February the 14th means something different to everyone. Some people love it, many people hate it. Whatever your stance on Valentine’s Day is, I believe that it is an excellent time to bring out your best thoughtful food.
If you’re alone this Valentine’s Day, make yourself something delicious. If you’re cooking for two, make them something you know they’ll like.
My Valentine’s Dinner story is a bit of a bust – undercooked burgers that my Valentine had to put back on the barbecue. However, luckily, I have one redeeming quality. I am able to take the contents of the cupboard and make something pretty damn sweet. I’ll tell you a secret, that’s because I keep a well stocked baking pantry.
Now you get to see one of the many reasons why I love cupcakes. I was cooking dessert for two, and if you downsize a cake recipe, you can have a reasonable number of cupcakes. I took a large white chocolate mud cake recipe, intended for use in wedding cakes with cream frosting, and downsized it into small cupcakes with jam hearts.
Downsizing recipes are easy, but you have to remember that you’re doing it for all of the ingredients. I recommend writing down the recipe with the reduced quantities of each ingredient before hand, to stop yourself from reducing 4 eggs to 1 egg, but not reducing 4 cups of sugar to 1 cup of sugar. This can be an easy mistake to make if you are focused on a new recipe.
The key to the success of this is that you can really choose any faithful and reliable recipe that you both love, and pipe a heart on top. Or pipe whatever you want to show how you feel. Bake some brownies, and make a heart on top with white chocolate. Whatever takes your fancy. Suddenly you have an easy way to say what your undercooked burger couldn’t. It’s the thought that counts.
Feel free to comment with what you made on the 14th!