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Thursday, September 10, 2009

cupcakes worth running 13.1 miles for.

they are some things, that are worth running for, whatever the distance.
the barefoot contessa's coconut cupcakes definitely make that list.

image via food network

barefoot contessa's coconut cupcakes

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut

for the frosting:
1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 pounds confectioners' sugar, sifted

preheat the oven to 325 degrees

in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. with the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.

in a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. in 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. mix until just combined. fold in 7 ounces of coconut.

line a muffin pan with paper liners. fill each liner to the top with batter. bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. remove to a baking rack and cool completely.

meanwhile, make the frosting. in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.

frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.

these babies are de-lic-ious! excuse me while i wipe the drool from my chin!


Allison said...

My husband made these with my daughter a few years ago, they were soooooooooo good. I can't believe we haven't made them since. Thanks for reminding me!

Angry Julie Monday said...

LOVE, I was at Sur La Table yesterday. I saw that pre-pared mix there. I almost bought it. I think we both have a thing for coconut.

Cupcake Activist said...

I usually eat a cupcake or two after a race. It's my motivation!

Melissa said...

Wow, thanks for sharing! I'm a cupcake fanatic, and this recipe sounds like it is beyond delicious.

mama jo said...

had them at kathy fryers

kara jayne said...

you had me at coconut cupcakes...

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

I have tried the zesty crockpot chicken....big hit here!

I love my crock pot!