I found myself with some free time this afternoon, and instead of riding my bike like I meant to, I decided I wanted to bake. I pulled out Small Batch Baking and flipped through the recipes that I had marked to try. I settled on "Just Plain Good Cupcakes" because I had all the ingredients and because there was a decorating idea in the April 2006 issue of Real Simple magazine that I wanted to try.
Carefully cut the lid off the cupcake and spread a spoonful of jam onto the cupcake. Use a small cookie cutter to stamp a shape out of the lid. My hearts didn't cut as cleanly as I pictured they would. (Yes, those are hearts. Use your imagination a little, wouldya?) Sprinkle the lids with powdered sugar and carefully place them back onto the cupcakes.
Now I have four darling cupcakes. It feels like Valentine's Day! Or better yet, Day Before Julia and Jay's Wedding Day!