Coconut Cream Cup Cakes with Amaretto Buttercream frosting.

 

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quick coconut cake with Amaretto  buttercream icing

It is not often that I have a chance to make something in the kitchen just for the my youngest son. He recently asked me “What does coconut taste like?” I could think of only one thing…. Cake. So I put together what I had in the kitchen and made up a simple white cake made with coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk as the flavoring. Then topped off the cup cakes with my favorite flavoring, Amaretto, in a butter cream icing. I could have made the cake in a traditional two layer style but I really wanted to share the cake so I ended up with 36 white and toasty cupcakes instead. They were a big hit with my husband, my co-workers and my son… he likes the sweet soft coconut not the crunchy topping. I guess you win some and you lose some. Next time we will make it with the regular  shredded coconut as topping instead, even if I love the toasty crunch.

So the cake is really simple I used a store-bought white cake mix and to that I added 1 8oz. can unsweetened coconut milk and 1 6oz. can sweetened condensed milk and 3 eggs  omitting the oil in the directions.

 

 

This recipe is one that I will use again when we get closer to Easter and the bake sales for the church and 4-H Clubs start again in the spring

The recipe:

1 box of white cake mix.

1 can unsweetened coconut milk 8oz.

1 can sweetened condensed milk 6oz.

3 eggs

pour one 1/4 cup of batter into muffin tins lined with paper wrappers

The cooking time is slightly longer then what is listed on the box. I think I needed to add about 8 minutes making the cooking time 30 mins. at 350 degrees.

While the cupcakes cooled I toasted one 12 oz. bag of sweetened shredded coconut. placing the coconut on a cooking sheet in a thin lares under the broiler on low heat. Watching constantly, stir every time the flakes on the edge of the sheet begin to brown. This took stirring 5 or 6 time over the 5 minutes.

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toasting sweetened Coconut

Frosting:

1 cup real butter at room temperature. This is two sticks.

1  2 pound bag of powered sugar, mixed into the soft butter slowly.

2 teaspoons almond extract, or Amaretto liquor.

1 tablespoon milk

After cupcakes have cooled frost and roll in toasted coconut. Adding half of a Maraschino cherry on top if desired.

the recipe makes 36 to 38 cup cakes.

Coconut cupcakes with Almond buttercream icing and toasted coconut topping.

Coconut cupcakes with almond buttercream icing and toasted coconut toping.

So what would you make if you were asked ” What does Coconut taste like?” I have not cooked with it much other than making cakes or cookies. If you have any other ideas send them my way I would love to try other things too!

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7 thoughts on “Coconut Cream Cup Cakes with Amaretto Buttercream frosting.

  1. Linda Keith

    I think you are a natural born smart cook!! Those cupcakes sound absolutely delicious and I’m with you – would prefer the toasted coconut..crunchy and yummy. And pretty too!! Usually my cookin’ either looks good or taste good – rarely both. Congratulations on a great recipe – I’m gonna try it myself…Happy New Year!

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    • Linda my mother was a wonderful cook. at least ten times better then myself. She owned a restaurant for many years and did all to cooking herself…I only try to be a cook as well as she did.

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  2. My wife loves coconut. I forwarded the email to her. Thanks – these look yummy.

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  3. Sandy Miller

    Yummy!!! Looks like a definite winner.

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  4. Looking at the ingredients, I think these cupcakes were a winner. I really love the topping, crunch coconut flavour. Thanks for sharing and wish you a prosperous 2018!!!

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    • Liz you are tooo kind. Sometimes you have just think on the fly and I happen to have coconut and sweetened condensed milk in the house so added the coconut milk was a no brainier…. So nice to be able to share with you again… I missed it

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