Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Coconut cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese

As per hubby's request... ta da! Cupcakes! He had been begging for
cupcakes for a while so I finally decided it was a good time to make them. I
found this recipe HERE, and made a few adjustments. Instead of using coconut milk for the batter, I replaced with coconut cream and reduced the sugar to about 1 cup since the cream was already sweet. And for the frosting, I used vanilla instead of coconut. All in all the recipe came out good. Next time I would probably add some coconut extract to the batter
to get some extra coconut flavor.

Thanks for visiting!

Here is the recipe.


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup of canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of sweetened desiccated coconut

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 8 oz of Philly cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
  • 1/2-1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of sweetened desiccated coconut


Cupcake Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and cream till light and fluffy again, scraping down the sides halfway through to ensure even mixing.

2 Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds each to ensure mixing. Be sure to scrape down the sides after each egg to ensure even mixing.

3 Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in one bowl. In another add 1 cup of a well shaken can of coconut milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix, then add 1/2 of the wet ingredients. Continue alternating with the wet and dry mixtures, ending with the dry. Stop mixing once just as the ingredients become incorporated; do not overbeat.

4 Fold in the coconut. Scoop into cupcake papers about one half to three-quarters of the way full. Bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating the pan after the first 15 to ensure even baking. Be sure to check with a toothpick to see if the cupcakes are done. If the toothpick comes out of the cupcake clean, then they're ready. Allow the cupcakes to cool for a minute or two in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting Method

1 Cream the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes. Scraped down the sides and bottom.

2 Slowly add the powdered sugar, taste as you go adding more sugar until you have reached the desired sweetness.

3 Fold in the coconut. Spread onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle on a bit of extra shredded coconut on top and serve.

Makes 20 cupcakes.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Fresh Start soon...

I haven't been able to actually cook or bake anything
due to the fact that my kitchen is currently being
built. You have no idea how exciting that is! I just
wish it would all be done already. It had been a while
since I posted anything because I was getting ready
to get married.. and you ladies know how stressful and
time consuming that is. Now that I'll be back and at it
soon, I'm sure I'll be posting often..if not every day
if I can. It would be awesome if any of you would be
willing to cook with me.. or just watch me..it would
be fun either way. We could work out like.. a recipe of
the week or something like that. Well, I'll be updating you
on how my kitchen is going and we'll go from there. Thanks
for stopping by! Have a happy Monday and a great week!!

- ivette

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

TwD- Banana Cream Pie

This week's recipe was chosen for us by: 

I have to say that I had been waiting for this recipe for 
a VERY long time. I know I could have made it before
but... I don't know why I never did.

The recipe itself is very simple and consists of pretty
much basic ingredients. If you have not tried this...
TODAY is the day! 

I only have one question.. maybe its a dumb question..
but just like they would tell me in high school "the only
dumb question is the one NOT asked"... so I'll believe
it's true and ask.
Why is it called banana cream pie... if the cream doesn't
even taste like banana? Don't get me wrong.. I LOVED 
the pie... but I guess I was hoping for something with 
more banana flavor. Just wondering....

Back to the great pie... I was unable to get a good 
photograph of the delicious pie, simply because I was 
too lazy to make the pie crust that the recipe called for.
I know.. I know.. I could have bought it.. BUT... I also
love the way banana pudding tastes with vanilla wafers
so I decided to make a wafer crust..yay! Well... maybe
I just didn't let the poor pie rest enough... or at all!
As soon as I finished assembling it I started taking pics.
So when I decided that it was time to cut the slice to 
photograph it...my slice just kinda.. disintegrated.. or 
something.. the point is that I just couldn't manage to 
get it all in one piece.. especially with the crumbly crust.
I'm guessing that if I had refrigerated it I would have had
no problem but I was trying to get the last rays of sun
for my photographs. 
I really don't think I even need a good picture for this 
pie though... for those who made it...you know that 
no matter what it looks like, it tastes incredible...
right? right? .. Yeah.. maybe I'm just trying to make 
myself feel better.. 

Like I said... if you haven't made this pie... GO NOW!!!
You can find the recipe HERE

Please visit all the other TWD blogger's blogs for amazing
pics and different pie versions :)


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TwD- Blueberry Crumb Cake

Today's recipe was chosen by: Sihan of Befuddlement

First things first... I thought this cake was really good.
I honestly liked it and would probably make it again
using just a little less nutmeg.. I wasn't too crazy 
about that particular flavor.  Other than that 
small detail.. it was fantastic... with coffee as I always
say :)

While making the cake.. I really don't know what 
exactly I was thinking.. that I made the topping 
first.. refrigerated it.. and proceeded to just 
put all of the cake ingredients in the bowl... 
that's not really what the recipe called for.
I was like OMG.. WHAT DID I DO!!!?!?!?
I just totally missed the part where you have to 
add the eggs slowly and the dry ingredients.. and
the buttermilk. Totally missed it. 
There wasn't much I could do at that point so 
I just decided to blend it all together... the batter
got SUPER thick..I thought "that's what I get for
not reading instructions properly" I just kept at it
for a bit more and prayed that it would all be fine.
Well.. my prayers were definitely heard because 
I baked it for about 55 min and LOVED what 
came out of the oven. The cake is simply delicious!
If you haven't tried it yet.. YOU HAVE TO! 

Thanks Sihan for the delicious recipe!

Please visit all the other TWD blogs out there.. 
I'm sure they baked delicious cakes :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

TWD- French Yogurt Cake with Marmalade Glaze

This Delicious recipe is brought to us by:

I have to say that I wasn't very happy about 
the lemon thing.But I decided I had to try it 
and ended up loving this cake. 

It's so simple to make.. and has SOOO much 
flavor! I really enjoyed eating it :)   The recipe
is also very easy to make and doesn't ask for any 
hard to find ingredients.. well... it does ask for 
lemon marmalade.. which many people couldn't 
find.. so I like many others, ended up using 
orange marmalade.. which goes fantastic with 
the lemon flavor. The only "tweak" on that was 
that I used 1/4c. of plain yogurt to go with it.. that 
I saw in Ree's blog and it looked and probably 
tasted better than plain marmalade. 

Liliana...thank you for choosing this 
recipe.. I loved it! 

My mother told me to let you know that this 
cake is fantastic. And being the coffee addict 
that I am... it goes great with a cup of coffee 
in the morning :)

My "new" brother in law also liked it a lot.. 
and ate about half of the little cake... jk.. 
maybe a little less.. but I'm glad he enjoyed it . 

Thanks Bere (sis) for helping me with the pics! 

Please check out all of the TWD blogs

         And here are some pics to show you some of the steps..enjoy! 


Thanks for visiting!!