Better Late Than Never...Lippmann, Cupcakes & Other Lovely Stuff

16 February 2012

I know I petty much missed the Happy Valentine's Day Bandwagon but it's better late than never right?!

So how was it? I hope that it was full of love and happiness with the special person in your life. And for those of you that don't have a special person at the moment, I hope you made the most of the opportunity to go to a bar and know, without any awkward questioning or an ounce of doubt, that every guy in there was most definitely single!

I spent mine at home since I have a fiancee who is away in Australia....boooo! He sent me some lovely gifts though including a cute little Koala Bear toy (yep, there's a big kid right here!) and a new nail polish - Deborah Lippmann 'Across The Universe'. I was toying with not mentioning that since I noticed my blog seems to be increasingly looking like a nail polish blog! It isn't though...really...I promise!
  
I drank some beautiful sparkling rose wine, enjoyed half of an M&S Dine In For Two (how sad does that sound?!!) and then finished off my romantic evening with myself by indulging in one of the total fail brown coloured Red Velvet cupcakes I made. 

They actually taste delicious, seriously, seriously good! I guess the English red food coloring just isn't as strong as the American stuff though?!

If you care to see if you have more luck the recipe I used is from the scrumptious (be warned though, you'll probably end up baking something and then eating the whole darn lot!) Bakerella.com!

xxx

 

42 comments:

  1. Awww, such a cute post! Those cupcakes are adorable!

    Also, I'm giving away a Clarisonic Mia on my blog, I'd love it if you could check it out! xx
    daisy--meadow.blogspot.com

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  2. Those cupcakes are the bomb diggity! A little trick I read somewhere, mixing the cocoa powder and food coloring together separate from other ingredients yields better red vivaciousness! Haven't tried it, but couldn't hurt!

    -Dani
    http://danijdo.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the tip, I'll have to try that out next time :) x

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  3. aw you got some lovely things :) those cupcakes look delicious!
    http://vckyv.blogspot.com

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    1. That were, might not look right but they sue taste it! Haha! x

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  4. Awww that koala bear is adorable!

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  5. Even though those cupcakes didn't turn out how you wanted them to, they sure do look yummy!!

    & That Koala bear is seriously cute :)

    xx

    www.laurasallmadeup.blogspot.com

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  6. awww precious....and the cupcakes look fabulous...no sweat!

    grace
    http://herumbrella.com

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  7. My goodness, those cupcakes look amazing! Send one to Canada for me! haha!
    xx


    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo


    http://urbanumbrella.blogspot.com/

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    1. I don't think it'd make it in one piece :( Sorry!

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    1. It was pretty good considering I was alone, haha! I hope you and your man had a lovely Valentine's Day! xxx

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  9. The cupcakes look delicious x

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  10. I love your little cupcake decorations! Also for getting a really red colour, it's best to use as red food colouring paste (just Google that to find some!) to get really RED cakes and it also doesn't mess with the consistency of your mixture. xxx

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    1. I didnt even know you could get food colouring paste, thanks for the tip! :) x

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  11. The cupcakes look fabulous! I've found the best way to ensure your Red Velvets are red is to use the best quality food colouring you can find, it makes a huge difference xx

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    1. Yeh that may help I guess. I just grabbed the only one they had in the supermarket, ooops! x

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  12. Aww the cupcake looks Yum and the Nail Varnish is really nice!! I'm having a MAC Giveaway if you want to check it out :) http://beautyandablogger.blogspot.com/ xx

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    1. Of course I'll come check it out, you know I'm a sucker for anything MAC! Haha! x

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  13. those cupcakes look super yummy. looks like a fantastic time.

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  14. Happy V day! Cupcakes look amazing!
    Check out my Body Shop - Chocomaina giveaway!
    http://allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com/2012/02/new-body-shop-chocomania-collection-and.html

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    1. Thanks hun! I will stop by and check out your giveaway soon. Thanks for letting me know about it!

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  15. Love love love this! Happy Late Valentines Day, love! Love the nailpolish! I thought about buying it for a while but never got around to it.

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    1. Thanks you, hope you had a lovely Valentines day yourself!

      I wanted this polish since that 50% offer I posted about a few weeks ago. My boyfriend must have read it and taken note, very happy he did as I just used it on my toes and it looks ace! You should get it :)

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  16. I made red velvet cupcakes last weekend too! and they turned out to be brown.. with a slight tint of red... quite disapointing! although, so yummy! I'm from England too :) I considered buying M&S Dine in for two, but went for something less sophisticated and ordered Dominos... shame on me haha xx

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    1. No shame on you, I bloody love Dominos! I just can't deal with the guilt when I order and eat a whole large one all by myself. HA!

      Perhaps it is the red food colouring in England screwing up our baking, maybe not as strong I'm guessing!

      x

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  17. How cute are your little pressies! Your cakes look adorable and tasty! I find food gels or pastes are good for dying cakes, stronger colours but don't make it taste like dye!
    xxx

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    1. Yeh, I'll have to try get some paste next time. I did have more colouring but like you mentioned I was worried it would start to affect the taste or consistency! Thank you for the tip :)

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  18. Across The Universe is one of my fave DL polishes, it's so pretty. What cute presents from your fiance! Happy belated Valentine's Day :)

    xo, alison*elle

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  19. great polish and love the cupcakes

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  20. WOW, he is pretty amazing to send you that cute stuffed animal.
    lovely!

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  21. I'm having a crush on that D.L. polish. I just bought the pink one with multi glitter polish. LOVE it. Cutie blog!
    Happy Friday.
    Cheers!

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  22. Beautiful blog, my dear!
    Have a wonderful day <3

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  23. Now I must have a cupcake! Hah I think they look delicious :)
    Glitter and Glaze Blog

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  24. Well done!!! loving the cupcakes!! <3
    Hope u had a great valentine`s lovely x

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  25. those cupcakes look lush!X

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  26. Yummy cupcakes! Made me crave one badly right now -_-;


    -Jackie
    http://fortuneandthebrave.tumblr.com

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  27. Hi Ms Swan,

    Im having a giveaway contest for a hair straightener. If you're interested in entering here is my blog link: http://misscindee.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-day-contest.html

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