Creamy Dreamy Coconut Cupcakes

May 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

You know when you’ve just finished something amazing, and you get that wonderful feeling that begins in your soul and infiltrates every part of your body? That beaming pride, that feeling of accomplishment that swells your pumping heart, as you gaze at your finished product (or, in this case, consume it) and are astounded that it is INDEED a product of your own two hands? Well, fellow food friend, it has just happened to me with these toothsome treats.

The cake-base of the cupcake is so moist, so delicate, and most divinely complimentary to the viscous, buttery coconut cream that lives within and above it. To top it off? A refreshing dollop of cool, freshly whipped cream. Sprinkle some coconut shavings for the finishing touch, and shaBANG. We’ve got ourselves a prize winner [gobbled up in extreme velocity by those I made them for].

Oh, coconut, how delicious you are.

[Makes about 15 cupcakes.]

Cupcakes:
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 can (about 6 ounces) coconut milk (NOT light! Get the one with as much fat as possible!)

Coconut Cream:
1/2 cup coconut cream (not coconut milk!)
1 cup toasted coconut flakes (bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 5-7 minutes)
1 tablespoon sugar

Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line your cupcake tins with colorful cupcake liners!
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and continue to mix.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, flaked coconut, and baking powder. In small batches, stirring in between, add flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Do the same for the coconut milk.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely (at least 40 minutes).
  5. While cupcakes are cooling, mix coconut cream with toasted coconut. Make sure your cream is at room temperature or cold (just not warm or it’ll slide off your cupcake!).
  6. Slightly core cupcakes (only take out a little of center!) and fill hole with coconut cream, and smooth a 1/2 inch of cream over top of cupcake.
  7. Pipe or spread the whipped cream over coconut cream. Sprinkle with extra toasted coconut flakes. Gobble up!

Adapted from the delisioso Pastry Affair.

Perniciously Palatable Pumpkin Cupcakes

April 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Baking partay among friends on a cool Chicago night. So moist. So velvety. So good. [So good that I ate five in five minutes.]

for ze cupcakes:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

for ze cream cheese frosting:
8 tbs room-temperature unsalted butter
8 ounces room-temperature bar cream cheese
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cupcake pans with cupcakes liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs, and mix until well combined. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Add pumpkin puree and continue mixing!
  4. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes (rotate pans halfway through if you so please).
  5. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely.
  6. While cupcakes are baking, in a medium bowl, [with an electric mixer] beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract; beat until light and fluffy. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. Frost cupcakes once cooled and serve!

May they bring an ambrosial abundance of love to your partay.

[Inspired by and adapted from the legendary Martha.]

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