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Anti-Valentine’s Day Cupcakes of Darkness.

February 13, 2008

Like (I think) I’ve said before, I love Valentine’s Day. But I am aware that there are many people who do not. For you I did this: Anti-Valentine’s Day Cupcakes of Darkness. They also remind me of Ozzy Osbourne cupcakes for some reason. I’ll make more of them on his birthday with little bat toppers. When is his birthday anyway..? I think its in November. Is that sad that I know that?

Anyway on to the cuppin’ cakes… Jay calls these ‘Hot Topic Cupcakes’… haha…

I’m not giving a recipe, because they’re just chocolate cupcakes with colored buttercream, and I’m confident you all can piece that together yourselves. However, I will give you my (not-so) secret of the “striped” marbelized whateveryouwannacall it frosting.

First, make a batch of buttercream. Tint it to the color you wish, keep in mind the buttercream should be tinted the lighter of the two colors you are using. I tinted mine a violet-ish pink. Then, paint stripes on the inside of your pastry bag (after you set it up and the tip is on it). Space it out as you wish, but remember the more stripes and the thicker they are, the more obvious the second color will be. I used five stripes that were fairly thick, of a potent black gel food coloring by Wilton.

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Then fill your bag carefully with your tinted buttercream. Frost the cakes as you usually would, and you’ll see the stripey effect as soon as its piped out.

This is great to do on peppermint frosting: keep it white and make red stripes like a candy cane. Or another idea: keep it white and do red and blue stripes for a 4th of July party. The possibilities, as you can imagine, are endless.

My toppers are pictures of mini-playing cards that are faded to purplish at the bottom, Aces of course- to symbolize being single (*sings* onnnnneee is the loneliest number…), with a black “bleeding” heart in the center. How goth.

Make these and eat them on Valentine’s Day while listening to The Cure in a dark room and you’re all set.

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