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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

~Coconut Cupcakes~

~Coconut Cupcake~

On a whim I decided to make coconut cupcakes. I was looking through my many cupcake books last night and saw a gorgeous cupcake in Martha Stewart Cupcakes. I have never made coconut cupcakes and I'm not really a fan of coconut itself, but they were sooo pretty. I made my basic vanilla cupcakes but added 3/4 a cup light coconut milk (that I had left over from a Thai style pasta I made the night before) in place of regular milk. I also had shredded coconut from the German Choc. cupcakes I made a while back (I froze it and it was just as good thawed out). They were so light and fluffy but not very coconutty. So I decided to make a marshmallow filling and flavor that with coconut milk. Still not very coconutty. I wanted a light airy frosting as well to pair with the light cupcake, the "7 minute frosting" on Martha's cupcake looked like perfection. So I tried my hand in's deceiving! I figured oh...7 minutes isn't long. Well that's the minimum for whisking it as it cools. Thank the Heavens for my Kitchen Aid mixer!! It was pretty much perfect with this cupcake. Over all not a coconut flavor in any of it, maybe I'd add coconut extract next time. But it was a delicious cupcake and everyone at my office seemed to enjoy it.

One toasted One not
Toasted Coconut...2nd batch as I burned the first to a crisp.
Watch it as it browns fast...
(300 degrees for 5 min. then shake and brown another 5 min. or until done to your liking)

7 minute frosting that takes a lot longer than 7 minutes to make!

cooking down the sugar and water

Coconut Flakes

Sunday, July 11, 2010

~Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes~

Peanut butter butter cream topped chocolate cupcakes with a Reese's peanut butter cup in the middle (per my niece Cassie's request). She also wanted them "dog" themed with green cupcake liners, she even emailed me to make the order "official". Pretty cute! I made paw prints out of fondant using oval and round mini cookie cutters and dog bone mini cookie cutters and imprinted the bones with a "C" for Cassie. The frosting was amazing, however the peanut butter cup sank to the bottom in the oven and slightly burned...other than that they were good. I am not a fan of peanut butter and chocolate at all (odd I know) so I am going off the kid's opinions. I did try the frosting and it was delicious! Just a basic butter cream recipe I made and I added half a cup smooth peanut butter. I think she was happy with her order :)