Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Cupcake Challenge #4- Triple coconut cupcakes
So, I took a bit of a break over the weekend, but here I am back again! These are coconut cupcakes with coconut frosting topped with shaved coconut, hence triple coconut cupcakes! The cakes themselves were easy enough, but the frosting was difficult. It's a traditional 7 minute frosting, except mine took more like 20 minutes. Although I had a few mishaps along the way, these turned out great! I didn't have a can opener to open the can of coconut milk, and my candy thermometer broke just as I was ready to use it, so I had to eyeball the cooked sugar mixture for the right temperature. The frosting took much longer than expected, and made a lot more than I needed. Unfortunately, you can't save this kind of frosting, it must be used immediately. I needed about 6 more cupcakes to use it all up. Oh well! They all turned out great anyways.
The cupcakes right out of the oven. This recipe made exactly 20.
Whipping the frosting- 20 minutes (or more) at full speed! My poor tired mixer!
One cupcake frosted, pre- coconut flakes.
A few comments on Martha's recipes so far: I like how each recipe yields exactly the right number of cupcakes, but some are 20, some 24, and some 36! I would have preferred just a dozen. Also, when the instructions say, beat till soft peaks form, an estimated time frame would be nice too. So if I think they're soft peaks but it hasn't been as long as the book recommends, I'd go a little longer. See what I mean? Tomorrow, everyone's favorite... red velvet!