Hello Sweet Readers,
Here is the latest installment for the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club. This month, the cupcake was chosen by Cinema Cupcakes (http://www.cinemacupcakes.blogspot.com/) and it's coconut! I love coconut and I love coconut cupcakes. My usual go to recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa. I have to say, this one is just as good and maybe even a little better. In the photograph above, you can see the ingredients. I doubled them because I made some cupcakes, but I also made some cakes for my son's birthday party coming up tomorrow!
They weren't complicated to make at all. There were a couple little extra steps, though, such as grinding the coconut fine in the food processor. I think this step was very good for the cupcake. It gave it a smoother texture so you don't have to tear through any coconut bits while eating it. And I didn't have to add any artificial coconut flavoring. It's a win-win.
Here are the pretty, perfectly domed cupcakes. I cooked them for just a tad less than the recipe recommends. Now as far as the frosting goes, I went a bit more complicated. The actual recipe in the book calls for seven minute frosting, which is pretty light and airy and not my type of frosting at all. I am one of those sweet, buttery, rich frosting kind of gals. My husband is even more that way. No light frostings over her. The denser and richer, the better.
So I went with the coconut buttercream in the fabulous cookbook "Cakelove". He claims this to be his all time favorite buttercream and I can see why. It's rich, creamy, and decadent! It's base is a pastry cream and it's heaven from there. Granted, it takes many steps and lots of extra time, but it was wayyyy worth it. The only complaint that I got from my husband was that I didn't put on enough frosting!
So here is my final cuppie. I was only frosting one that night (yes, amazingly enough, it was possible!), so I didn't do my usual piping, but I wanted it to look pretty. So I added some toasted coconut and some pretty pink dragees. With Valentines Day coming up, I went with that theme for the photo. I hope you like it...I wish you could taste it. Sooo yummy!