Warm the heart of your Valentine with Cinnamon Heart Cupcakes. A fluffy vanilla cupcake swirled with spicy sweet cinnamon heart candy gel and topped with Italian buttercream kissed with the same sticky sweetness. Beautiful and perfect for sharing on Valentine’s Day.
While vanilla cupcakes with buttercream are lovely enough, here they get a hit of sweet cinnamon spiciness and colour from cinnamon heart candy. When thinking of what to make for Valentine’s Day I just couldn’t get the cute heart shaped candies out of my head. I knew I wanted to make them into a gel, but would they actually break down enough to do it? I really didn’t know for sure, so I bought two pounds of cinnamon hearts and set to work!
The gel was a hit with the first attempt and I was pleasantly surprised at how well they actually dissolved once ground up a little. My second go with the gel yielded waaaay too much for what was actually needed for the recipe. So round three was an adjustment of amounts. Good thing I bought the store out of cinnamon hearts. With the success of this particular candy I am excited to think about the possibilities with other little candy gems. The future looks sweet indeed!
Making Italian buttercream got you a little nervous? You don’t need to be a master baker to pull it off; you just need to know the process and what to look for. Mostly the later because it will look like a lumpy separated mess at some point and you will think you have failed miserably. When in reality that’s not the case, the butter just hasn’t been fully incorporated and further beating at high speed will generally correct it. It may also be that the buttercream is a little too cold and the butter bits have firmed up too much and it’s not smooth or it’s a little too warm and the butter actually starts to melt a little, creating a separated appearance. Luckily a slight cool down or warming up and a good beating is all that is needed to keep your buttercream on the right track to a silky smooth, feather light wonder.
Knowing what to look for and how to manage it is the key. Let me tell you, it’s worth every little bit of effort. Not only is it silky smooth but it’s not too sweet or sugary like American buttercream, you know the one with 4 cups of powdered sugar! You’ll notice the difference immediately and your heart will be won. Enjoy!