Friday, January 15, 2010

MSC: Coconut Cupcakes


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!
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15 comments:

Heather A said...

Just wondering where you shop in our area for little specialty items you use for baking? Anything from decorations to special ingredients that couldn't be found at a regular grocery store.
Those cupcakes look yummy!

Cupcakes and Sundry said...

Your cupcakes look fantastic! I wish I had taken my cupcakes out a little sooner than I did as they were very firm, live and learn. Thanks for baking with me this month!

marthaandme said...

Oh so pretty! I should have used another frosting other than that darned 7 minute frosting Martha said to use. Oh well. Glad you enjoyed them!

Mindy said...

That looks very yummy! I think I need to get that Cakelove buttercream recipe from you!

Mary Ann said...

Your cupcake looks lovely. The frosting sounds amazing- pastry cream turned frosting = yummy!

Nina said...

oh pretty! I really love the Valentine's day theme!

Cupcake Activist said...

Your cupcake looks so cute, almost too cute to eat. I love coconut!

rachel said...

They look really yummy!!! I love toasted coconut so I bet that was good on top.

Monica said...

Oh that did turn out pretty. Great job!

Kayte said...

I love all the different icings people used on these cupcakes. Such fun to see a variety and hear how they worked. We loved this recipe, best cupcake EVER! Yours look beautifully decorated to me.

Lori said...

Your cupcake is beautiful! I love the way that you decorated it!

Neev said...

very pretty cupcake...i loved them as well

Jennifer said...

Great picture, I love the Valentine's theme. I agree with you on the frosting, I am much more of a fatty, buttercream frosting kind of gal. :)

See you next month!

Sugar Loves Co. said...

i doubled the recipe as well, but didnt get as many as the book claims you should get. but then again, i have been known to overfill the cups. i'm just a glutton like that sometimes. heheheh anyways, yours look so very precious and i hope the bday party was a hit! :)

SUGAR B said...

Beautiful coconut cupcakes!

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