August 23, 2010

Coconut Cupcakes

My friend recently hosted a gathering and put together quite the dessert spread. She made this recipe for coconut cupcakes, which are fabulous - moist and great flavor, to which I credit the almond extract. This friend and I love to get together and bake or we often bake a recipe and then share with each other. So often I feel like I copy her, but as my piano professor said - something like great teachers and cooks are thieves.

I made half the cupcake recipe and only a fourth of the frosting recipe. I always find that cream cheese frosting recipes make way too much for whatever I'm frosting; does anyone else have that problem? And even though I didn't make all the recommended frosting, I still had some leftover!

Coconut Cupcakes
from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Makes 24 cupcakes

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut

For the frosting:
1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 pounds confectioners' sugar, sifted

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold in 7 ounces of coconut.

Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each liner to the top with batter. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.

Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.


krhjohns said...

I would say we're even, but I have your cookbook, so I'm pretty sure I've stolen more recipes/ideas from you!

Suzanne said...

Too much frosting usually isn't a problem at our house. It makes a great addition to toast...