Friday, February 12, 2010

Coconut cupcakes with white chocolate icing

Coconut cupcakes with white chocolate icing / Cupcakes de coco com cobertura de chocolate branco

I was preparing some bruschettas for lunch last Saturday when I heard Joao screaming like mad from the living room: “Hurry up! Come over here, quickly!” – it was a TV article about cupcakes in New York City and they showed some of the city bakeries, including Magnolia – so beautiful! My heart was filled with joy just by looking at those pretty places... *sigh*

While I don’t get to know the bakeries personally, I make my own cupcakes – these are from DH mag #17.

Coconut cupcakes with white chocolate icing / Cupcakes de coco com cobertura de chocolate branco

Coconut cupcakes with white chocolate icing
from Donna Hay magazine

¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (184g) unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (162g) caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 ½ cups + 1 ½ tablespoons (225g) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons unsweetened desiccated coconut

Whipped white chocolate icing:
500g white chocolate, chopped
1 cup (240ml) heavy cream*
140g unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups flaked coconut

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; line twelve ½ cup capacity muffin pans with paper cases.
Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well. Sift the flour and baking powder over the butter mixture, add the coconut and combine. Line twelve ½ cup capacity muffin pans with paper cases. Spoon in the prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until cooked with tested with a skewer. Cool completely on wire racks.
To make the whipped chocolate icing, place the chocolate, cream and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely. Once cool, beat with a hand-held electric mixer until thick and fluffy. Ice the cool cupcakes and top them with the flaked coconut.

* as my icing wouldn’t whip, I refrigerated it for 30 minutes then beat it again with the mixer – I recommend using less cream and less butter

Makes 12 – I halved the recipe above and got 7 cupcakes (using 1/3 cup capacity pans)


Susan @ SGCC said...

Those cupcakes look positively dreamy! Coconut is my favorite!

Sarah said...

Mmm. I love white chocolate right now. It pairs so nicely with so many things!

kimberleyblue said...

Ooh, I love those big strips of coconut! As usual, gorgeous photos, and that combo of white chocolate and coconut sounds divine!

Dragana said...

So pretty and delicate! I bet they're tasty too!

Memória said...

That's so cute how both of you are excited about bakeries!! Your cupcakes look amazing. Now, I'll have to look at your bruschette.

Unknown said...

I love those big strips of coconut. Did you buy it already shredded like that? I would like to know how to get it that way please

Karen said...

Those look fantastic!
I live near all those overpriced cupcake bakeries in New York City and I promise you that your cupcakes are ten times better than anything they have to offer.

Abby said...

I'm all about coconut right now. These look fabulous!

Julia @Mélanger said...

So funny your reference above about how you don't get to know the bakeries personally because you bake your own. I'm slowly realising the same thing. I can't remember the last time I bought something from a bakery. Maybe a croissant or something slightly more time consuming. But cakes, cookies, slices, pastry - I don't even think of buying them any longer. I just automatically make them.

These cupcakes are example of how fabulous homemade is. They look amazing. I love the large flecks of coconut on top! :)

Anh said...

I was just thinking about something coconuty! These look wonderful!

Naats said...

These cupcakes are example of how fabulous homemade is. They look amazing. I love the large flecks of coconut on topNaats

Manggy said...

I'd honestly rather have some of your cupcakes than Magnolia's. True story. :)

Marysol said...

Patricia, I particularly love the shards of coconut on your wonderful cupcakes!
They look toasted, are they? I could snack on toasted coconut all day long...and I often do :-)

anadelicias said...

Lovely and... so delicious!! I love coconut...

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Found ya via ur delightfull cookies at tastespotter and liked ur blog very much as much as do all ur stunning pics and delightfull recipes.....

May i ask ya what cam u shot these fantastic pics with and in what mode?
My pics are always rejected and that makes me so so so sad :-((((

Will ya help me a bit?

Que Magnifigue este...bravo!!!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, thank you, sweetie! I love coconut, too! :)

Sarah, white chocolate is especially good with citrus flavors - and with passion fruit!

Kimberley, thank you! And the strips are good to munch on, yum!

Dragana, thank you!

Memória, the hubby knows how much I love baking. ;)
Thank you!

Wizzy, I bought them in London, actually, in M&S.

Karen, thank you for stopping by! And you are far too kind - your comment made my day. ;)

Abby, coconut is wonderful!

Julia, I'll choose homemade over store-bought any day, but am very curious about Magnolia... And NY city! :)
Thank you, sweetie!

Anh, coconut is wonderful, isn't it?
Thank you, darling!

Mark, you are just too sweet!
Thank you, my friend, for putting a huge smile on my face!

Marysol, they are not toasted, but when I saw them I thought the same thing!
Oh, these are pretty good to munch on, believe me. ;)

Ana, thank you!

Vanilla..., thank you for visiting! I'm glad to know you are enjoying the blog!
I have a Nikon D40, 18-55mm lenses, and shoot at Aperture Mode, always, always, always with natural light.

ariana said...

I've just made your cupcakes and they're delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe! The only problem I have with them is that they turned out somewhat dry - I'll have to adjust the baking time for the next batch (and yes, there will be a next batch :)). Or maybe I'll pour some syrup over them - I'm thinking rum and lime, to go with the coconut.
I used a different frosting - white chocolate cream cheese, inspired by a recipe I found at the Wilton website. Great stuff!

Patricia Scarpin said...

M_Grey, that is wonderful, thank you for letting me know how they turned out!
I love the idea of adding syrup - yum!
Thank you!

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