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Friday, March 30, 2012

Food I Ate Fridays - Martha Stewart Coconut Cupcakes

I absolutely adore coconut, so this week I wanted to share a recipe with you for coconut cupcakes that I found on Martha Stewart's wesbite.  I made them back on Valtninte's Day for some of my favorite people, and I added a raspberry on top.  Mine did not turn out quite as pretty as the website showed, so I used their picture instead.  You can find the link here

What I liked most about these cakes was the denseness.  Now don't get me wrong, I also love light and fluffy, but the heaviness of each cupcake made it feel like it was worth the calories :)  They will melt in your mouth and bring a smile to your face.  Isn't that what good eating is all about - smiling... :)

I got lazy and used pre-made frosting, but I will also include the recipe on this post for the frosting Martha recommends.  If you make it, let me know how it goes!



Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed sweet shredded coconut
6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups large-flake unsweetened coconut


Directions

1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.  Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.  Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Cream butter and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.

2. Reduce speed to low.  Mix any remaining wet ingreidents in a bowl if needed.  Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with wet ingredients and ending with dry.  Scrape sides of bowl.  Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.

3. Bake cupcake until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 20 minutes.  Let cool in tins on wire racks.  Cupcake will keep, covered, for up to 3 days, unless otherwise noted.

For a link to the Frosting Recipe, click here


Bake something this weekend. 
Tell me all about it next week!

On a personal note, I start a new job on Monday (yay!), it is a promotion and an exciting opportunity!  However, I anticipate exhaustion and overwhelmedness, as it involves a hefty commute... All that goes to say, I may not be giving you a post every day, until I have adjusted to my new life!

I promise to do as much as I can, as this is therapy for me, and is something I have found myself needing.

Love you all! Have a lovely weekend :)



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