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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Coconut Cupcakes With Cocoa Buttercream Frosting

If you are a Mounds bar fan, you will love these cupcakes!  I was browsing my favorite blogs and found White Mountain Coconut Cupcakes on Cookie Madness.  They looked fairly simple to make and I love coconut so I thought I would give them a try.   I didn't have cake flour so I improvised with the standard substitution of 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to replace 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. DON'T DO IT!!!  The weird thing is the cupcakes ended up tasting like corn muffins.  I like corn muffins, but not so sure I liked them with the chocolate frosting though....So, I decided to cave in and invest in cake flour.  Glad I did.   These cupcakes were tender and had a faint flavor of coconut. I did improvise on the cupcake and made up my own chocolate buttercream frosting (most of them are too sweet for me) by combining a few different recipes to come up with my favorite chocolate buttercream frosting.

You'll have to excuse the cupcake model-I'm not good at dressing and posing models.

Here is my slightly modified recipe:

  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons)  salted butter at room temperature (add 1/4 teaspoon salt if using unsalted butter.)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup room temperature coconut milk (I used full fat, not reduced fat)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, not toasted.

  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting by Gloria:

  • 1 stick salted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2-3/4 cup regular unsweetened cocoa (not Dutch process)
  • 1/4 cup (approximately 1.5 ounces) semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk or more if needed
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut lightly toasted plus a 1/3 cup of un-toasted coconut**

  • Instructions for Cupcakes:
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
    Line 12 cupcake cups with paper liners.
    Mix the flour, baking powder and salt ( if using unsalted butter) in a bowl and set aside.
    In a medium sized mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for about five minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each egg is incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat well.
    Beat in half the flour on lowest speed. When flour is blended, beat in the coconut milk. Beat until blended, then add the rest of the flour mixture and beat on lowest speed until smooth.  Stir in the 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.
    Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full and bake for about 22 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when touched. Mine were done in about 21 minutes.   Frost as soon as they are room temperature.

    Make the frosting:
    Melt chocolate in a microwave proof measuring cup for about 30 seconds on high. Stir until completely melted. Set-aside.
    Beat room temperature butter with an electric mixer for a few minutes or until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix 2 cups of powdered sugar with cocoa until well combined.  Blend sugar mixture alternately with coconut milk beating well after each addition. Add melted chocolate and beat until smooth.
    Immediately after frosting cupcakes sprinkle toasted shredded coconut on top. Otherwise they won't stick to the frosting after it sets up.  
    Frosting tip learned from a video posted on Cookie Madness:
    cover the whole top of the cupcake with a layer of frosting so you don't see any of the cake.  This helps prevent the cupcake from drying out.  

    **  Toast coconut by spreading it out on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Heat the oven to 350 and bake for about three minutes. Remove from oven and stir. You want less than half of the coconut to be brown.  When cool, I mix in about a 1/3 cup of un-toasted shredded coconut.


    1. I have an order to make cupcakes at home tomorrow.... sadly the coconut we have in Canada is pretty sad so this recipe will have to wait for a bit. Can't wait though!

    2. Yum! Love coconut milk and using it in baking.
      About the lemon marshmallows, they are Campfire brand and I've found them at our local Walmart. The also had key lime marshmallows, but they seems to be out of those now. Just bought another bag of the lemon ones (which are near the baking aisle, when they put a bunch of baking stuff out on a separate aisle for holidays).