Let’s Bake! (Chocolate Heart Cupcakes Edition) – A Collab with Anni

It seemed fitting to do a baking post in honour of Valentine’s Day. Plus, I just love baking, and trying new recipes from my Nerdy Nummies book. I also wanted to do a collab with the lovely Anni from Glücksgeist! A fellow Ro and baking fan, as well as another proud owner of the Nerdy Nummies book. So we decided to collab and both bake some chocolate cupcakes!

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need to make 12 of these chocolate cupcakes (The original recipe makes 24 cupcakes, which is why the measurements below will be all over the place):

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp +2 tsp flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp + 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil

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Whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, brown and white sugar), and set aside.

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Mix together the eggs, water and vanilla. Add in the sour cream and oil, then whisk together.

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Make a well in the flour mixture and add the sour cream mixture. Stir until combined, but be careful not to overmix.

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Now add the muffin liners into your prepared tins. I also saw an idea on Pinterest of adding marbles to the tin to get your cupcakes to take on a heart shape. Seemed fitting for a Valentine’s themed creation, so I gave it a shot. I will say it was a little fiddly, but I managed to do it pretty well. I filled in the liners up to 2/3 with the batter. Then I baked it at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

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The heart shape wasn’t as pronounced as I hoped it would be, but it definitely gave them a more unique look compared to the previous cupcakes I’ve made!

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Once they were fully cooled, I made some Royal Icing, and added some pink food colouring.

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I piped the icing on the cupcakes in a heart shape (as best as I could), and then added some pink sprinkles on top. I mixed it up, as I had quite a few sprinkles, and the cupcakes came together.

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They’re not perfect by any means, but they are pretty adorable! A perfect Valentine’s Day sweet treat.

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I will also say, I loved the chocolate recipe I used from Nerdy Nummies. It’s a bit like a sponge texture, it was really light and airy. I definitely plan to make this recipe again at another time!

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Be sure to check out Anni’s post as well and see how she made her chocolate cupcakes!

Out of interest, what’s your favourite type of cupcake?


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  1. Yummy! I got all excited reading the ingredients, until I got to sour cream because I don’t have any 🙁 I have everything but that. Luckily I am going to the store tomorrow :):):) Thanks for sharing this recipe. It sounds easy, and delicious!

    1. The sour cream seemed like an odd ingredient choice to me, but the cupcakes were so delicious, that I guess it wasn’t a random addition at all haha! I hope you do make them! They’re my favourite chocolate recipe 😀

  2. I already saw Anni’s post and I loved the recipe. I really want to bake these as soon as possible. Happy Valentine’s day. xx

    1. Ah yay! They are seriously the best chocolate cupcake recipes ever! Happy Valentine’s to you too 😀

  3. these came out really cute! I love that you made them heart shaped ? light & airy is definitely the perfect cupcake texture! and baking is totally perfect for valentine’s day ??

    1. Thanks Jamie! I love how they look in the end 😀
      I didn’t expect them to come out so light! It was such a pleasant surprise 😀

  4. These look lovely and really pretty too. You did a great job? x

    1. Thank you so much Dannii! 😀

  5. Yummy! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. They really are! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too 😀

  6. Your cupcakes look amazing Angela!!! xx

    1. Thanks Anni! I’ve had a quick look at yours and they look so good!! I’m going to read the whole post soon ??

  7. I love heart themed baked goods! Looks great! Blessings! Xoxo

    1. Me too! Thank you so much ??

  8. Yoghurt/cream/oil cakes are so nice. They’re all less dry than using butter 🙂 they taste so good 🙂

  9. Texture isn’t as important as flavor but it’s a close second. Of course, I’m craving desert now.

    1. This one ticks both the boxes for texture and flavour ?
      You should have all the desserts! I’m not great at resisting sweets ?

  10. These look really good, the icing looks all soft and gooey – just the way I like it 😉

    1. They were so delicious! We ate them within a few days ?

      1. And you didn’t send me one! And here I was thinking we were blogging friends 😉 (Just disregard the fact I didn’t send you a macaroon.. that’s completely different) 😛

  11. Oooooh treats! I like strawberry cake with lemon icing or the other way around (:

    1. Treats are the best! You can’t go wrong with fruity flavours! Lemon and strawberry are an amazing mix ?

  12. Those look cute and yummy!!

    1. Thanks Maha! They were delicious! ?

  13. This recipe is so cute! The cupcakes look amazing !

    1. It makes such amazing chocolate cupcakes! Thank you 😀

  14. oh, so cute! perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    1. Thank you! I thought so too 😀

  15. They look so cute and yummy I love that they are shaped like love hearts ? xx

    1. They were really yummy!! I saw the idea on Pinterest, and thought it looked so cute so I wanted to try it 😀

      1. Yeah they’re adorable ? xx

  16. Thanks for sharing, Angela, and those cupcakes look so delicious!

    1. I’m glad you liked it! They really were yummy 😀

    1. Thanks! 🙂

      1. I am pleased to

  17. Yumm they look lovely

    1. Thank you! 🙂

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