v-day is right around the corner…

I know a lot of people hate Sundays because they are the first sign of Monday, but I really do love Sundays. Today, I slept in (9:30 woohoo!) and drove to my parent’s house around noon. I went to A.C. Moore and spent way more money on way more things than I originally intended. I baked, went to Spinning, and prepped my lunches for the week. Sundays are so productive!

The most appealing product of my Sunday was definitely my Valentine’s Day Themed Mini Cupcakes.

One of my unplanned purchases from A.C. Moore was a mini muffin pan. I see myself getting so much use out of this thing. The only problem with mini cupcakes is that I eat way too many of them since the fact that two mini cupcakes = 1 regular cupcake does not register in my brain.

My first experiment with my muffin tin was these beautiful little Valentine’s Day cupcakes. They’re vanilla cake and vanilla frosting, but when I make them closer to February 14th, I’m going to use chocolate cake and raspberry frosting.

I adapted Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s vanilla cupcake recipe and baked the cupcakes at 30 degrees less than the recipe stated and for half the time. They came out perfectly!

Next time I use my muffin tin, however, I’ll make sure to fill them less. I filled them to 3/4 full like with normal cupcakes, but these are cuter when they’re flatter on top, so 1/2 full does the trick perfectly.

Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients:

2/3 C of Softened Earth Balance

3 to 4 C of Confectioner’s Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp Almond Milk

In an electric mixer, beat softened earth balance until it appears whipped. Add sugar slowly, mixing in each cup as you go, starting with 3 cups. Add almond milk and beat on high speed. Add vanilla extract, and once mixed in taste frosting. If it’s too “buttery”, add another cup of sugar. If it appears to dry, splash an additional teaspoon of almond milk in. Continue to beat on high speed to achieve whipped and creamy consistency.

I added pink food coloring, but feel free to add whatever coloring you’d like. You can also use different extracts. Next time I make these, I will omit the vanilla and add raspberry extract instead.

These mini cupcakes were a huge hit with all of my roommates and family! They’re a cute little treat to celebrate Valentine’s 🙂

Have a great Monday!

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