Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

I guess I must really be in the mood for cupcakes or something because here is another cupcake recipe. This one is a little twist on this recipe. With Valentine's Day coming up I thought these pink cupcakes would be appropriate and fun to make. Instead of doing a regular cream cheese frosting I decided to add coconut and a little bit of my absolute favorite almond extract. I've found that most coconut frosting recipes say to sprinkle the coconut on top of the frosting but I chose to mix it right in, and I like it! If you're not a coconut fan, leave it out, they will still taste amazing! And then to make them look cute I topped them off with a cherry. So far I've had 5 of these cupcakes today, yes 5, but only one had frosting on it so that's ok, right?

Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 1 box white cake mix (I recommend Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe)
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 3 large eggs whites
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons cherry extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring
line 18 to 24 muffin cups with muffin papers. preheat the oven to 350 degrees. using an electric mixer, beat the cake mix, water, egg whites, melted butter, cherry extract, and vanilla extract in a large bowl for 2 minutes, or until the batter is well blended. using about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of batter for each cupcake, spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. bake the cupcakes until they are very pale golden on top, about 15 minutes. cool the cupcakes completely on a cooling rack.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1- 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 4-6 cups powdered sugar
  • milk (if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
in a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter. slowly add in powdered sugar until light and fluffy. (add a couple of tablespoons of milk if frosting gets too stiff). mix in vanilla and almond extract. 

frost cupcakes and then sprinkle with coconut.


Andrea Coles said...

These look soooo good. Gonna have to try them. Really soon. I think you need to post your cafe rio burrito recipe. I remember those from KH days. They always looked SOOOO good.

Valerie said...

I did post it! Here is the link

michelle said...

I am a complete sucker for anything with coconut.