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Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Toppers

Hello, is it me you're looking for?* No. Awkward. Perhaps you're looking for an early Valentine's Day cupcake then?

Valentine's Day Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Toppers

Valentine's Day Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Toppers

Now, if you've known me for a while, you're probably wondering why all the normality? These are very proper cupcakes! How nice, you may think, River has finally grown up and left her silly shenanigans behind.

 LOLNOPE FOOL!

Sorry, I didn't mean to call you a fool or yell at you with complete disregard for basic grammar. I got caught in the moment and the trash-talk just sort of happened.

Valentine's Day Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Toppers

Shortbread dudes and dudettes! Of course. If I ever run out of silly, please punch me in the face until I snap out of it. Thanks.

Valentine's Day Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Toppers

Oh no. What's going on in the background there? Is somebody feeling grumpy?




































^^Don't mind if I do, buddy. Don't mind if I do.

Not everybody is going to be happy this Valentine's Day. If you're one of this year's Valentine's Day boycotters, you may be better off baking some anti-romance cupcakes than going around kicking happy people in the groin all day.

Eat a cupcake, save a horny person!

These are the VCTOTW chocolate cupcakes and chocolate buttercream. All over the top, I sprinkled some chocolate curls, ribbons, and shavings that I made with a chocolate bar and a potato peeler. This is the cookie recipe that I used, but I replaced half of the sugar with powdered sugar to make a more tender shortbread (thanks for the tip, Mihl!). I ended up with an assortment of about forty mini cookies, including the little dudes, hearts, stars, and circles. If you don't have a mini gingerbread man cookie cutter, you can stick any shape of cookie you like on top of your cupcakes. Exhibit A:

Valentine's Day Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Toppers

I used an Americolor Gourmet Writer food-coloring pen to write the little messages on the shortbread people, but I can't link to the product because the company's website is under construction. Here's a cached version of their home page.

If these are not silly enough for you, check out the trusty old Strawberry Love Bugs of yore! Many thanks to everyone who has ever linked to the original recipe here on my blog. And to those of you who decided to make them and claim them as your own original idea - I am giving you the stinkeye for being such a Lamey McLamerson.

Love Bugs!

That's all folks! Now somebody call 911 because I am off to murder a chocolate cupcake in cold blood - or in cold buttercream!


* Young'uns and time-travelers from the 1800s: "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" is from an '80s ballad by Lionel Richie called "Hello". Video link. You're welcome.

12 comments:

  1. But it is always you I am looking for! ;)
    Adorable creations, as always! I like the cranky ones.

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    1. Are you somewhere feeling lonely, is some kitteh loving you? :D

      The cranky ones are always the most fun to make too!

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  2. so cute! i like the lil grumpy faces the best!

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    1. The grumpy ones always end up being most people's favorites, but I don't think the frowny little guys approve of our approval :)

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  3. Awesome! I love the cranky cookies. Angry cute things always make me happy. Also, good idea to use a potato peeler on a chocolate bar. I'd never thought of that. I'm sorry that some people took your strawberry idea as their own. People who steal suck.

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    1. Angry cute things are the best! The smaller and grumpier the thing is, the more it makes heads explode with the cute :)

      Last year I saw the Love Bugs on the cover of a magazine while I was shopping at a Meijer in Michigan. A huge online publication has also claimed them as their own creation. People are weird!

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  4. Oh, how I've missed your witty writing and amazing recipes! So glad you're back to blogging :)

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    1. Thank you, Liz! I'm going to try to be a more consistent blogger now that we don't have to travel so much :)

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  5. Ha! I love these! Far better than the so called 'normal' cupcakes stores will be stocking :)

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    1. Thaks, Kari! Normality is overrated, isn't it? :)

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  6. Haha the grumpy ones know they're the first to be eaten! It sucks when credit isn't given where credit is due. You're creativity stand alone, they can try to copy but it won't have that River touch.

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    1. That River touch - I like it! :D

      You gotta eat the grumpy ones first to put them out of their misery, right? Right.

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