Bake cupcakes according to package or recipe directions. Let them cool (preferably overnight).
For Cupcake Design #1:
Cut a small heart shape from a piece of paper. Lay the heart on top of the cupcake. Using a sifter, sift (or sprinkle) powdered sugar over the entire surface of the cupcake. Remove the paper heart. That's it! You're done!!
For Cupcake Design #2:
Make cream cheese icing (recipe below). Fill a cake decorating bag (or gallon-size freezer bag) with icing. Cut 1" off corner of bag. Squeeze icing into a circle on surface of cupcake, build up while swirling (watch the above video to see how this is done). Add sprinkles and a Valentine's-themed pick.
For Cupcake Design #3:
Melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in microwave or stovetop. Pour into a candy decorating bottle (found near candy molds at craft store). Draw fancy heart shapes onto a piece of wax paper (watch the video above). Place hearts in freezer for 5 minutes to harden.
Swirl icing on top of cupcake. Add a chocolate heart. Enjoy!!
PINK CREAM CHEESE ICING
8 ozs cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
pink food coloring
Place cream cheese, butter and vanilla in mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each. Add milk. Mix again. Stir in food coloring until it reaches the desired color.
3 measures of fluxweed = 3 pinches of ground nutmeg
2 bundles of knotgrass = 2 cinnamon sticks
4 leeches = 2 vanilla beans, cut in half and split open down the middle
2 measures of lacewing flies = 2 cups of white chocolate chips
3 measures of boomslang skin = 3 tablespoons of grated (gourmet) chocolate bar
1 measure of ground bicorn horn = 1 tablespoon of sugar
+ 1 scoop of lacewing flies = 1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips (for each cup)
Pour milk and heavy cream into a large pot and heat on medium-high heat. Add in nutmeg. Drop in cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add in chocolate chips and grated chocolate bar. Finally, add in sugar. Stir well. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Turn off heat. Ladle into serving cups and top with 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips. Enjoy while watching Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets.