Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hey you Cupcake! Convo Hearts & Cinnamon Buttercream Recipe

Starting to get the warm & cozy feeling of Valentine's around here so I wanted to start to share recipes & ideas to inspire & help you!

One of my favorite things to do is have conversation with the old time Valentine Candy favorites the Convo Hearts.  Here is a little convo & a cinnamon buttercream recipe to make with your favorite chocolate cupcake!




To Make this recipe!   

1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (more if you would like)
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening ( if you want to sub the shortening add ¼ stick of butter)
Cream butter and shortening or just the butter very well
Add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract & a pinch of salt (I use Kosher)
Mix together

Adding the Sugar:
Total of 4 cups or 1 pound
Some recipes call for you to sift the sugar, I don’t find that necessary. What I do is~ pour the sugar into a mixing bowl 1st to loosen it up. 

Add the sugar to the butter 1 cup at a time on Medium Speed

After you are done it should be crumbly a bit and big chucks of sugar and butter~

Next the cream~

Add 2-3 tablespoons to start.  Again this is where buttercream becomes personal to me with the texture of it.  Mix again on medium until you get the desire of flavor and texture you want.  Only add 1 tablespoon additional at time to reach it. 

{TIP: if you add to much cream, just add more powder sugar.  But again a little at a time}
I used Penzey's Spices Ceylon Cinnamon because it is less strong, its hint of citrusy flavor and lack of any bite.  I thought it would work best with a buttercream.  But for sure any cinnamon would work nicely.  



Peace, Love & Convo Candy Hearts, 


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