Recipe ~ Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Buttercream Icing

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Cupcakes, fairy cakes, buns… whatever you prefer to call them, they are so easy to make with whatever flavouring takes your fancy.

I had bought a little tub of desiccated coconut ages and ages ago and sick of looking at it I decided to use it in these…These are more chocolatey than coconutty, as coconut can be a divisive flavour … up the coconut amounts if you prefer!

This will make 12 cakes (regular size)

For the cakes:

  • 110g Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 110g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 110g Plain Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 40g Cocoa Powder
  • 40g Desiccated Coconut

For the topping:

  • 100g Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 25g Desiccated Coconut
Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Buttercream
Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Buttercream

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (Fan Oven).

In a large bowl cream the butter using an electric hand whisk/standalone mixer, add the sugar and continue to beat. Once they are well mixed, add the eggs, while continuing to beat, and then the vanilla extract. Sift in the flour & baking powder and mix to a smooth mixture. Finally add the cocoa and coconut and mix for a further minute.

Divide the mixture between the paper cases in your muffin tin. Place in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them – my oven has a bit of a ‘personality’ hence it can be hard to judge cooking times!

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Buttercream
Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Buttercream

While your cakes are cooking on a rack, make the buttercream topping. Cream the butter, then slowly add the icing sugar and vanilla, mixing all the time. Add the coconut at the end and give it a final mix for a few seconds. Place the buttercream in a piping bag and top the cakes…add a sprinkle of coconut then to the top of each cake.

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Buttercream
Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Buttercream

Enjoy!

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