Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Coconut Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

In an effort to get out of our snow comas today, the kiddo and I made these Coconut Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes.  It was great fun; after our cupcake indulgence, we ran around the house and bounced-off the walls!  While the kiddo would have loved to spend the day out in the snow, I just wasn't up for it today.  Mid-winter exhaustion has set in, I guess. 

Coconut Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes
They are a basic white cake with coconut and a raspberry or two in the middle for a sweet surprise.

2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c shortening or unsalted butter
1.5 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
5 egg whites
1 1/3 c buttermilk
1/3 c sweetened coconut flakes
24 frozen raspberries tossed in flour

1. Grease your muffin pan or line with cupcake liners; I used Baking Joy spray.  Sift dry ingredients together.
2. Mix shortening, sugar, and vanilla until well-combined into course crumbles.  Add egg whites one at a time. 
3. Mix in buttermilk.
4. Stir in coconut flakes. 
5. Fill cupcake pan; then, push two flour-dusted raspberries into the center of each cupcake. 
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. 

For the icing, I actually used Pamela's Vanilla Frosting Mix and colored it pink in celebration of the upcoming romantic holiday.  Typically, I would make my own icing, but I had purchased this mix on a whim and it's actually pretty tasty and extremely easy to whip up.

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Brooke Anna said...

Wow! How neat!

It's a Keeper said...

HI! I'm hosting a link up this week -- It's a Keeper Thursdays! I hope you can come over and link up!

It's a Keeper

Becca said...

Those look amazing! I'm putting them on my to-bake list.

Chantal said...

These do look delicious! I'm going to give them a try. Thanks for sharing : )

Jenny said...

These look so good! My daughter is sitting by me and said, "Raspberries?! That girl can be my Mommy and make me some!" LOLOL!

Ali said...

Those are the prettiest, most romantic cupcakes I've ever seen. Every element, the berries in the cake, the shade and swirl of the frosting, and the sparkles that go all around it. Oye, just too pretty for words.

DANA said...

That looks so good! Like something out of a bakery ;) If you have not been by yet, I would love for you to come link up! Every month the best link gets prizes!

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