Toasted Coconut Vanilla Cupcakes

Sometimes life surprises you. You’re just going about your normal routine, and then adorable 7 year olds completely make your week, and your cupcakes taste infinity times better than you thought they would.

We taught an incredibly sweet group of 2nd graders this week at the beach. Just imagine smiley, super excited but well behaved little munchkins listening to everything you have to say like its just the most incredibly thing they’ve ever heard. If that in itself wasn’t enough to make my week, I may have fallen in love with a 2nd grader. This little boy followed me around, asked me lots of questions about the ocean, invited me over to play with his pet sand crab sometime, and told me that I’m beautiful. I mean seriously? When this kid grows up, he’s going to be such a heartbreaker.

To top it off, two days later we taught another class of 2nd graders, from that same school, and one of the girls came and told me that my little man went back to school and told everyone how pretty I was. Seriously?! I can only hope my future children are as sweet as you, little man.

Now let’s talk about cupcakes. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m not a fan of vanilla cupcakes. And by not a fan, I mean I just plain don’t like them. I’d rather not eat a cupcake at all if it’s going to be vanilla. I’ve tried a few recipes, and I’ve had them from cupcake shops, but they are never as satisfying as chocolate. Team Chocolate!

And frankly, I’m not a huge coconut person either!

So why did I make coconut vanilla cupcakes? I have no idea.

I was thinking about what I wanted to make and for some reason this popped in my head and I couldn’t get it out. I’ve never even had a coconut cupcake! But you know what? These were SO GOOD! How good? I averaged about 2-3 a day for 3 days. I’m half ashamed and half proud about that last statement.

If you’re not a vanilla person, or a coconut person, I think these would change your mind. The cake has vanilla & almond extract in it, as well as some toasted coconut mixed in. So the cake itself is not so much coconut as it is almond/vanilla, but the coconut in the batter adds a nice texture and flavor to it. I toasted the coconut instead of leaving it raw, which I think was a fabulous decision. The tangy but sweet frosting is a cream cheese frosting with vanilla & almond in it to compliment the flavor of the cupcakes, and don’t forget the layer of toasted coconut on top! Mmmmm, yes.

I never thought I would crave a vanilla cupcake…until now. I hope you guys had a week that was as lovely as mine :).



#41 Lamington Cupcakes

When its a baking day, I end up going to the grocery store multiple times that day. It’s embarrassing really. I read through the entire recipe, I make a list, and then I forget the eggs/sugar/something. I of course don’t realize I am missing these things until ingredients are opened and poured already. Tip: I suggest always using the self check out to spare yourself from ultimate embarrasement of going to the same check out guy twice in a 1 hour span of time, multiple times a month…

With that said, I forgot to buy eggs.

These cupcakes are on the front cover of “The Craft of Baking” cook book by Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox and are absolutely delicious. They kind of taste like a cupcake donut, dipped in chocolate, and rolled in toasted coconut. Awesome, I know. I love these cupcakes because they are a little different than the normal cupcake. Aside from the fact that it is steering away from the traditional swirl of luscious frosting on top, the cake itself is a little denser, which gives it more of an old fashion donut taste. They’re delicious, don’t worry.

Toast the coconut first, let it cool, and then smash it up so its in small pieces and not the long strands

Since you will be dipping these in chocolate after they have cooled, there is no need to waste your cupcake liners. Melt some butter and use a brush to butter each pan. Then, dust with flour. The trick with that is to spoon a little flour into each cupcake well and then shake the pan around. You can tap out any excess flour in the sink.

Use a knife to scrape around the edges and flip the cupcakes out of the pan. Don't try and turn the pan over, it wont work the way you imagine it should.

Dipped and Rolled waiting to be eaten

Mini Lamingtons

I hope you enjoy!

Lamington Cupcakes

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2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 ½ cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp kosher salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup sugar
1 tbs vanilla
¼ vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out
½ cup whole milk
4 large egg whites

¼ cup 3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups confectioners sugar
¼ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp vanilla


Set oven to 300° F.

Spread coconut on baking sheet and put in oven until golden, 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. After cooled, crumble up the coconut and put into a wide shallow bowl.

Increase oven temp to 350. Butter and flour muffin tins.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, and vanilla bean seeds on medium-high until light and fluffy, 5 mins. Scrape down sides of bowl.

With mixer on medium speed, add milk and flour mix, alternating in 3 additions.

Transfer to another bowl. Clean the bowl to the electric mixer (I know, what a pain), and add the egg whites to it. Whisk on medium speed until soft peaks form, 4 mins. In 3 additions, fold into batter.

Divide batter among muffin cups, ¾ full.

Bake for 20 mins, rotate halfway. Use knife to separate cupcake from tin and flip them out of the pan. Let cool completely

In a medium bowl, sift together the cocoa powder,confectioners sugar, and salt. Add ¼ cup plus 2 tablspoons water and the vanilla. Whisk until smooth.

Dip cupcake into glaze, coating entire cupcake. Immediately roll the cupcake in the toasted coconut. Transfer to a wire rack placed on top of a cookie sheet to catch the drippings.