Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fluffy Coconut Cupcakes

My mom-in-law came to the rescue again...she created these gorgeous and tasty cupcakes for Sunday night dinner and I couldn't help but feature them this week.  Which is a good thing for everyone involved, because it's becoming harder and harder to whip up tasty Tuesday treats each week!  I attribute this to the fact that I'm not entertaining nearly as much as before I was pregnant and it also takes a lot of effort to be original.  So a big thank you to Mama Schue!

These are every bit as delicious as they look.  Super light and fluffy cake with a sweet take on cream cheese frosting.  I've always been a fan of coconut {hello Almond Joy...Samoas.....you name it} so it's no wonder I love these too!  And once again, the recipe comes from the talented Ina Garten {Barefoot Contessa Cookbook}!

  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut
For the frosting:
  • 1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 1/2 pounds confectioners' sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold in 7 ounces of coconut.
Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each liner to the top with batter. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.
Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.

Hope you enjoy!  Bon Appetit!
xo natasha

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  1. OMG! I want those cupcakes! They look incredible!!

  2. your M-I-L forgot to invite me to Sunday night dinner! These look super delish. I will have to add them to my "cupcakes-to-make" list!

  3. Cupcake Perfection....I'am a coconut addict.

  4. Oh, what a sweet mama in law. And what a sweet treat. Yum.

  5. These look so amazing! I must try them out soon.

  6. I gained 5 pounds just reading the ingredient list. It was worth it :)

  7. These looks absolutely incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Yum! I love Coconut cake :)These would be super cute decorated for Easter/

  9. Coconut treats are my biggest weakness, these must be made right now!

  10. These look so delicious! Cupcakes are so hard to say no to!

  11. These looks delicious! And coconut is definitely one of my favorites.

  12. Oh my gosh! I need your mother in law to come to my house!

  13. You have a nice MIL! Those cupcakes look delicious and pretty.

  14. Those are completely perfect since I'm on a coconut kick after girlscout cookies (c: And let's face it, cupcakes are *always* good!!!

  15. YUM! Your MIL sounds like someone I'd want to be friends with :) These cupcakes look divine!


  16. Um oh my gosh. These look amazing, and I normally don't even like coconut! Seriously, that frosting looks perfect!

  17. I have been craving coconut lately and these look amazing! You are also looking so cute at 24 weeks and I cant wait to see what you do with the nursery. Definitely do not feel like an alcoholic, I missed wine everyday and kept waiting for the craving to go away, but it never did!

    PS Be sure to come enter my giveaway!

  18. mmmmm I love coconut, so these look amazing! Hope you're doing well with your pregnancy girl!

  19. Yum! Cupcakes are my fav. I had them instead of a wedding cake.

    We just started putting coconut in Max's morning oatmeal. He loves it.


  20. They look delicious. Looks like you have a pretty good mother-in-law. Lucky girl!!

  21. Yum - love these - big fan of all things Ina! What a wonderful mother in law you have!

  22. These look so good! I love Ina Garten and have always wanted to make these coconut cupcakes, but my hubby isn't a huge fan of coconut so whenever I make cupcakes he always asks me to make something chocolate instead...and I usually oblidge, but I'm totally going to have to try out these coconut cupcakes soon! xoxo

  23. I'm obsessed with Ina, so I know those cupcakes must have been delicious... Oh and you look super adorable with your bump... Glad you are enjoying your pregnancy ... Time flies so fast, enjoy every moment, even the uncomfortable ones :)

  24. please ship those to me in Ohio ASAP (when are you going to learn that these posts are torture for me seeing as I can't cook/bake worth a darn)!


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