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Coconut Cupcakes with Pink Vanilla Buttercream August 19, 2012

If coconut is your thing, these are going to be your ideal cupcake. Filled with coconut, topped with a delicate pink icing..a sweet treat in cupcake form.




110g butter, at room temperature

180g caster sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)

125g self raising flour, sifted

120g plain flour, sifted

125ml coconut milk

25g sweetened desiccated coconut


To decorate


1 batch of Vanilla Buttercream Icing, coloured pale pink

Tbsp desiccated coconut




Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cupcases.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until pale and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few minutes after each addition and adding the vanilla and almond extract at the end.

Combine the two flours in a separate bowl. Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the coconut milk and beat again. Repeat these steps until all the flour and milk have been added. Fold in the desiccated coconut with a metal spoon.

Carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, filling them to about two-thirds full. Bake for about 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown.

Remove from the oven and leave in the tins for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once they are completely cool, ice with the pink-tinted vanilla buttercream and sprinkle with desiccated coconut.


Amaretto Cupcakes May 13, 2012

You could also make these using a coconut liqueur, in place of the amaretto




200g/7oz plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

50g/1 3/4 ozĀ  desiccated coconut

1 egg

150g/5oz caster sugar

100ml/3 1/2 fl oz vegetable oil

250ml/9fl oz plain or coconut yoghurt

2 Tbsp Amaretto


To Decorate


75g/2 1/2 oz sweetened, desiccated coconut

175g/6oz icing sugar

2 -3 Tbsp Amaretto




Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl, then stir in the coconut.

Lightly whisk together the egg, sugar, oil, yoghurt and Amaretto.

Gently stir into the flour mixture until just combined.

Spoon the mixture into cakes cases and bake for 25 minutes until golden and risen.

Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the Amaretto until the mixture is the consistency of thin cream.

Spread on top of each cake, immediately sprinkle with coconut and leave to set.



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