Valentine's Cupcakes with Andes Buttercream Frosting

Once upon a time I was a single gal.  But you see, I didn’t really mind being single for my whole entire life up until I met Greg in 2008!  Growing up I always promised myself and God that I wouldn’t date before college, much less date someone just for the heck of it or because it was the cool thing to do. valentines-cupcakes-with-Andes-Chocolate-Frosting

Of course, I did have my youthful crushes but I learned to be pretty incognito about them and I’d say that I did a pretty good job!  And even though I enjoyed singlehood and not having to rely on any guy who would have ended up breaking my heart anyway (not that I’m bitter or anything), I did have my moments when I kind of sort of wished that I could be romanced by someone.

Valentine’s was probably one of THE WORST DAYS in the history of my high school years.  Oh gosh…all the Valentine’s Grams that kids would send to each other’s class and confess their love for them was definitely something I didn’t experience much, but I don’t think I missed out on anything special. Well, I did have a tiny bit of a history with a friend but that’s really not appropriate for this post.  Hi Greg!

*nervous giggle*

Where was I?  Oh yeah.  Valentine’s!

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Back then I didn’t bake as much as I do now, but if I were to have a little boyfriend in high school then I might have made these Valentine’s Cupcakes with Andes Buttercream Frosting!  But—my heart belongs to one guy and one guy only, and that’s my huggable, loveable husband who makes me laugh like a fool and reminds me just how loved I am.  And by the way, that imaginary boyfriend just missed out on two great things.

Me and these cupcakes.

So I hope your Valentine’s day goes perfectly, y’all!  And don’t feel too bad if you’re in high school and your current love isn’t working out…because there is that perfect somebody waiting on the other side of the world (or next door?!) getting ready to meet ya.

Oh, and he’s also waiting for you to make him these deeply rich, minty cupcakes!  Don’t worry though.  At least they’re gluten free?  And it’s kind of like eating oatmeal, but much more fun?

You like how I justify eating way too many of these in one sitting?  I kind of have to, though.  Because I exercised no self control and just ate two of them.

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Valentine’s Cupcakes with Andes Buttercream Frosting {GF}

Makes 8 cupcakes

Ingredients for cupcakes

  • 1 3/4 C oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 C white sugar
  • 1 whole egg+1 egg white
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/4 C almond milk (or regular)
  • 1/4 C melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for frosting

  • 1 stick of room temperature butter (1/2 C)
  • 1 C powder sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 10 Andes chocolate pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F (176 C) degrees.  Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. Grab a large mixing bowl and stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, and set aside.
  3. Get a small bowl and whisk the eggs until they’re loosened up.  Whisk in the maple syrup, milk, vanilla, and coconut oil last so it doesn’t harden up from the cold ingredients.  Whisk vigorously and pour the wet into the dry ingredients. Do not over mix, just enough until everything is well incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into the cupcake liners and fill them about 3/4 of the way.  Bake for approximately 20-22 minutes, depending on your oven.  Stick a skewer or toothpick to see that there is no raw batter.
  5. While the cupcakes are cooking down on a rack, melt the Andes chocolates in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds, stir, and set aside.
  6. Get your stand mixer or hand mixer.  Cream the room temperature butter on high speed.  When it’s nice and smooth you may add in the salt and powder sugar little by little.
  7. Add the melted chocolate which should be somewhat hardening, and beat on high speed.  There will be little bits of chocolate throughout the buttercream and shouldn’t be completely blending together.
  8. To frost the cupcakes you can cut a large hole on the tip of a ziplock bag.  Fill it with the frosting and start squeezing from the center of the cupcakes to form a peak.

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Were you in a relationship back in your high school years?  What’s your Valentine’s story from back then?

What are your favorite things to make for Valentine’s?

-I pretty much make whatever sounds yummy at the time!  But cupcakes are always fun. Smile

Love,

Ellie <33