For those of you that asked after seeing my pantry post, here is where some of that coconut went!
I used this recipe for the pink cupcakes for our friend's 1st birthday party, as well as for our St. Patrick's Day green cake. Delicious. The recipe is from Glory, who is a master of baking. Every recipe I've tried from her is amazing. Of course, it wouldn't be the stayathomeista way if I didn't tweak it a tiny bit, based on what we had on hand.
I didn't have cream cheese, so I just made a buttercream frosting with vanilla extract, almond extract, and the reserved pineapple juice from the can. Oh, and I used chunks of coconut instead of crushed, and I didn't have sour cream so I used some homemade greek yogurt instead. I think it gave them the same tangy flavor that Glory intended:) I topped them with flaked coconut.
Here is her original (and I'm sure perfect) recipe:
(recipe by Glory Albin)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple (drained slightly)
1. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until slightly thickened and a light cream color (about 2 minutes).
3. On low speed, mix in the oil and vanilla until blended.
4. Add in the pineapple and sour cream and mix until fully incorporated.
5. Add the flour mixture and blend until just combined and smooth.
6. Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners and fill about 2/3 full.
7. Bake cupcakes in a pre-heated 350*F oven for about 22 minutes.
8. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
9. Frost with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)
Recipe yields 24-28 cupcakes.
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
(this is just a slight variation on my Cream Cheese Frosting recipe, but I'll add it to this page as well, so it's easy to find)
½ cup (1 stick/8 Tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (always use pure vanilla extract if possible)
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract (you may want to start with just 1 teaspoon of coconut extract, you can always add more, but you can't take it out!)
4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon heavy cream, heavy whipping cream or milk
1 Tablespoon Dark Rum
*Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until well combined, about 30 seconds.
*Add vanilla extract, coconut extract and powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
*Slowly add the heavy cream or rum.
*Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
*Use at once or keep refrigerated. (This frosting will keep well in the refrigerator for several days, but you may need to re-beat it for the best texture.)
For added flavor and texture, top frosted cupcakes with toasted coconut.
(To toast coconut- lay about 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut on a baking sheet and bake at 375*F about 4-5 minutes).
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