It’s exactly two weeks until Valentine’s day – and here’s my suggestion for the Valentine’s Day’s Dessert: Owl Cupcakes with Lime and Persimmon!When I think of Valentine’s Day, I have to think of Gilderoy Lockhart’s Valentine’s Day “surprise” which annoyed probably every single creature living at Hogwarts.
‘Happy Valentine’s Day!’ Lockhart shouted. ‘And may I thank the forty-six people who have so far sent me cards! Yes, I have taken the liberty of arranging this little surprise for you all – and it doesn’t end here!’
Lockhart clapped his hands and through the doors to the Entrance Hall marched a dozen surly-looking dwarfs. Not just any dwarfs, however. Lockhart had them all wearing golden wings and carrying harps.
‘My friendly, card-carying cupids!’ beamed Lockhart.
– Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, p. 176.
Lockhart hired dwarfs to deliver the Valentines – I suggest some perfectly cute little owls instead. With a lovely messangers such as the owl on my cupcakes even Ginny’s embarrassing poem for Harry (“His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad…”) might have been more successful – who knows? 😉Of course, these cupcakes are not just about the fondant owls. I simply love the lime and persimmon combination! The fruity and moist texture makes you long for spring and summer, it’s so refreshing.I hope you like this recipe – don’t hesitate to show me your results either here or on Instagram using the hashtag #bettythebakingprincess.
I am looking forward to it!
All the best,
Valentine’s Day Owl Cupcakes with Lime and Persimmon
yield: about 8 cupcakes
preparation time: 50 min
baking time: 18-20 min
|for the muffins:
||for the decoration:
- Preheat the oven to 160°C. Prepare a muffin tin with 8 paper liners.
- Lightly beat the eggs. Add the sugar, then the warm butter and salt. Mix until light and fluffy.
- Add the yoghurt, then sift the flour and baking powder on top.
- Add lime (juice and zest) and persimmon.
- Divide the mixture evenly between the cake cases. Bake for 18-20 minutes until risen and firm to touch.
- Let the muffins cool down completely. In the meantime, prepare the fondant owl.
- Cut an owl shape using the white (or green) fondant, then another half one in the other colour. “Glue” it on top of the first owl using a bit of jam. Decorate with eyes, eyebrows, sugar hearts as mouths, buttons, feet and more. Be creative!
- Put a bit of jam on the lower side of the owl and put it onto the cupcake. Decorate with fondant heart in on a toothpick and give it to someone you love! ❤
(muffin recipe inspired by a recipe from “Cupcakes” by Marianne Hudson)
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