Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Coconut cupcakes

Okay, apparently we are all cupcake addicts. I'm glad I'm not alone. Although actually being alone with a tray of cupcakes is not a bad thing, in my opinion.

Today's cupcake is simple, tender and delicious. And it tastes like coconut, and you know if I can add coconut to anything I will (witness the coconut rice pudding and the coconut frosting on sis's wedding cake).

coconut cupcake

Coconut cupcakes (makes 21, recipe from Martha Stewart)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs plus 2 large egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

**Mix the dry ingredients together (including the shredded coconut) with a fork and set aside.

**Cream the butter for three minutes, then slowly add the sugar and continue beating until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time.

**Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in three parts, alternating with the coconut milk and the vanilla.

**Pour batter into prepared muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.

As much as I love Martha Stewart recipes, sometimes they are a bit quirky. This one makes 21 cupcakes, for example. Why? I want a cupcake recipe to make either 12 or 24, which seems logical. But they taste good, so I tried to put aside my OCD.

Martha calls for seven minute frosting with these, but I've never cared for it. It's just a bit marshmallowy for my taste, and while I love marshmallows, I do not want them on my cupcakes. Instead, I used the Magnolia Bakery creamy vanilla frosting that I posted about here, but I added toasted coconut instead of orange zest, along with a teeny tiny bit of coconut flavoring. Yum.

Need more proof of my cupcake addiction? Get more here, here, here and here.

26 comments:

  1. Those look so yummy. And I agree... 21 cupcakes is rather random.

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  2. You're making addicts of all of us :) Darling you, these look divine!

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  3. I'm becoming an addict thanks to these recipes!

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  4. THANK YOU for saying that about Martha's recipes. Totally. Quirky. Makes me nuts.

    Thank you for the cupcakes, lovely R.

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  5. These cupcakes look so good! I need to get my cupcake fix soon!

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  6. these look like perfection. i'm an in the closet fan of coconut since i'll always choose chocolate first, but these might shift that mentality.

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  7. You know me and coconut! I'm all over it! yummmm...

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  8. I heart coconut. You are a baking maven and it is awesome. My problem with baking is that if I partake, I end up eating ALL. OF. IT. Need to figure out how to bake just one or two cupcakes...

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  9. Seriously, addiction is an understatement. You make these look amazing.

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  10. I think I love you for posting this.

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  11. mm. know what i love best? that lil swirl of frosting on the top.

    freakin AWESOME!

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  12. Mmm, they look nice Rachel, but I'm afraid I'm not following any more of your baking recipes. Firstly, I made that coconut rice pudding (enough for about 20 people) and ate most of it myself. Then I made two batches of those Linzer biscuits. I gave some away, but again, I ate most of them myself. Then, last week I made an amazing banana bread (not from your blog) and apart from 2 slices, I ate the whole thing myself in less than 24 hours. So, I think I need to quit my baking career before I ever really got started...

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  13. Go full speed ahead with this cupcake addiction of yours-I love checking back and seeing a new recipe each time! These sound delicious-and look so pretty! And thank you for posting the link to that coconut rice pudding recipe-I've been looking for one this morning to have with fresh mango :)

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  14. they look amazing! i am quite addicted to cupcakes too these days :)

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  15. I just so happen to have some coconut.
    Lucky me.
    pve

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  16. Perhaps my decision to go on a spending fast and cut out some sugar at the same time was a little severe?! I'm feeling weak when I look at this. Yum yun!

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  17. Oh yummy! These look great! :)
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  18. How do I wipe up this drool on my keyboard?

    Rachel, your recipes sing to my stomach. I LOVE coconut, especially when it looks this tasty!

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  19. I have no idea how you make them look so beautiful! Mine are never photo worthy. I really didn't need to buy that cupcake book with your blog around:)

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  20. Those look great! Can't wait to try them myself!!

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  21. I made those the other day too!

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  22. thank you! making these next week. or maybe tonight.

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  23. I just remembered how you and Lauren would always bring coconut macaroons to class in high school and munch on them. Proof that you really are a coco-nut. Hehe! I need a cupcake!!!

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  24. I just saw your before and after on design sponge and am new to your blog! Man, it is so great!

    I am completely in love with your yellow chalkboard..... WANT IT......

    oh and I too have never met a cupcake I didn't like! xo

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  25. could you send me some of your cupcakes, here, in france ???? !!!! Miam, miam...

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  26. gosh.i'm embacing thic cupcake.yum

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