Sunshine, happiness, being in love, and getting smothered with hugs and kisses from your kids and husband. Those are a few of the little things in life we can sometimes take for granted, but they're the moments that sustain me. It may sound dorky, but I get such incredible joy and satisfaction from throwing a little Valentine's Day party for our family every February 14th. Complete with balloons, special love notes, and tons of Valentine's inspired food, I think I look forward to it as much as Christmas or my birthday.
Over the years I've made everything from Raspberry Cream Cheese Heart Tarts to Raspberry Shortbread Hearts (yes of course, heart shapes abound) for Valentine's Day, but this year the kids have specifically requested cupcakes. Red is obviously the color the holiday calls for, but not wanting to use food coloring I worked hard on a natural substitute for this recipe. These pink cupcakes are made using the bright crimson juice of defrosted raspberries which render them a gorgeous shade of pink and add a hint of fresh raspberry flavor.
I did a taste test for these cupcakes with Kenya and Chloe and got a big thumbs up from them both. I'm guessing that after just one bite, your crew will fall in love, too!