It’s that time of year again, lovebirds are chirping in the air, little kids are lovingly filling Valentines for their classmates, teen girls are crying because their crush likes someone else...okay maybe not all that, but it is Valentine season! With just one month left you are starting to wonder what you with get your significant other!? Look no further! What better thing to surprise your valentine with then these sweet, romantic cupcakes! While you're at it, sprinkle some history right on top!


The origin of Valentine’s day we all know comes from Saint Valentine, but do any of us really know how this holiday became such a big deal or even who this mysterious Saint Valentine is? It is actually some question historians all over wonder because the origin of Saint Valentine is unclear.  


There are three different Saint Valentines’, who are all recognized by the Catholic church. Each of them has many legends surrounding them, but the most widely recognized is based on a priest who lived in third century Rome.


Claudius II was the emperor of Rome at the time and he felt that single men make better soldiers than married men, so he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine saw an issue with this and continued to perform marriages for young couples in secret. When Claudius II discovered this, he had Valentine put to death. Some believe that we celebrate Valentine’s Day to commemorate his death, which took place in February, sometime around 270 A.D.


North Americans started exchanging hand-made greeting cards in the 1700s. In the mid-1800s mass-produced valentines started being produced. Today Valentine’s Day is the second largest holiday for cards, right behind Christmas. It is estimated that over 1 billion cards are sent each year, and 85% are sent by women.


Good baking always involves love, so show your love for someone this Valentine’s Day and bake them up some romantic valentines cupcakes. What is your favorite thing to make for Valentine’s Day?

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Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcake

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour.
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temp.
  • 1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. pure vaniila extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temp.
  • Optional, food coloring

Frosting

  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 sticks butter, unsalted at room temp.
  • Optional, food coloring

Directions

For the cupcake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cupcake tin with liners.
  2. Whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Combine milk, vinegar and vanilla in a small bowl.
  3. Beat the butter, oil and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 5 to 7 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time; beat until thick, 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium low; beat in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk mixture. Beat just until smooth, then finish mixing with a rubber spatula.
  4. Fill the liners 2/3 way up with batter.
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 16-18 minutes.

For the frosting

  1. Beat the butter and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium- high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Reduce speed to low and beat in the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, increasing the speed to medium-high.
  3. Repeat with the remaining 4 cups, beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and milk.
  4. Fill plastic piping bag with white frosting with the tip of your choice. I chose this tip Wilton 402-2004 No. 2D Large Drop Flower Piping Tip. Begin piping on each cupcake! You can add whatever other decorations you'd like, I put some Dove chocolate hearts, like these Dove Valentines Heart Promises, Dark Chocolate, 8.87-ounce Pack on a few of my cupcakes! Enjoy!