Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes & Coconut Cream Frosting

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I have discovered an awesome little company called Simple Mills that makes awesome gluten free/paleo baking mixes. I made the Banana Muffin & Bread Mix a week or two ago and added a real banana and some walnuts and made the most delicious little banana bread muffins!

I also got this Vanilla Cupcake & Cake Mix and made some sweet little cupcakes out of them. The cake mix has such simple ingredients, so I don’t feel a bit guilty for indulging in these (6 SIMPLE INGREDIENTS: Almond Flour, Organic Coconut Sugar, Arrowroot Powder, Organic Coconut Flour, Baking Soda, Sea Salt) I also made some refined sugar and dairy free coconut cream frosting to top them. SO MUCH YUM, people.

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Ingredients for the cupcakes:

– 1 box Simple Mills vanilla cupcake and cake mix
– 3 eggs
– 1/3 cup grapeseed or vegetable oil
– 1/3 cup water
– 1 tbsp natural vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Put cupcake liners in cupcake pan and fill the cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before frosting.

Ingredients for frosting:
– 1 cup full fat coconut milk
– 1 cup agave nectar or honey
– pinch sea salt
– 5 teaspoons arrowroot powder
– 1 tablespoon water
– 1ΒΌ cup coconut oil

I found this coconut cream frosting on Elana’s Pantry. You can find directions on her blog. I also topped the frosting with some unsweetened shredded coconut.

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I was super skeptical about the frosting. I am a buttercream addict! That is literally the only frosting I consider to be real frosting. So nothing to me really lives up to that…but this coconut cream frosting is actually really delicious, sweet and creamy. The cupcakes are moist and fluffy…YUM!

Also, shout out to my MOM for gifting me this cute little cupid inspired cupcake set and cupcake/cake-pop stand! You the best, Ma!

Alrighty, I hope you have a super special V-Day doing whatever it is that you will be doing…whether it is going out with your S.O. or your girls, or your boys, HAVE FUN! Don’t forget that the day is all about love, so go ahead and spread a little kindness!

As always, thanks so much for reading!

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