Yep, that day is here.
Love it or dread it, it’s pretty much a national holiday.
For those of you who dread it, this is for you, courtesy of my friend Julie on Facebook. Ha!
Thankfully, I’ve never had reason to dread it. Tony and I have been together for 24 years and who really cares about Valentine’s Day prior to those years? It’s the 24 that count and he’s made all of them special in his own way.
This morning he surprised me with three gorgeous, pink Lillies. I oohed and ahhed over them; I love to get flowers!
Then he said, “Wait!” and he ran down to the basement.
He came up the stairs with a huge, beautiful, white lily plant. He knew I was sad because I had to leave all of my beautiful plants behind when we moved to New Hampshire. They wouldn’t have survived the moving company and it was too cramped in the trailer.
He asked the florist to put it in a pretty basket because he knows I love baskets.
He’s thoughtful like that.
Aren’t I lucky?
Then, he ran off to Brooklyn. Thankful he has a job in today’s world, I’m certainly not complaining.
He’ll be back tomorrow and we’ll celebrate again this weekend. Having him for 23 other Valentine’s Days makes it easier to just appreciate what we have right now. There’s no heart break if it isn’t a perfect day where we spend every moment together, because we can make any day, Valentine’s Day.
Happy Valentine’s Day (or Vodka day) whatever suits you.
A little love from me to YOU.
I made you special little cakes to say Thank You.
I’m thankful for you and thankful that you like my little blog. I’m thankful that you’re willing to consider looking at recipes that are gluten free and dairy free. And very thankful that you don’t mind when I veer off every now and then and turn it into a travel blog, a birding blog, or a “this is what I’m doing today” blog.
I’m almost to 68,000 views. That couldn’t have happened without YOU.
I’m not much of a frosting girl, it’s the cake that interests me. And as you can see, I’m not much of a froster, either.
So please, if you choose to make these, get creative and frost however you like, and don’t watch an hour of YouTube videos trying to learn how to frost a cupcake to look like a rose or the form of cupid or a ridiculous circus animal. Those people who can do that have special powers that normal people aren’t privy to. Just do it any way you like it, or any way it comes out of the tip like I did, or dip it or spread it with a spoon… and don’t fret.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Theresa
Lemon Lime Cakes with Coconut Frosting
*This recipe was adapted from Gluten Free Mama’s White Cake recipe.
1 1/2 Cups Mama’s Gluten Free Almond Flour Blend
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
3/4 teaspoon Xanthan gum
1/2 Cup Earth Balance Soy Free Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Pure Lemon Extract
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
4 Egg Whites
2/3 Cup Buttermilk (Almond milk with 1/4 lemon & 1/4 lime juice)
2 Lemons (zested)
1 Lime (zested)
Dairy Free Butter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pur the almond milk into a measuring cup and cut 1 lemon and lime (after zesting) into quarters. Squeeze a quarter of each into the almond milk and set aside. Fill muffin pan with liners or use cupcake cups and place on baking sheet. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum and whisk together. Set aside
Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy. Running on low speed add 1 egg white at a time. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat on high for 30 seconds. Add the zest from both lemons and the lime. Add the lemon extract and vanilla extract. On low, alternate adding flour and buttermilk until both are mixed into batter.
Fill liners 1/4 inch from top. Bake for 25-29 minutes (I use convection), or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
This recipe looks fabulous! I’m making raspberry bars for my husband; we have lots of berries from last summer 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day. And thank you!
Thank YOU, Linda! You’re so supportive and have been since I started my blog. Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂
It’s not just a national holiday… it’s a worldwide holiday, it would seem! I absolutely adore your cupcakes… they look so, so beautiful! If I may ask, where did you get your cups? Or did you make them yourself?
Hi! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments. I found them at TJ Maxx if you can believe it. Right there as I walked in the door on a Valentine’s Day display. They were calling to me, so of course, I had to have them. 😉
What a great guy you’ve got!!! Those flowers are beautiful. These cupcakes..oh my gosh. GORGEOUS!
He is a great guy! I’m blessed. 🙂
Th e perfect cupcakes for valentine’s, April, but why the disclaimer about the frosting? I love the way your frosted these. Topped with those little hearts, your cupcakes are unique, in a whimsical kinda way. Nicely done.
I hope you have a great Valentine’s Weekend coming up. 😉
Thank you, John! I guess I have frosting phobia or something. 😉
Your husband is very thoughtful and the lily is gorgeous. I love visiting your blog and am very glad to have found you! Your cupcakes are very pretty and I love how you finished them with the little hearts xx
Thanks, Charlie! 🙂
You’ve definitely made this wee cakes with lots of love.. they’re so pretty and happy, I think your husband knew just the right gifts this Valentine’s Day! xx
He’s such a good gift giver! I can never think of what to get him. I’m a lucky girl! 🙂
I am the VODKA girl!! But i bet you guessed that already!! c
see! I knew you knew!! c
I too wondered why you apologized for the frosting, April, because I thought they were lovely! Glad you had such a lovely Valentines Day! Your sweety really knows your heart. 🙂
The color was pretty but the frosting was too heavy. Sometimes you hit the mark and sometimes you don’t, I suppose! Once you blog it it’s there forever. LOL 😉
These look so delicious & your frosting is way more ambitious than mine ever gets – I just slather it on with a butter knife most of the time!
Sometimes frosting has a mind of its own. 😉 Thank you for stopping by!