Monday, November 3, 2014

Cheery Cocount Cupcakes

Yikes! These cupcakes seem totally unseasonal right now but hopefully you're okay with that. I mean we are kinda between holidays right now so these cupcakes should be acceptable! :) Plus, with the chillier weather starting to settle in who can help but think about those warm, summery days that seemed like only yesterday.

These cupcakes were great. The coconut flavour is faint (I'm remembering that it's probably because we didn't put the coconut extract in). I think the coconut oil is want contributes to the awesome texture of these cupcakes; it's like they're fluffy yet dense. I like fluffy cupcakes but I also really dig the fluffy-yet-dense type cupcake, too.

The icing really brought home the coconut flavour as we used coconut oil there too. It was a delicious thick icing that was nice and sweet. I didn't care too much for those flower sprinkles on top other than for the cheeriness they brought to each cupcake, they were a bit too large. 

Coconut Cupcakes
Adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World - Coconut Lime Cupcakes

1/3 cup coconut oil
¾ cup cane sugar
1 cup coconut milk
¼ unsweetened original almond milk, like Silk
2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp coconut)
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
¼ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake tray with cupcakes liners.

Melt coconut oil in saucepan on low. Once melted, transfer to a mixing bowl and add in the sugar. Mix well then add coconut milk, almond milk, extract(s). Mix it up.

Add flour, baking soda and powder, and salt.  Mix until smooth then add the coconut.

Scoop into cupcake liners and bake for 23-25 mins. Cool completely before icing now that’s an important tip. Our icing ended up dripping not because the cupcakes were warm but because the air. You can't really hep that now can ya?

Coconut Oil Icing
Adapted from Instructables

¼ cup coconut oil, solid
2 cups powdered sugar
4-6 tbsp coconut milk or almond milk
1 tsp vanilla or coconut extract

Beat the coconut oil with electric mixers until broken down. Then add ½ cup of powdered sugar at a time along with a tbsp of milk plus the extract. Mixing after each addition. Ice up your life!

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