Can’t decide between flowers or a treat for Valentine’s Day? You don’t have to with these sweet rose cupcakes…go ahead and spoil your sweetheart with both!
It’s funny, I never used to think of Valentine’s Day as a divisive holiday, but lately I seem to hear more and more people say that not only do they not celebrate it, the very idea of Valentine’s Day makes them angry. I understand that the commercialism can be a bit much, or that we should focus on being loving and engaged in our relationships for more than just one day, but I’m not angry about it.
I choose to look at it a different way. I actually like the friendly reminder to do something special for my guys in the midst of our everyday chaos. And frankly I’m not mad a handmade card or a bouquet of flowers coming my way. While I may not be looking to acquire a new piece of jewelry or buy the latest gadget for my kids, I am excited to give them a little something sweet and thoughtful…why not?
Especially during this time of such political unrest and divide, I’m grateful for the respite to focus on hearts and flowers and chocolate. Fingers crossed that today my Facebook feed will be teeming with my friends’ kids smiling faces, snapshots of roses on desks and sappy messages to husbands and wives.
Tonight I’ll happily slip into my best heels and head out the door to enjoy an overpriced, candlelit dinner with my husband. Sure, it’s a Tuesday and the weather is cold, but for me it’s one night that someone else is doing the cooking and washing the dishes and I get to simply sit back and enjoy the conversation.
I’ll treat my boys to a piece of their favorite candy slipped inside their lunch boxes and have an extra special baked treat waiting for them when they come home from school. They’ll have their dinner on heart-shaped plates and maybe even start with dessert first. And while they may not appreciate a dozen red roses as much as me, I can guarantee that they will love these apple rose cupcakes made especially for them.
They aren’t overly sweet since they’re topped with apples instead of frosting, so no guilt about the extra candy they’ve undoubtedly had throughout the day. And these pretty little cupcakes are almost as much fun to make as they are to eat. And so much easier than you think! Seriously…take a look at the video to see for yourself.
However you choose to spend today, I hope you take a minute to indulge in something a little special. Whether it’s dinner out or in, strappy heels or fuzzy slippers, chocolate or champagne…make it count. After all, I think we can all use a day to focus on the what brings us together instead of what pulls us apart.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 2 1/2 cups cake flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 6 oz 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar packed
- 3 eggs room temperature
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Apple Roses
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 4 apples unpeeled, cored
- *powdered sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcakes pans with 18 cupcake liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and the brown sugar.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
Mix in one third of the flour mixture, followed by the sour cream, another third of the flour, then the milk and finally the last third of the flour mixture.
Mix in the vanilla until just combined.
Divide the batter between the lined cups (I like to use an ice cream scoop.)
Apple Roses: Combine the brown sugar, butter and lemon juice in a microwave-safe bowl. Set aside.
Cut the apples in half and slice very thinly into half moons. Add the apple to the butter/sugar mixture and stir to coat.
Mircowave for about 2 mins until apple slices are softened and pliable.
Arrange apple slices in a rose shape on top of the cupcake batter.
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until set and a toothpick inserted into the center is clean.
Remove cupcakes from the pan and cool on wire racks. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.