Hello Cupcake, Happy Friday!
The summer is flying by. And the fact that I've been absent from blogging the past three weeks confirms it! But what better why to make a comeback then with a little teensy treat for a sweltering hot weekend...and a little shout out for one of my dearest lifelong friends, baker-extraordinaire and Madison, Wisconsinite, Katie Payne. Ok, so Katie and I only go back to junior high, but for as long as I can remember, her trademark was baking birthday cakes - vanilla with confetti icing - for her closest friends. She's since turned that love of baking into some serious cupcake skills. Just take a peek at these gorgeous little lovelies made with uber-fresh ingredients that she whipped up for a friend's wedding (yes, she still does birthdays too!).
It's been so insanely hot this week, the abundance of summer fruit and salads I've been eating (that's about all I can stomach), leave enough room for a sweet treat. Skip the popsicles and ice cream and check out KP's chocolate guinness with vanilla buttercream, vanilla with southern caramel and coconut-lime with coconut buttercream....topped off with edible violets from Harmony Valley Farm. Recipe for her coconut-lime cupcakes below!
And btw...could you die over her friend's stunning wedding photos?!
KP's Coconut-Lime Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream
Serves :: 24 cupcakes
Adapted from Anna's Swedish Butter Cake,
from The Perfect Cake, by Susan G. Purdy
2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup lightly salted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
zest of 2-3 limes
1/2+ cup shredded sweetened coconut
Coconut Buttercream Frosting (may want to double the recipe for extra just in case)
1 stick of unsweetened butter
3-4 cups of confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
2-3 Tablespoons milk
1/2 cup (or more depending on how much you love coconut!) shredded sweetened coconut
1. Preheat oven to 350. Place paper cupcake liners in pan(s).
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and well blended.
4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
5. Alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk, beating after each addition, beginning and ending with the flour.
6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir in the vanilla extract, lime zest, and coconut.
7. Pour into prepared pans, level the top, then pour batter into cupcake tins. Fill cupcakes about half-way or a little more.
8. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes or until the tops are golden and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
9. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out of pans and cool completely before frosting
Coconut Buttercream Frosting
1. Cream butter. Add in 1-2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and blend.
2. Add vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon milk and blend.
3. Add in remaining sugar and milk until you reach your desired amount of frosting. You might want to add more sugar if you would like more frosting; however, it can get very sweet if you go beyond 4 cups. Beat the frosting until it is fluffy.
4. Stir in shredded coconut.
5. Spread on top of cupcakes.
6. Garnish with lime zest (optional)
Images via :: Carly McCray Photography
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