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 “Strawberry and Beer Sorbet”

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    tracy {pale yellow} — February 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Three ingredients? Amazing, I can’t wait to try this for myself!

    • beantownbaker — February 3rd, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

      If you make it, let me know what beer/fruit combo you use. I can’t wait to try different combinations.

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    tracy {pale yellow} — February 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I just made it last night and used frozen strawberries and Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat. Amazing!!! So creamy without any dairy. I’ll be posting the recipe on my site next week.

    • beantownbaker — February 4th, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

      First of all, I haven’t had that beer, but it sounds tasty on it’s own. I’m sure it was delicious with the strawberries in this sorbet. So glad you enjoyed it. Let me know when your post goes up!

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    Shannon — February 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    what an interesting idea! love that you can still taste the individual flavors 🙂

    • beantownbaker — February 4th, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

      I loved it too. Even though when you say Strawberry and Beer Sorbet people kind of look at you like you’re crazy….

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    Tiffany — February 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

    This sounds awesome and I know my husband would love it but we don’t have an ice cream maker. Is there an alternative way to make it?

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    Carole — March 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about ice cream and sorbets – or anything similar like gelato. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . Please do check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

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    Carole — March 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Jen , thanks for joining the link up for Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter. I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the other links. I have been reading them all and must say my ice cream cravings are now almost out of control! Cheers

    Ps I am signing up to follow your blog. A follow back would be great – or maybe you have already?

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    Jimmie — August 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I work in a brewpub in Boulder. I’m gonna try this out with fresh peaches, honey, and a strong belgian golden ale. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • beantownbaker — August 16th, 2013 @ 8:18 am

      Oh man – that sounds awesome. I have a TON of peaches in my house right now… I just made a blueberry variety the other night.

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