Victory Over Valentines

, DAh, Valentines day. One of the only days that couples and singles dread alike. One of the most awkward and stress inducing holidays, it can bring you anything from snuggles to tears. So whether you’re spending your day like this:

Or like this:

Yes, that is P.S. I love you. Judger no judging.

Chances are, you’re going to need some backup in the form of sugar. Thanks to Ina Garten, I have the perfect thing. Prepare yourself for Comforting Coconut Cupcakes. (Shut up, I like alliteration).

Comforting Coconut Cupcakes:

3/4 pound unsalted butter

2 cups sugar

5 extra large eggs

1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (Does anyone sell impure vanilla extract? Is there like, an off-brand slutty kind?)

1 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract (See above).

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup buttermilk

14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut. (You really, really want to get it shredded. But thats another story).

Begin your valentines day comfort baking by preheating the oven to 325 degrees. Preheat it now. Don’t forget about it like I did and end up sitting around for 15 minutes rearranging the word tiles on the fridge.

In the bowl of an electric mixer (mine is pink), you will cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Don’t skimp here, or your cupcakes will be dense. It’s true. Martha told me.

Next add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and almond extracts, mixing well.

It's a face! Kind of...

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. If you don’t have a sifter, like me, you can just beat it really aggressively with a fork. I hope.

In three parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter. Mix until just combined. Fold in 7 ounces of coconut.

Line a muffin pan with paper liners, and fill to the top with batter. An ice cream scoop works great for this, provided that there isn’t a hole in the bottom.

Bake for 25-35 minutes. While the cupcakes are baking, you could do several things:

-work on your homework

-take a shower

-or do this dance:

If you skipped that link, I highly recommend you go back.

Once done baking, allow the cupcakes to cool completely before you frost them. If you don’t, the frosting will melt, and you will be sad.

The frosting for these is a basic cream cheese frosting:

1 pound cream cheese

3/4 pound unsalted butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 pure almond extract

1 1/2 pounds confectioners sugar, sifted.

This one is pretty straightforward. Mix together everything but the sugar in an electric mixer. Then add the sugar and mix again. It tastes like cream cheese and heaven had a baby, and that baby was Oprah.

Frost your cupcakes once cool. Don’t stress about them looking perfect, because you’re going to cover them in the remaining shredded coconut.

Eat me! I'll make you feel better!

And there you go! You now have a tiny army to help you face Valentines day.

Special thanks to Lisa Holtgraver for being my constant taste tester, Jack Litchfield for pinch hitting with flour and cameras, and Caitlyn Williams for helping me look like a spaz on the internet. You guys are the best.

February 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Cooking.


  1. Caitlyn replied:

    the video is the most important part. waaaaatch iiiiiit.

  2. Jen replied:

    this blog brings me endless amounts of joy (as does your sweet video)

  3. Jack replied:

    Ah, I just realized Amy doesn’t have any Valentine’s day plans!

  4. Lisa replied:

    Aw Katie you are AWESOME (both as a cook, roomie, and friend) and I love this blog and you! Happy valentines day to one of the most amazing women I know 🙂

  5. liftingasweclimb replied:

    What a terrific post. Visual, informative, detail. This is quality content.

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  7. Denise Williams replied:

    laughed out loud…you guys are hilarious and I can’t wait to try to the recipe so that I can have a cupcake like cream cheese and heaven had a baby…oprah. love it.

  8. Cate Williams replied:

    In case anyone was wondering, these cupcakes were the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten. I highly recommend trying the recipe. I wanted to cover my face in the frosting and take a nap. So tasty!!

  9. Jane Litchfield replied:

    Darling – darling! In addition to the heavenly taste of the coconut – it also provides amazing power to reduce and reverse the affects of dementia and alzheimer’s. -Yes -several Tablespoons a day of pure coconut oil have been known to work miracles on the brain. Unfortunately, the side affects of the coconut oil are such that by the time you reach a ripe old age – you’re too fat to care. (just take a look at Oprah)

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