All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Happy Valentines Day! I hope you are spending it with the ones you love.
I realise that not everyone celebrates or approves of Valentines Day, but I have always liked it, even as a mere bystander (which I have been mostly). A day to celebrate love is a wonderful idea to me.
To celebrate this year, I have once again amalgamated the Valentine theme with my fascination for owls, and made Owl Cupcakes with a Valentine twist. Again turning to Google, I found these cupcakes, which are a twist on these ones that have been made dozens of times by various bloggers.
I put my own spin on them by giving the owls heart-shaped pupils made out of strawberry sour straps. The eyes and ears are, of course, Oreos. To separate the Oreos, I used the tip to twist them apart, and smoothed over the icing following separation. It was a bit of a nightmare cutting the Oreos in half for the ears, and in the end, I had just enough and no more. The beaks are raspberry flavoured M&Ms, which are new to me and so delicious that quite a few went to the chef.
For the base cupcakes, I used the white chocolate mud cupcake recipe from the Australian Womens Weekly Cupcake book, which is online here, and coloured light pink. The frosting is the Primrose Bakery Vanilla Buttercream, dyed pink.
I didn't have enough Oreos in a box to make all 11 cupcakes as owls, so I just decorated the 4 of them with sugar hearts:
Happy Valentines Day!