Saturday, July 2, 2011

Strawberry Vanilla Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

One of the many benefits of having a 3-year-old daughter is that there is always a reason to make pink cupcakes. =) I was browsing blogs Thursday afternoon, my daughter just happened to glance at the computer when I was on this site, and we were making cupcakes by the next morning. They sounded perfect as-is, but I couldn't resist making a coconut cream cheese frosting instead. They turned out to be delicious, and we can't stop eating them! Delicious.

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
(Followed exactly from this recipe)

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh chopped strawberries
4 tablespoons milk

Using my stand mixer, I beat the butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add eggs to the creamed sugar and butter one-at-a-time, and mix until combined. Add vanilla. Increase the speed to high, and add the strawberries mixing thoroughly to break down (this took 2-3 minutes for me). Turn down the speed, and add the flour mixture 1 cup at a time, and mix until well-combined.

Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full, and bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let cool completely, and then frost.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
1 block of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
1-2 cups of powdered sugar (I used 1 because I don't like it super-sweet)
1 tsp coconut extract
1 1/2 cups sweetened and shredded coconut flakes

Beat the cream cheese and butter in a sand mixer until well-combined. Add the sugar and coconut extract, and beat until smooth. If the frosting is too thick, you can add milk 1 tablespoon at a time to thin. Using one cup of powdered sugar made mine the perfect consistency. Stir in the coconut by hand, and use to frost your favorite fruity cupcake.


Lisa said...

Any excuse to make cupcakes is a-ok with me. Those look so good and I'm sure your daughter was over the moon with them. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cupcakes up.

Alicia said...

Thank you, Lisa. I'll head over there right now!