With Valentines day coming up, I decided that I would have a go at hidden heart cupcakes. they take a bit of time, but aren't too hard and I am really pleased with them.
I started by making a standard sponge mix for 24 cupcakes. I took a third of this and added some red food colouring. I then baked these in fairy cake cases. Once cooled I took a small heart cutter and pressed these into the cakes. (I then put the spare bits aside to make cake pops.)
I then set these aside in the fridge to get cold. The idea being that don't over cook when you put them back in the cakes.
I then took some larger cupcake cases and marked on the botton a line to show the direction of the heart. If you don't cut into them the right way then it wont look like a heart.
I then mixed some cocoa powder into my remaining mixture and place a spoonful into the bottom of the cake cases. Next I placed the cold pink sponge hearts into the mixture.
I then placed more mixture around the sides and the top and baked for around 10 minutes.
When they came out of the oven, they looked like this:
I have to say I doubted myself and had to cut one open to check it had worked. I was rather chuffed that it had!
I then made some butter icing and coloured it pink before piping onto the cakes and adding some chocolate hearts.