Holiday Baking #26: Coconut Cupcakes and Coconut Frosting

Sunday, December 26, 2010

My daughter's first taste of gourmet cupcakes a few months ago, proved to be a life-changing event for her.  Gone were the days of innocent cake mixes and flat frosting.   Since that first taste, she has become a teenage cupcake aficionado consumed with a passion for finding soft textured cake recipes and frostings that actually taste good and hold their shape.  This recipe for Coconut Cupcakes from and Coconut Buttercream Frosting from Pioneer Woman were the first ones she found that actually matched up to her standards and I'm pretty sure that these could stand up in looks and taste with the fancy cupcakes at the bakery.

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1 can (13-14-ounces) coconut milk, reduced over medium-high heat to 1 cup and cooled to room temperature (see below for more details)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1-1/3 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
¾ cup cream of coconut (I found it in the alcoholic beverage aisle along with other drink garnishments.  It does not contain any alcohol, but is used to make pina coladas.)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Coconut flakes, toasted (optional, for garnishment)


For reduced coconut milk:

Bring coconut milk to boil in large deep saucepan over medium-high heat (coconut milk will boil up high in pan).

Reduce heat to medium/low; boil until reduced to 1 cup, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove from heat; cool completely. Transfer to small bowl. Cover; chill (coconut milk will settle slightly as it cools). DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled. 

(NOTE:  don't try to cut corners by not waiting for the coconut milk to cool completely.  It will affect the texture.)

For cupcakes:

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line eighteen 1/3-cup muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat on medium-high speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Add vanilla extract and remaining egg. Add half of flour mixture; mix on low speed just until blended. Add 1 cup reduced coconut milk; mix just until blended. Add remaining flour mixture; mix on low speed just until blended.

Divide batter among muffin cups.

Bake cupcakes until tops spring back when gently touched and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 15-18 minutes. Transfer cupcakes in pans to rack; cool 10 minutes. Carefully remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on rack.

For frosting:

In a large bowl beat butter until smooth.  Add all other ingredients (powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, cream of coconut, 1 tsp. vanilla extract) and mix until smooth. (Add more cream of coconut as needed for smoother frosting.) 
Ice cupcakes and add some toasted coconut flakes for that final touch. 


Anonymous,  December 27, 2010 at 6:21 AM  

I have been offline for a while ~ enjoying Christmas-time, and I'm so happy to be catching up on the recipes you've posted here. They look amazing... the pie and the cheesecake, etc, etc! Yum. These cupcakes look amazing, and I'm so sad that I'm the only one in my family who likes coconut. So, I'll just have to make these for my girlfriends and I. :-)

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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