Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

When deciding on a flavor for this week's cupcake I tried to think about what I had in the house or was buying for other dishes. We are making chicken satay tomorrow & I knew there would be leftover coconut milk so a coconut cupcake sounded like a good use for it. Then I started singing "Lime in the Coconut" & this week's cupcake was born.
The coconut cupcake recipe is from Martha Stewart & really has one of the best cupcake consistencies of any I've ever made (I'll try the same recipe again with regular milk & no coconut when I want a white cake). Its very light & fluffy with a wonderful flavor. I used all-purpose flour instead of the called for cake flour & sized it down to 6 cupcakes. The glaze is a simple milk glaze with lime juice & zest for color & flavor. This cupcake is light & tangy & tastes like a vacation somewhere warm.
Coconut Lime Cupcake

Coconut Cupcakes

3/4 c all-purpose flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
6 T unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 c + 1 T sugar
1/8 t vanilla
1/4 c lite coconut milk
2 large egg whites
5 T shredded sweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare 6 muffin tins. Beat butter & sugar until light & fluffy. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low, add flour, baking powder, salt & milk in three parts, alternating dry & wet, starting & ending with the flour. Beat until just combined. Set aside.
In a clean bowl beat the egg whites on high until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter until combined. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites & coconut.
Fill muffin tins half full. Bake for 20 -25 minutes until golden or a tester comes clean. Allow to cool completely.

Makes 6 cupcakes

Lime Glaze

1/2 c powdered sugar
1 t lime (about 1/2 of a lime)
zest from 1/2 lime
shredded coconut (optional)

Mix sugar, lime juice & zest together. Add milk 1 t at a time until desired consistency, usually between 1 & 2. Glaze cupcakes & sprinkle with shredded coconut if you wish. Let sit until glaze has set.

Makes enough glaze for 6 cupcakes


Thistlemoon said...

Those cupcakes look so prefect for the weather we are having!

Deborah said...

I love coconut and lime, and these sound fantastic!

Leslie said...

OHHHHH.yum! Coconut is one of my favorites! Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting about my Kentucky Butter Cake! Stop by anytime!

Anonymous said...

Is it baking soda or baking powder?

kat said...

Anonymous - Its powder not soda. I've fixed the recipe. Thanks for the heads up.

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