Look, deep down I know that Valentine's Day is a completely commercial holiday, designed by gift card-companies to make money. But some things are just too cute to pass up!
I whipped up a batch of Nigella's Coca-Cola Cupcakes last night to commemorate this "holiday". (And really, there is no other way to describe the process; they are so deligtfully easy and cheap, that the only way you can make them is to "whip them up"). This also gave me a chance to break out these fab sprinkles that I bought recently.
I love cupcakes, but I'm really over those overpriced Magnolia Bakery-wannabe cupcakes, covered with piped icing and perfect little sugar roses and hearts. They seem to be available at every bakery in Melbourne, and have been advertised like crazy in every Sunday newspaper colour supplement and women's magazine over the past few weeks. If you happen to be in the mood for a perfect cupcake, then my recommendation is to ignore the imitations and just bake a batch of Magnolia cupcakes from their recipe book.
But let's go back to my decidedly imperfect cupcakes. I think that the slightly wonky look of these cupcakes adds to their charm. That's my excuse, anyway.
They would make a lovely gift. Or better yet, it would be a really cute idea to make and decorate these with your loved one on Valentine's Day, (if your loved one goes in for that sort of thing). Nigella's Coca-Cola cupcakes are particularly suitable for romantic baking with your partner because the icing is very sweet and sticky, and tends to be quite messy. You know what I mean.
If, however, you are single on Valentine's Day, and the whole thing's getting you down, then make the cupcakes anyway and eat them all yourself. Muahaha!