Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!! (Nutella Brownies and Red Velvet Cupcake Recipes)

I couldn't have had a better surprise this morning than to wake up to a snowstorm and closed schools! I was really happy to have the kids at home, I made an army of tiny Red Velvet Cupcakes, found an Origami Heart pattern on the net then invited a few friends over for sweets and crafts!


It was my first time making Red Velvet anything and I thought Valentine's Day was the ideal day to try these cupcakes. I was pleasantly surprised by their texture, they were soft and fluffy with just a hint of cocoa and the color, wow, very impressive. The cream cheese icing, well, it's just over the top sweet and creamy but I wouldn't have it any other way!



And with all this talk about Nutella lately, combined with a serious craving for brownies, well it was just a matter of time before I gave in and made Nutella Brownies. Armed with a recipe by one of my faves, Ricardo, of course, I knew I couldn't fail! The brownies were just delightful, the hazelnut taste of the Nutella really came through and the texture, oh boy, just dreamy! Perfect for a Valentine's Day weekend!


I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day!!!

For the Red Velvet Cupcake recipe please visit Brown Eyed Baker. I made the recipe pretty much as is except for using gel food coloring (about 1 tbsp) instead of liquid and baking the cupcakes in mini muffin pans for about 12 minutes.

For the Nutella Brownies recipe please visit Ricardo's website.
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18 comments:

bellini valli said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day!!!!

Lucie said...

Yum--could I have both? I love the size of the red velvet cupcakes, very cute!

Amanda said...

They both look really wonderful, ove the little hearts and of course I love Nutella! :)

JehanP said...

I absolutely love Nutella brownies, your desserts are very beautiful.

RecipeGirl said...

So beautiful- both of them! Going to check out that Nutella Brownies recipe!

Fiona said...

I love your photography and the brownies are so cute. Thanks for sharing!

A Thought For Food said...

Both of these sound perfect! Great post!

Sophia said...

I love Valentine's Day desserts, and yours looks so, so delicious! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Valentine's Day Recipe Contest! You could win a GreenPan Stainless Steel Todd's Perfect Gourmet Cook Set!

Wanna Be A Country Cleaver said...

Nutella and Red Velvet cupcakes - my heart - it just melted!! I just stumbled into your site and it's wonderful! I can't wait to read more :)
All the best ~Megan @ Wanna Be A Country Cleaver

grace said...

couple of classics here, lyb! i love the dainty powdered sugar heart on the brownies. :)

STRAWBERRY BLONDE said...

This blog is wonderful. Beautiful pictures and yummy recipes!I will follow you...

The Lucky Wife said...

One word... YUM!

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Love your blog...

WizzyTheStick said...

Love love those crackly topped brownies. Just Perfect

Passiflora said...

cute cupcakes!

Now Serving said...

They look outrageously good! Please do check out my Crazy for Cakes Eventhttp://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/2011/02/announcing-second-guest-event.html

Dining Tables said...

Wow! They are very cute and lovely. I want to byte it. Very tempting!

Tina @ Babycakes Blog said...

Those cupcakes are so cute, you do such a good job with presentation. I need to figure that out still. Well, maybe I need a better camera, the cell phone camera and point and shoot camera are just not cutting it. The nutella brownies look really good too.

Shrey Patel said...

So many great ideas! Everything looks so appetizing!Can’t wait to try it!
Beautiful!
Thank You.

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