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