I love a good Coconut cupcakes recipe, and this one is a winner. I have tried several baking recipes from Ina Garten, and they are all perfect. Exciting, right? Several of Ina’s baking recipes are very simple and easy to make.
Growing up with my siblings was fun. We would cook and bake together every week. Now that we each have several lives, it is hard to get together for a cookout or baking day. Living in separate states does not help either.
I love baking and cooking for friends and family. I recently attended a high school graduation party my girlfriend was having for her son. She had asked me to bake cupcakes and cheesecakes for her to add to her dessert table.
I baked about three dozens coconut cupcakes and three dozens chocolate cupcakes and two cherry cheesecakes. Can you believe that the cupcakes disappeared within an hour? Yes, all gone within one hour!
What was very fascinating is the fact that the guests even ate the icing. I am not a huge fan of frosting and especially fondant and the ones with food coloring.
Research about food dyes has claimed that they cause several problems in children including allergies, hyperactivity, learning impairment, irritability, and aggressiveness.
The icing I used on the cupcakes is made with cream cheese. Cream cheese makes a wonderful icing as long as you don’t add any food coloring. The best thing about cream cheese icing is that you don’t need to add much in it to taste good.
Powdered sugar, milk or water, butter and an extract is all you need to make the best cream cheese icing.
Throughout my baking years, I have found that strangers, my friends, and family, prefer simple plain cupcakes and cupcakes with dried fruits, nuts or chocolate. Icing does not interest them at all.
They see it as a waste of ingredients. And same here as well. Who wants a pile of sugar sitting on top of their cupcake?
This coconut cupcake recipe from Ina Garten is definitely a winner. You may want to try. And trust me when I tell you they only thing you need is a good extract, powdered ginger and ground nutmeg to make your life a sweet one.
I chose to frost the cupcakes with the cheesecake icing and topped with toasted shredded coconut. And by the way, my secret for the icing is coconut liqueur. Shhh… don’t share with everyone.
Let me know what you think of the recipe and the occasion you became the best baker ever.