A Baptism with Coconut Cupcakes…

July 5, 2010

Coconut Surprise Cupcakes…  

  

You need;
120g plain flour
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
40g unsalted butter – room temperature
120 ml coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
9 tinned pineapple rings chopped into small pieces
desiccated coconut to decorate  

for the icing;
250 icing sugar
80g unsalted butter at room temperature
25 ml coconut milk  

12 hole cupcake tray lined with paper cases  

  

Preheat the oven to 170c  

Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a large mixing bowl and beat slowly until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.  

Mix the coconut milk and vanilla extract in a separate bowl and beat until well combined, add the egg and beat well, scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl.  

Divide the chopped pineapple between the paper cases and spoon the cake mixture over the top until they are about 2/3 full. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and bouncy to your touch, when ready leave them to cool completely on a wire rack.  

For the icing; beat the icing sugar and butter together in a large mixing bowl until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. Turn your speed down and slowly add the coconut milk, once it is well incorporated turn your mixer up to a high speed and beat until light and fluffy (c. 5-10 minutes) ice your cakes when they have cooled, finish with a sprinkle of coconut.  

Next time I make these I will probably add more coconut, I love the taste and although these were great they were not coconuty enough!  

  

Then I jumped on a train with a paper, coffee and my tupperware into the countryside, going past cider orchards, I love train journeys when you’re going somewhere nice!  

  

And off I went to watch my cousin and his wife Baptise their twins Thomas and Poppy at an amazing village Church…  

  

  

…then afterwards to had a huge feast back at their house an amazing Somerset view… please ignore the road! Lots of green and sky… lovely…  

  

in the sunshine filled garden… where a ballpit kept both children and adults entertained…  

  

we got the drinks out first… has to be Pimms on a day like this in an English country garden right?  

  

  

jackets were left on chairs… while we all dashed to fill our plates…  

  

I love a good buffet, especially one with crisps…  

  

… plus a huge ham…  

  

…homemade quiches… and best of all cheese!  

  

and after we had made a dent in all of that we start on desserts… mini profiteroles, strawberry cheesecakes and chocolate covered ice creams…  

  

… strawberries and cream…  

  

And my Coconut Surprise Cupcakes… which to my delight went down very well, I really should have made more!  

  

and if that wasn’t enough a proper iced cake for the twins…  

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