Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hawaiian Cupcakes

I made these for a Hawaiian luau at work and I wanted them to be coconut flavored and have a flower on top that sort of resembled a Hawaiian flower. I was originally going to make frangipani flowers but I didn't have the right fondant cutters to do it so I just used what I had.

They tasted pretty good but I thought they were a little dry, my co-workers disagreed saying that they were "heavy" but not dry. I opted not to do coconut in the frosting because I wanted the frosting to look smooth.

Coconut Cupcakes
(from Simply Recipes)
  • 3/4 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup of canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of sweetened desiccated coconut

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and cream till light and fluffy again, scraping down the sides halfway through to ensure even mixing.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds each to ensure mixing. Be sure to scrape down the sides after each egg to ensure even mixing.

Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in one bowl. In another add 1 cup of a well shaken can of coconut milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix, then add 1/2 of the wet ingredients. Continue alternating with the wet and dry mixtures, ending with the dry. Stop mixing once just as the ingredients become incorporated; do not overbeat.

Fold in the coconut. Scoop into cupcake papers about one half to three-quarters of the way full. Bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating the pan after the first 15 to ensure even baking. Be sure to check with a toothpick to see if the cupcakes are done. If the toothpick comes out of the cupcake clean, then they're ready. Allow the cupcakes to cool for a minute or two in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I think these were definitely the prettiest cupcakes that I have ever made but they were very time consuming.

Until next time...



  1. lovely!

    try the ina garten recipe for coconut cupcakes. they're supposed to be awesome.

  2. my oh my, such lovely cupcakes! i love the colours!

  3. Oh these came out great! I absolutely love the colors!

  4. These are so pretty - even though you weren't happy with the cupcakes, I think they look great.

  5. Thanks for all of the comments you guys! I was so excited when I found neon food coloring, I knew I had to make some bright cupcakes!

  6. oh my goodness those are the prettiest i've ever seen! so professional looking. The flowers are just beautiful. How did you make those? And how did you get the frosting to look so perfect and swirly and smooth?

  7. These are beautiful! I second everyone else - how did you make the flowers?

  8. I used a small flower cutter with fondant. On a little foam pad used to make fondant flowers I drew lines in the petals with a fondant tool. And then made little colored fondant balls for the center.

  9. Thank you!! these are awesome!