Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sweet Treats: Coconut Lime Cupcakes

With summer right around the corner, I am starting to dream to fruit, delicious, sweet things. And what is more summertime that coconut and lime? Combine them in a drink and they are great. In cupcake form, just as good! So, with Memorial Day weekend coming up, you may want to make these to share at a barbeque ... or maybe, just make them for yourself.

Coconut Lime Cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooke Time: 25-35 minutes
Yield: 24 cupcakes


2 cups granulated sugar

Zest of 1 large lime

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

5 extra-large eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon coconut extract

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup shredded coconut

For the Coconut Lime Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
6 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3/4 cup coconut, for sprinkling on top of cupcakes


1) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.
2) In a small bowl, combine sugar and lime zest. Rub together with your fingers, until fragrant. In the bowl of an stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar mixture together 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, coconut extract, lime juice, and mix well.
3) 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. Stir in coconut.
4) 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 wire cooling rack and cool completely.
5) While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, vanilla, and coconut extract until creamy. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, alternating with lime juice, beating until combined.
6) Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with coconut.
*Note: The frosting is made to taste. Make sure that you taste the frosting after adding each tablespoon of lime juice so that it is just right for you.*

1 comment:

  1. Those sound amazing!

    Plus, you can sing to yourself as you're baking, "Put de lime in de coconut."