A Little Bit Of Love

January 10, 2018


How to adorn cupcakes with stenciled powdered sugar hearts

Hello friends. Today, I'd like to share a little bit of love with you, some really sweet Valentine cupcakes. Yesterday I was certain that I would not be posting this week at all, but this morning when I woke up and the crowds were gone and the house was quiet ~ too quiet ~ I felt the need to be busy. I needed to do things to keep me from thinking too much and I needed something to fill up the time I would normally be visiting my mom.

So once again, it was crafting to the rescue. 

I figured since it was almost Valentine's Day I would whip up some cupcakes with the heart covered liners I picked up last week at Michael's for less than two bucks. I also knew that everyone around here could use a little bit of sweetness today.

Valentine Cupcake Liners

The cupcake recipe itself is not mine. That's probably why it's so delicious. There are no eggs, which is perfect for my vegans, but you'd never know it. It's the best chocolate cake, period, that I have tasted in a really long time. I think I've made it four or five times since Christmas and it disappears within minutes of leaving the oven.

Of course, I couldn't just leave those cupcakes unadorned. I mean what's Valentine's Day without a few hearts? 

Now we all know I am a lazy cook and crafter, so there wasn't going to be any fondant or glaze or even homemade icing. At least not today. But powdered sugar? I could handle that. 

Valentine's Day Cupcake Stencil

I didn't have a heart stencil on hand, so I made one out of an index card. I just cut out my heart, placed it over my cupcake and sprinkled the powdered sugar on with a flour sifter. I frankly couldn't believe I owned one, but there it was in the cabinet. 



It made the process super simple and my cupcakes super stunning. 

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

It also added a tiny smile to the day.

And boy, we all really needed it. 

The Best Valentine Cupcakes

Speaking of, I would like to thank everyone who reached out after my last post. I cannot tell you how much the comments and emails meant. I read every single one and am still responding. Your heartfelt words really touched me and have helped me through this very difficult time. 💕



Now for a few more smiles ~ it's time for Ten on the 10th! Make sure you check out all the other fabulous Valentine ideas. These ladies are talented, you don't want to miss a post. 

Here are a few more Valentine ideas.
Valentine Love Banner
Whip up a beautiful banner for Valentines Day or a wedding with puzzle pieces.

Note Card Love Banner
Use pretty note cards to make a Valentine's Day banner or garland.
 

74 comments:

  1. Love your cupcake decorating! This would be such a solution for classroom parties where the icing is such a mess and the kids eat too much sugar. Pinning for sure.

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    1. As a former teacher of the little ones, I totally agree! It's so easy they could even make their own stencils. Thanks for the visit and the pin!

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  2. Those cupcakes look delicious! I'm not a baker, but you have inspired me. The stencil idea is genius. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. The cupcakes are good, Tammy and I'm no baker! I say give the recipe a try...and the stencil. So easy...

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  3. These are festive and delicious too! How nice that they are smothered in frosting. Now I love me some frosting but often times we just put a little bit of powdered sugar on chocolate and we are happy. So glad you shared this for Ten on the 10th. ♥

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    1. Frosting is my favorite, Stacey. I can get myself into a ton of trouble whether it’s homemade or, in my case, from the can. This DIY is prettier and safer for me! 😊 Thank you for having me along today…

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  4. These are really cute Kim. I like the idea of no frosting and still adding some sweetness to a cupcake. These would be so cute on a brownie too. Hmmmm I think I might have to make some cupcakes! Glad you are doing a little better each day with losing your precious mom. Keeping good thoughts for you as you grieve.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris. Hmmm...brownies, now that's a great idea. They are flat and would probably work even better. Thank you for your sweet thoughts, too.I am very blessed to be surrounded by so many kind friends. ❤️

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  5. (((((((Kim))))))) Your cupcakes look delicious and using a note card as a stencil is sheer genius. Thank you for sharing these with us all.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa my sweet, sweet friend. Your comments always make me smile. And genius, huh? I'll take it!! 😉

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  6. Very nice. Your cupcakes look so fun on your rack. I have done a ton of baking but never tried to stencil with powdered sugar. Very clever. I hear you about the time to fill up. When my grandma was in the nursing home my folks would stop nearly every evening and spend an hour or so with her. When she was gone that hour of time was one of the most noticeable reminders. It was such an ingrained part of their daily schedule to head to the nursing home.

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    1. That’s been the toughest time to fill, Lorri. My husband and I would visit after work and on the weekends. It was a ritual and now we need to build another, I suppose. In the meantime, there’s cupcakes…

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  7. I loved your Heart Cupcakes . . .
    A sweet thought from your heart.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynne. I am focusing on love...

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  8. Kim, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. May your happy memories bring peace and comfort to your broken heart. After the loss of my son, keeping busy was what I needed and I completely understand your need to get crafty. You did an awesome job with these cupcakes. Many hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much, Denise. I know you know this pain all too well, I send prayers your way and yes, keeping busy helps. My house has never been so clean...

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  9. I'm so sorry about your mom. Blessings to you and your family. These cupcakes are adorable. The stencil idea is a fabulous one. My prayers will be with you in the coming days.

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie. I really appreciate the kind words…and the cupcakes were super easy to make. I’m glad you like them!

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  10. Those cupcakes look super yummy and you know I'll definitely be sharing them with the resident baker in the house. I think your pretty stencil adds such a lovely touch!

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    1. Oh, I’d love to see what your baker will come up with, Mary!!

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  11. Kim,
    These are absolutely so nifty and pretty! I love a cupcake without the gooey frosting, and especially with the grands toddling around. Goodness knows that frosting goes everywhere!

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    1. That frosting is a gooey mess sometimes, Jemma, I agree. I used wax paper under the sugar so clean up easy, too! Good luck with those tiny hands. 😊

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  12. Sometimes chocolate feeds the soul better than anything, and I think your sweet cupcakes did just that!

    Hugs, Carol

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    1. They really did, Carol! From making to eating...just what the doctor ordered. 😉

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  13. so like you to smile and put your heart out there. and no pun intended. it's true!
    they sound and look delicious. and of course... i love their simplicity. :)

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    1. Thank you, Tammy. You just made me smile...

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  14. I would love one of those right now!! YUM

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    1. I would offer you one if there were any left, Patti, but like I said, they disappear pretty quickly around here. I guess that’s a good sign!

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  15. Kim, I'm glad you are feeling a little better. One day at a time and chocolate really feeds the soul. They look really pretty too..Take care my good friend..xxoJudy

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    1. Chocolate really does help, Judy. Isn’t that amazing? I actually went to the grocery store yesterday to buy hot chocolate and chocolate chips to eat while I curl up with my mom’s favorite old movies. My waistline might expand, but at least I’ll be comforted a bit. ♡ And thank you…

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  16. Dearest Kim-
    I am so sorry for your loss. I completely understand the power of a project to ease grief.
    Your cupcakes are wonderful. I am not surprised. You are so talented.

    I am pinning this.

    Laura-

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    1. Laura, thank you so much for your very kind words. I feel blessed to be able to join you ladies for our monthly "Ten" hop...this project definitely helped. And so did the cupcakes. ♡

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  17. Oh they really look nice and tasty! I wouldn't have thought of making my own stencil, but it worked great, and I see you're using that nice little cupcake server thing. Perfect for them.

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    1. Necessity is the mother of invention...as my own mother would've said. So I made a stencil. And yes! That cupcake server thing is proving to be one of my favorite thrift store finds. Who knew?

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    1. Thank you, Deanna. And you're right...very simple and very sweet!

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  19. Kim, I am going to try making these cupcakes today or tomorrow. I need to make something for my brother-in-law's birthday dinner, and none of us need the extra sugar that's in frosting! I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I will pray that you find solace in your beautiful memories of her.

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    1. Jane, thank you for the sweet comments about my mom and I highly recommend the cupcakes. Super easy and very tasty…even without the frosting. 😊

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  20. I know it does help to keep busy to keep your mind off things. I've been thinking about you and holding you close in my heart. I'm sure your cupcakes were as yummy as they look. Peace and blessings to you. xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Melanie. ❤️And those silly cupcakes really did help everyone in the house just a little bit.

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  21. Such an easy thing, yet so pretty! Thinking of you....

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    1. Thank you, AnnMarie. It was so simple to do. 😊

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  22. I love this! Cupcakes are always a mood booster and I'm glad they put a smile on your face. Thinking of you and sending big hugs. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Lisa! And I got to use my thrifted cupcake holder. That little mystery item has turned out to be one of my favorite finds!

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  23. Kim, I'm a sucker for cupcakes, especially chocolate. I'm all about the garnish and making them pretty and making a heart stencil was brilliant. I hope that making them and the project and being a part of Ten on the 10th helped your week go a bit easier than the previous one. Loved your other Valentine's projects too.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol...and yes, busy hands are comforted hands, especially when they are busy making chocolate cupcakes.

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  24. Hello Kim,
    Sending extra hugs. xx oo xx oo xx oo

    I like the idea of the cupcakes. My boys would like something simple like that as a decoration.

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    1. Thank you, Carla! Extra hugs are welcome. And...those cupcakes are so easy to make, you boys would do a great job!

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  25. Great idea to make your own stencil. I never would've thought of it, in fact, I would've just made a mess of it and sprinkled it all over.

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    1. I’m usually the make a mess type, but this one turned out ok! School supplies and baking. Who knew?

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  26. Those cupcakes look very delicious ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank Jan! Coming from you I take it as a high compliment.

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  27. They are beautiful and it does help to keep busy..I've thought of you so often since I read the post about your mom the other day. You probably have no clue how many of us have you in our hearts :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Deb. I'm plodding through the days and I have to say, I have been overwhelmed by the kind comments and people who have reached out. I am so grateful and blessed. And don't believe the news, there is so much good in the world, so many wonderful people. Like yourself.

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  28. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.

    Your brownies are so cute and make me want to bake today. But, we have a big event next week and I still want to shed 1 or 2 more pounds rather than gaining a few from eating a tray of brownies!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol. And I totally get it. My busy hands are keeping my head distracted, but my waistline is expanding.

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  29. I am sorry for the loss of your mother, Kim.
    I love your cupcakes. Kisses, my friend.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mia. Cupcakes do help a bit...

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  30. Hi Kim - love, love the stenciled cupcakes. Easy, but super cute. Jane

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  31. How cute! I think you need your own craft show on TV.
    Brenda

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    1. I wish!! Although, I hate myself on camera. I’d love to write a book though!

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  32. I love the added heart stencil!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  33. I'm glad you did something to put a smile on your face, sweet friend. Sometimes we just need the little things to help us through the big things. xo

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  34. Hi, Kim
    The cupcakes are so sweet and great idea in the heart stencil. It’s lovely.
    I have been thinking about you and wanted to see how you are. I’m praying for you.

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    1. Vanessa, thank you so much for checking in and the prayers. You are so sweet and it really does mean a lot to me. ❤️

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  35. Hi Kim, I love the way you decorated the cup cakes with the powdered sugar and the stencil you made. Even I could do that one. You save money too without having to buy a stencil. I love this idea and will use this the next time I make cupcakes.
    Plus this was a great way to put a smile on everyones faces and I bet the cupcakes tastes great.
    Hope you are staying warm. Enjoy the weekend.
    Julie

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    1. The cupcakes were so good, Julie. That recipe is a winner and yes, the stencil was so easy and I look like a baking champ. Have as super Saturday!

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  36. This is a beautiful recipe. The black and white are so trendy. I just read about your mom in these comments and I am very sorry. Warmest Maria

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    1. Thank you, Maria. I appreciate all of your kind words.

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  37. I'm a huge fan of baking, especially when its cold outside. Your powdered sugar hearts are too cute! And so simple to make! Who needs glaze???? Take care, my friend.

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    1. Thanks Audra! I am always taking the easy way out...crafting, decorating, baking. Especially baking!

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