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Valentine’s Day cupcakes

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A sweet treat to share

Surprise your mom, dad, favourite teacher or a special friend with one of these delicious and chocolatey cupcakes on Valentine’s Day! Share a little love and impress them with your baking skills.

You’ll need:

  • 180 g butter or margarine, softened
  • 200 ml (¾ cup) sugar
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence
  • 310 ml (1 ¼ cups) cake flour
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) baking powder
  • 2 ml (¼ tsp) salt
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) cocoa powder
  • 50 g chopped nuts (optional)
  • 200 ml (¾ cup) Spur Salad & French Fry Dressing

For the topping:

  • 100 g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) fresh cream
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) butter or margarine


  1. Line a cupcake tray with 8 cupcake wrappers.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg is added, until light and creamy. Add the vanilla essence.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder together.
  4. Add the dry ingredients, alternating with Spur Salad & French Fry Dressing, to produce a creamed mixture. Mix well.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and ask an adult to help you place the pan into the oven.
  6. Let it bake at 180°C for 45 minutes or until baked through and a skewer comes out clean. Ask an adult to help you remove the pan from the oven and leave it to cool slightly in the pan.
  7. Ask an adult to help you remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. For the topping, ask an adult to help you melt the chocolate slightly. Add cream and butter and melt further over a low heat until completely melted. Cool for 30 minutes before spooning over cake.

Cooking Tip:

Grate 50 g (½ slab) mint crisp chocolate over icing for a delicious mint flavour.