For Valentine’s Day a CUPCAKE to give to your loved one!

I can not help but recognize the beauty of Pablo Neruda’s sonnet, which I invite you to read and make yours …

Pablo Neruda, “Sonnet XVII”

I do not love you as if I were pink with salt, topaz
or arrow of carnations that propagate the fire:
I love you as you love certain dark things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that does not flourish and bears
inside, hidden, the light of those flowers;
thanks to your love it lives dark in my body
the concentrated aroma that ascended from the earth.

I love you without knowing how, nor when, nor from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
so I love you because I can not love otherwise

that way, this way you are not and are not,
so close that your hand on my chest is mine,

so close that you close your eyes with my sleep.


Here, I believe that Valentine’s Day is everyone’s party, because love manifests itself in a thousand aspects …

it’s love when you worry about your son who has the flu, it’s love when you try to help your friend who has just left with her last boyfriend …. it’s love when you want to be able to do something for a friend in need but the only comfort you can offer is to be close to him ….

Here, for me love is all of this, and my CUPCAKE OF SAN VALENTINO are for all those who occupy a special place in your heart ….



  • 260 g of flour “0”,
  • 10 g of baking,
  • 125 g of granulated sugar,
  • 150 g of whole eggs (about 3 eggs),
  • 110 g of water,
  • 117 g of seed oil,
  • 2 apples,
  • 100 g of sultanas,
  • the juice of a lemon and its grated rind,
  • 20 g of star anise,
  • 30 ml of rum, ù
  • sugars for the final decoration.

For mascarpone frosting:

  • 250 g of mascarpone,
  • 50 g of powdered sugar,
  • 10 g of red liquid coloring.
  • sugary to taste.


Peel the apples, cut them into small pieces and place them in a bowl with water, lemon juice, star anise, raisins and rum. Leave it to rest for about half an hour.

In the meantime, beat the eggs with the sugar, slowly add the sifted flour, the baking and the grated lemon rind. In a separate bowl mix the liquids: 117 g of oil and 110 g of water.

Add the liquids to the egg mixture slowly, stirring and mixing well. Drain the apples and raisins and add to the mixture.

Mix everything and pour into muffin cups filling them for 3/4. Bake in preheated oven at 180 ° C for about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool.

Meanwhile prepare the frosting with mascarpone. Work the mascarpone with the sieved powdered sugar, add the color and mix everything quickly with the help of a whisk. Once the muffins have cooled, fill a pastry bag and decorate the muffins. Ultimate with sugars and …. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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