Coconut raspberry cupcakes
Have you ever had one of those days where when it’s over and you can’t believe you survived it? Well that was my day yesterday. I ate breakfast at 6am which was a loaded toast with a bulletproof coffee and that literally lasted me until 4 pm when I left work with my lunch in hand. (And what makes things even worse is that my day got booked that way purposely by my lovely boss — so it wasn’t like oh I’m so busy I forgot to eat, it was more like sorry no lunch for you today) So I’m going to overload on vitamin C tonight and pray that I don’t get sick with this new strain of the flu going around. Because I don’t have time for that. I have a busy weekend ahead of me!!
Now that I unloaded that we can focus on these powder pink gals. I’m typically a chocolate or vanilla fan when it comes to cupcakes. Nothing fancy but it must be a good cupcake. So I’m not usually draw to the 5 billion flavours in one cupcake sort of cupcakes but these are delicious. And the flavours just work really well together.
I originally got this recipe for coconut cupcakes from Pinterest several years ago and it was a screenshot before you could save screenshots. So I don’t know who it’s by and I have searched and never found the page again. It’s quite alright though because I have made them my own. As good as the recipe was taste-wise, it was lacking texturally. My husband along with anyone who has tried them loves these cupcakes but every time I made them he would say that the actual cupcake is too heavy. The best way I could describe it was that it had a texture like a corn bread or muffin. Not a cupcake. So the last little while I have been testing the recipe and methods to get the right texture and finally did!!
Now they are a lot lighter and just all around better. I decided to add the raspberry one day because I saw some really good jam at the grocery store and brought it home and the last time i made these cupcakes the jam caught my eye and I thought I would give the combo a try. It was a win! But that’s no surprise coconut and raspberry are a dream together. I just needed to see the two together to remember that!! I have brought them to work many times and they are always on request there and at home.
I think these would be great with anything you would love to pair coconut with or nothing. They are wonderful just as plain coconut cupcakes too but I think I will try them out next using my sorrel jam that I recently made and I can only imagine the colour of the frosting. I’m sure it won’t be powder pink anymore! My fingernails were stained for days after making that jam just like when you make anything with beets. My we have so much colour to choose from and use in nature. It just amazes me constantly!!
I also want to try this out with passionfruit when they are back in season. I find that the coconut pairs really well with something a little tart like raspberry and pineapple and I think also with the sorrel jam and passion fruit one I plan to make. So really the possibilities are pretty limitless. Hmm. I just thought of coconut and chocolate….. maybe too decadent but maybe not. Isn’t baking and cooking the best? So many options so little time.
Coconut raspberry cupcakes with a buttercream frosting
(Makes approx. 12-15 cupcakes)
- 1⁄2 cup of shredded coconut
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4cup cake flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1⁄2 tsp salt
- 1 1⁄2 sticks butter softened
- 1 1⁄3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 whole eggs, room temp
- 2 eggs whites, room temp
- 1 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 cup coconut milk
- 1⁄4 cup or just a little more of raspberry jam (homemade or store bought is totally fine just make sure you really like the taste of it and it’s good quality )
Coconut raspberry buttercream frosting ingredients
- 1 1⁄2 stick butter, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1⁄4 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp coconut extract or essence
- 1 heaping tbsp of raspberry jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line you cupcake pan so it ready
Pulse coconut in food processor until fine
Sift together flours, baking powder, salt and ground coconut
With a mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy for at least 3-4 minutes.
Add eggs and egg whites one at a time and make sure each one is well incorporated and then add vanilla
With mixer on low add in flour mixture alternating with coconut milk in three batches mixing well after each addition.
Divide batter into cupcake cups filling about 2⁄3 full
Bake for approx. 18-20 minutes turning roasting pan once halfway
Once done allow to cool in pan for a few minutes, then remove and place on wire rack to cool completely
Once cooled take the 1⁄4 tsp spoon from your measuring spoons and gingerly spoon out a small portion of middle section of your cupcake to fill later with jam. I don’t go deeper than 1⁄4-1⁄2 inch because you don’t need a lot of jam (mind you if I was filling them with Nutella that would be a game changer - would go deep and wide! Lol!!)
Once the hole has been cut fill it with jam and then leave as is or refill with the piece removed. I have done either and both ways are fine. One more tedious than the other so it’s totally up to you. Doesn’t affect the taste very much at all either way you go.
While cupcakes are cooling prepare the frosting by first creaming the butter for a few minutes until soft and fluffy.
Mix in alternating between I cup of the powdered sugar and the coconut milk then add in the coconut extract and finally add the jam
Frost and enjoy!!!!
- dry ingredients must be sifted for best results
- eggs and butter NEED to be room temp
- butter must be creamed first for cake and frosting
- do not just dump all the ingredients for frosting all together and mix ( as the original recipe called for- complete mess and not a nice textured frosting)