Time for another cupcake! Today’s tasty treat was a request from my mother-in-law, who absolutely loves coconut cake. I adjusted an Ina Garten recipe from Food Network slightly for a little more coconut flavor. I decided to pair it with a white chocolate buttercream which, I think, is the best buttercream I’ve ever made. Period. I’ve decided it’s officially my new standard, I love it that much.
I opted to style these cupcakes a little simpler, but added some coconut flakes to the top for fun garnish as well as a little bit of texture. Pretty!
- 1½ cups unsalted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 5 large eggs
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoons coconut extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
WHITE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM
- 12 ounces white chocolate chips
- 1 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Set the mixer to low speed. Alternatingly add the dry ingredients mixture and the milk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Add in the shredded coconut and continue to mix all ingredients have just combined.
Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Divide the batter evenly into liner lined cupcake pans, filling each cup to just under ⅔ of the way. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out barely clean so as not to overbake, then set aside to cool.
In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate and set aside to cool slightly. Beat the butter on medium speed with the mixer until the butter becomes creamy. Add in the melted but cooled white chocolate, and mix to combine. Scrape the sides down if necessary.
Set the mixer speed to low and add the vanilla extract followed by the confectioner’s sugar in four smaller portions. Scrape down the sides of the bowl between additions. Continue to beat the buttercream mixture until light and fluffy.
Yields 24 cupcakes.