Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner I wanted to post up some directions for fun Valentine’s Day Cupcakes that everyone can do. First start off by baking up your favorite batch of cupcakes and frosting…you can find really cute cupcake liners online at the Confectionery House and if you don’t have a favorite cupcake or frosting recipe you can find the most delicious recipes at The Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit. Once your cupcakes have baked and are completely cool and your frosting is prepared you can start. To make these adorable heart cupcakes you need to first buy chocolate transfer sheets, which can be found online at Fancy Flours or American Chocolate Designs.
Place your chocolate transfer sheet on a flat surface that can be transported, like a cookie sheet. Have the shiny part facing down at the table, so that the cocoa butter design is on top.
Depending on what size of chocolate transfer paper you want to cover, melt enough chocolate (any kind is fine) to cover the sheet. You want the chocolate to be about 1/8th” thick. You can either melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water (don’t let the water touch the bowl) or you can melt it in the microwave on 30 second intervals. Once it is melted, pour the chocolate over the transfer sheet and spread with an offset spatula.
Once the chocolate is evenly spread, place the sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate is dull and not shiny anymore. You want the chocolate to be just set. If the chocolate is completely hard then just leave the sheet at room temperature until it softens slightly. Once the chocolate is ready, push the desired cookie cutter into it and push down hard. If the piece don’t come off easily, then once you have punched out all of your shapes place the sheet back into the refrigerator until the chocolate is completely set and then break pieces apart. These pieces can be made ahead of time and left in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. If you want even more intricate instructions on chocolate transfer sheets you can go to Fancy Flours and they have a instruction sheet about them. So once your cupcakes are ready, pipe on your frosting with a large star tip in a swirl design or whatever you prefer and then place the chocolate transfer design on top. If you have anymore questions feel free to leave me a comment and I will get back to you!