Toasted coconut cupcakes

Prep 45 min
Total 2 hours 5 min
Makes 24 cupcakes

Light, airy and extra coconutty, these delicious cupcakes will be a hit every time you make them.

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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups
all-purpose flour
1 cup
shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
1 tbsp
1/2 tsp
3/4 cup
unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups
granulated sugar
3
2 tsp
400-mL can

Frosting

1 cup
unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups
1/2 cup
white chocolate chips, melted and cooled
3 tbsp
shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted (optional)

Instructions

  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Line 2 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  • STIR flour with 1 cup coconut, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl until combined.
  • BEAT 3/4 cup butter with granulated sugar in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, until fluffy, 3 min. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture in 2 parts, alternating with coconut milk. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups.
  • BAKE in centre of oven until a cake tester inserted into centre of cupcakes comes out clean, 20 to 25 min. Cool in pans on a rack, 10 min, then remove cupcakes to racks and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • BEAT 1 cup butter in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, until creamy, 1 min. Beat in 1 cup icing sugar and melted white chocolate, 1 min. Reduce speed and beat in 2 cups icing sugar in 2 parts. Beat on medium-high, scraping down side of bowl, until fluffy and smooth, 2 to 3 min. Frost cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with coconut.

A lesson on butter
Soft butter: when butter and sugar are creamed together, air is incorporated evenly in the base of a batter or dough. It creates tenderness and lift in baked goods. Use it in: cakes and soft cookies.

Nutrition

Calories 358
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrates 41 g
Fat 21 g
Fibre 1 g
Sodium 103 mg
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Issue: January 2016

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