved ones.

The first thing we need to do is back some sponge.

Start by greasing and flowering 8inch tins.

Put 200gms of custard sugar and 200gms of softened unsalted butter into the mixer and you want to beat that for a few minutes until is pale and fluffy.

Now its time to mix the free range eggs inside the mixture. The batter starts to take shape. Now we need to add 150 grams of plain flour and 50gms of self-raising flower. Mix really gently into the mixer or by hand if the mixer does not have a gentle setting.

You do not want to really over mix it because the air will go out of the mixture. Now add half cup of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract

Once that’s all mixed in you need to add everything to the batter. Scrape all that batter from the mixer saddle and then give it a really thorough mix. Then level it with a paddle knife.

Bake them at 160 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes or until they are cooked all the way through.

After its cooked, level off the top nice and smooth, cut out the hearts from the middle of the cake with a metal heart cutter.

Meanwhile, make the cupcake batter.

cupcakes and wine

You need:

120 gms of self-raising flower, add a quarter of a teaspoon of soda bicarbonate, a 125gms of caster sugar and sift that all through.

Wine and lots of it. Many people think that wine does not go well with sweets and cakes. But it really does give a cake the best taste ever! We recommend you use viniecapricci wine for every cake that you bake.

Add 125gms of softened unsalted butter and 2 large free range eggs. Crack those in. Mix everything together with a mixer, starting on a slow speed, then increase the speed until it’s beating quite well for about 1 minute. Add half a cup of milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Scrape all the batter off the mixer bowl.using a spoon, scoop even amounts into each case cupcake thin.

Once you have done that, you need to grab your hearts and push them right into the middle of the cupcake batter.

Now we need to back them at 170 degrees Celsius for about 15-20 minutes until they are cooked on the inside.

You can either make the vanilla buttercream or buy it from the store. Cover the cupcakes with vanilla cream and put 2 small hearts on top of the cream. All it remains now is the big reveal. Little hidden surprise in a delicious vanilla cupcake….one-half for you and one-half for your loved one? Or perhaps all for you if you are unlucky on valentines day.

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