Coconut Lime Cupcakes

In addition to the brownie pops I made for the surprise party we threw, I also made some cupcakes. Hubby’s mom calls me the cupcake queen and always asks me to make some for special occasions. Last year for her birthday I made Pina Colada cupcakes which she loved. She really enjoys coconut cake. This year I wanted to do something a bit different. I love the flavor combo of coconut and lime, so I decided to go with it. I have made Coconut Margarita cupcakes before, but I wanted to have kid-friendly cupcakes, and I am not one to remake a recipe (my To-Bake list is just too long to justify that!), so I set out to find a lime and coconut cake recipe. I came across this one in my Google Reader just a couple days after deciding to go with coconut and lime. I knew it was a sign.

I wanted the cupcakes to be fresh, so I packed up my KAM and all my baking supplies and brought them to the party location with me. I baked them up that morning and was so glad I did. I’m definitely keeping my baking supplies packed up like this in case I need to bake at someone else’s house while our kitchen is being renovated. I meant to grab a picture of my KAM buckled into the back seat like a small child, but I forgot, and I don’t think Hubby would want to carry it back out to the car just for a picture…

These little cupcakes got rave reviews. A ton of people at the party asked me for the recipe and they disappeared very quickly. I left the pineapple out of the recipe and doubled the amount of lime zest in the frosting. I also used more coconut extract and less vanilla extract to really enhance the coconut flavor in the cake. I liked this coconut cake recipe much more than the one from the Pina Colada cupcakes. I used foil mini-cupcake liners so I didn’t need to use a cupcake pan. Other than that, I followed the directions exactly. I got about 60 mini cupcakes from the recipe and had barely enough frosting. The cupcakes baked for about 18 minutes.

One note about coconut cream. Be sure you use coconut cream not coconut milk. They have very different consistencies. Look in the aisle where the cocktail mixes are since coconut cream is used in Pina Coladas. I found a squeeze bottle of coconut cream that had a recipe for Pina Coladas that I’m definitely going to have to try…

Coconut Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese frosting – makes ~60 mini cupcakes – found on Cook Like a Champion – originally from Ladies’ Home Journal
1 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for pans
3 cups cake flour, plus additional for pans
1 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cream of coconut
1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract – I used 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract – I used 1 tsp coconut extract
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large whole eggs
3 large egg whites

Preheat oven to 325° and line the bottom of 2 buttered 9×2-inch round cake pans with parchment (I used mini cupcake liners).

Butter paper and dust pans with flour, knocking out excess flour.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Whisk together cream of coconut, milk, and extracts in a bowl.

Beat together butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add whole eggs and egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until combined well.

On low speed, beat in flour mixture and cream of coconut mixture alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until just combined (do not overbeat).

Pour batter evenly into the prepared cake pans (about 2-3/4 cups per pan) and smooth tops.

Bake cake layers in middle of oven until golden and a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes (my mini cupcakes baked for about 18 minutes).

Transfer pans to racks and let cool for 5 minutes.

Run a small knife around edges of pans and invert layers onto racks. Peel off paper, then invert layers right side up and cool (I let my cupcakes cool on a rack).

Lime Cream Cheese Frosting
12 ounces cream cheese, not whipped
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lime zest – I used 2 Tbsp or the zest of 3 limes
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup chopped, drained, canned pineapple chunks – I omitted
5 1/2 ounces unsweetened or sweetened flaked coconut

Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Beat in butter and lime zest until smooth.

Slowly beat in confectioners’ sugar on low speed until smooth for frosting.

I skipped the next few steps and just piped the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. I only sprinkled coconut on some of the cupcakes since not everyone likes coconut flakes. Here are the directions for making a layer cake:

Transfer 1 cup of frosting to a bowl and fold in pineapple for filling.

Place 1 cake layer on a serving platter and spread top evenly with filling.

Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.

Top with second layer, then spread top and sides with frosting.

Chill cake until frosting is slightly firm.

Coat top and sides of cake evenly with coconut flakes.

I’m entering this in Joelen’s Tasty Tools event for May. She’s featuring stand and hand mixers this month!

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12 Responses to “Homemade “Instant” Pancake Mix and Blueberry Pancakes”

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    Sara — April 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    These pancakes look perfect! I don’t make pancakes that often, but this mix would be an easy throw together to keep in the freezer. Yum!

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    Amy Kingman — April 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Great idea to freeze the mix. I have been making our pancake batter from scratch for a while now, and it’s nearly impossible to go back to the boxed stuff! They just taste flavorless and cardboard-y. I had been reluctant to make mix ahead of time because I didn’t want it to go bad. Thanks for the idea!

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    Lauren — April 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    What a great idea to have a homemade pancake mix on hand!

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    Nancy — April 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    A good substitute for buttermilk – since most of us don’t keep it on hand, but do have milk in the fridge:

    1 TBS white vinegar with enough milk added to make 1 cup. Allowed to sit for at least ten minutes, this mixture will clot up and mimic buttermilk sufficiently for most recipes.

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    Memória — April 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Those pancakes look amazing!! Oh my goodness.

    i think it is a great idea about freezing milk, too. I buy whole milk for baking only so I need to do that.

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    SimplySweeter — April 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Wow. Those look so good I might have to whip some up……NOW.

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    Jen — April 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    You can also use lemon juice instead of vinegar in the substitute for buttermilk provided by Nancy.

    One thing to note about this recipe though. Not only is the buttermilk needed for the chemical reaction, but it also provides a great flavor to the pancakes that I don’t think you get from using the substitute. Also, buttermilk will keep for a very long time in the fridge since it’s acidic.

    AB mentioned in his cookbook that there are only four thinks he will not make without buttermilk: cornbread, biscuits, waffles, and pancakes. I tend to agree with him.

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    Kelly — April 3, 2010 at 1:24 am

    What a great idea to make your own pancake mix and then when you want quick pancakes, you can have a healthy mix 🙂

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    Kerstin — April 3, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Mmm, these look way better than a mix! Great tip to store the mix in the freezer too!

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    Sugar Bananas — April 6, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Yum! I love blueberry ‘anything’. Alton Brown recipes are always winners. If you’re looking for an even healthier pancake recipe, check out my ‘fluffy whole wheat pancakes’ on my blog. I mix batches of the dry ingredients and keep them in the freezer. Thanks for posting – I’m off to buy some blueberries! Oh, and I’m a new follower 🙂

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    Memória — April 9, 2010 at 8:20 am

    These pancakes look amazing!! Bookmarked!

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    Ashley — July 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Hey Jen I am eating these pancakes at this very moment. They are so fluffy and filling! May I borrow this recipe for my blog and link it back to you??

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