Dear 37 avid Spoonful of Sugar followers, I apologize profusely for depriving you of my witty, humorous, and delicious baking porn as of late. Unfortunately, work has caused me to be a little delinquent in baking, cooking and blogging recently (my refrigerator currently only contains beer, rum, wine, a few apples and various condiments) . Due to fear of ACGME (the committee that oversees resident rules and work hours) retribution, I can’t elaborate further on the hours I’ve logged at the hospital, but they have left little time for extracurricular activity(or for recovering from a nasty cold). This weekend I’ve finally had a chance to rest and relax and am taking the opportunity to post on birthday cupcakes I made several weeks ago.
The month of October marked the first birthday of one of my good friend and co-worker’s adorable daughter. I had actually volunteered to make cupcakes for her first birthday shortly after her birth. Needless to say, a weekend on call wasn’t going to ruin this year long promise. Her mom had requested chocolate cupcakes with coconut frosting. I used my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe from Flour (featured in my St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes) and filled them with chocolate ganache. I then created my own coconut frosting to top them off. I had originally planned on topping with toasted shaved coconut to add more coconut flavor and texture. However, in favor of aesthetics (pink frosting with fun decorations) I left this part out for the party. In the future I’d probably recommend this addition for the full coconut effect! Below is the coconut frosting recipe, use to top your favorite cupcakes!
(Frosts 12 cupcakes)
2 sticks of butter, room temperature
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup cream of coconut
1 tsp coconut extract
6 oz. shaved coconut, toasted
In a stand mixer with a whip attachment, whip the butter until smooth. Gradually add in the confectioner’s sugar on low speed until fully incorporated with no lumps. With the mixer on medium speed, add in the cream of coconut and coconut extract. Turn speed up to high for 1 minute until frosting is light and fluffy.
Pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Top with toasted coconut as desired.