|Topper- Twigs were cut out from branches outside(thanks to my sister Joana;) and those cute Valentine printables were free from Party Box Designs!|
|Joana and I enjoying our cupcakes with milo yum!|
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon or lime zest (outer skin)
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut milk(I used the Silk brand from Safeway)
Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar icing or powdered sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of coconut milk if needed
2 cups shredded coconut(can use sweetened or unsweetened)
Twigs from outside
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest
In the bowl of your electric mixer beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Then,with the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture (in three additions) and milk (in two additions), beginning and ending with the flour. Beat just until combined.
Evenly fill the 12 muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18 -20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake just comes out clean. (Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. With a knife or spatula, spread frosting on each cupcake. Garnish with coconut (sweetened or unsweetened, shredded or flaked). These cupcakes are best the day they are made but they can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Cream Cheese Frosting:In an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth and well blended. Beat in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar.Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy and of spreading consistency (about 3 minutes). Add a little coconut milk if frosting is too thick.
Makes 12 cupcakes
Thank you Joy of Baking for this delicious recipe and Party Box Designs for the free Valentines Day Printables!
And a very special thanks to Leah Hope Photography for capturing all of these lovely pictures! For more info & bookings visit her at leahhopeblog.com
Happy Love Day!