Day 336 – Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes

2 Jul

I have become kind of a huge fan of vanilla bean.  And coconut.  They aren’t things I necessarily used a lot before the start of this blog.  But now…big fan!  So I knew these Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes (recipe below from bon appetit) needed to make the list.

Vanilla-Bean-Coconut-Cupcak     Mini-Vanilla-Bean-Coconut

The cupcakes are dense and a little greasy, but nice and moist. They have a strong vanilla flavor. Not overly sweet.

VB-Coconut-Frosting

The frosting is soft and creamy. It has a sweet, milky vanilla taste to it. Surprisingly, I don’t get a lot of coconut flavor. I was kind of hoping for more, but it’s pretty good anyway.

Note: It says to pipe the frosting on, but mine was much too thin to pipe. So I dolloped it on instead. With more sugar it might have been able to be piped, but I didn’t want to make it any sweeter.

VB-Coconut-Cupcake     Mini-VB-Coconut-Cupcake

With the shredded coconut topping, the coconut flavor comes out a lot stronger. It’s a smooth, soft cupcake overall. Very strong vanilla flavor and a follow-up flavor of coconut. Sweet and simple.

VB-Coconut-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19

RECIPE

Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes (recipe from bon appetit)

Cupcakes:

  • 2 13- to 14-ounce cans unsweetened coconut milk, reduced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Seeds scraped from 1 split vanilla bean or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup reduced coconut milk (see above), room temperature

Frosting:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup reduced coconut milk (see above), room temperature
  • Seeds scraped from 1 split vanilla bean or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted (for garnish)

For directions visit bon appetit.

*Tomorrow: Salted Triple Caramel Cupcakes*

One Response to “Day 336 – Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes”

  1. Sweets. Eats. And Crafts July 2, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Great combo, looks yummy!

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