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Weekly Winner #29

7 Mar

March has started with a serious BANG!  Lots of flavors.  Lots of prettiness.  Lots.

Honey Banana Cupcakes

Honey-Banana-Chocolate

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Halved-strawberry-cheesecake

Nuts About Chocolate Cupcakes

Nuts-about-chocolate

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Mardi-Gras-Cupcake

Cranberry Orange Cupcakes

Cranberry-Orange-Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red-Velvet-iced

Cherry Coconut Cupcakes

Cherry-Coconut-Cupcake

And, with a whopping 20.5 points, the Weekly Winner is….

Cherry-Coconut-top

The Cherry Coconut Cupcakes from Sweetopia.  Check out that tasty day here.  And, check back on March 31st to see how it does in the Monthly Competition.

Day 219 – Cherry Coconut Cupcakes

7 Mar

I love a good, classic, simple cupcake.  One that’s easy and pretty.  That you could use for lots of different events or just for a nice at-home cupcake.  And I have a feeling that these Cherry Coconut Cupcakes (recipe below from Sweetopia) are gonna be just that.

Cherry-Cupcake     Mini-CC-Cupcake

The cupcakes are very soft and chewy with a very light pink color. The cherry and coconut go really well together. It’s not overly sweet, except for what you get from those 2 flavors. It’s simple and pretty. And the coconut gives it a nice texture.

Note: It didn’t say what to do with the chopped cherries, so I just folded them in with the coconut.

Almond-Frosting

The frosting is light and smooth, but very easy to pipe. It is extremely sweet by itself. With a nice vanilla-almond flavor.

Note: It gives options for flavoring. I chose 2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp of almond extract, cause it goes so well with cherry and coconut.

Cherry-Coconut-Cupcake     Mini-Cherry-Coconut

This is a smooth, creamy cupcake. All the parts are very soft. And the flavors go really well together. The cherry is the star, but it’s not terribly aggressive. The coconut and that tiny almond flavor complement the cherry beautifully. This is a perfect spring or summer cupcake. Light and refreshing. (Or a good cupcake for winter, when you wanna feel the warmth of spring!)

Cherry-Coconut-top     Mini-Cherry-Coconut-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4

  • Frosting Taste: 3.5

  • Overall Taste: 4.5

  • Appearance: 4.5 (simple and adorable)

  • Ease of Making: 4

  • TOTAL: 20.5

RECIPE

Cherry Coconut Cupcakes (recipe from Sweetopia)

Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 10 oz sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherries, roughly diced

Frosting:

  • 2 lbs icing sugar
  • 1 lb unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 c milk
  • 3 tsp flavoring (vanilla or almond extract)

For directions visit Sweetopia.

*Tomorrow: Double Chocolate Cupcakes*

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