Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy February!

I cannot believe February is already here. I like this month because it is filled with lots of pink! Here is a cute cupcake idea for Valentine's Day from Real Simple......

Original purpose: Adorning Christmas trees and stuffing stockings.

Aha! use: Valentine candy. With some minor melting, they can decorate cupcakes and gift boxes, or cards that will be hand delivered.

How to do it: Remove the cellophane wrapping from the canes and form hearts by placing them hook to hook and tail to tail on a nonstick baking sheet or one lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on the canes' size) or until they stick together when you pinch the ends lightly. Cool thoroughly and remove with a spatula. If you want to make flat hearts with psychedelic stripes, bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Reward: Leftovers that say "love."

(picture and idea from Real Simple and can be found here)