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Valentines Day

  12/02/2015 at 14:58 pm

The Perfect Valentines Gift

Find the perfect gift for your loved ones this Valentines Day. We have some fabulous products to help you buy gifts for the other half. You can choose from a range of divine Butler's Chocolates, fabulous jewellery, beauty products, gorgeous plants and so much more.


The perfect gifts for all the food lovers would be the Le Creuset Red Heart or Pink Heart Ramekins. We also have a fantastic Red Heart Shaped Casserole Dish to cook up all those hearty dishes.


You can also bake some delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes. Try out this recipe from Rachel's Garden Cafe and it will be LOVE AT FIRST BITE !


Red Velvet Cupcakes


2 ½ cups plain flour

1 ½ cups sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1tsp salt

1tsp cocoa powder

1 ½ cups vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs

2tbsp red colouring

1tsp white vinegar

1tsp vanilla extract

For the cream cheese frosting:

450g cream cheese

226g butter

1tsp vanilla extract

4 cups sifted icing sugar

Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries


Preheat the oven to 180C and line muffin pans with cupcake paper.

In a medium mixing bow, sift the flour, sugar,baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food colouring, vinegar and vanilla with an electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minute, turning the pans once, half way through. Remove fromoven and cool completely before frosting.

For the cream cheese:

In a large bowl beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed beat until combined. Increase the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy.

Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.

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