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Clarion County Recipe of the Day: Coconut Dream Cupcakes

Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by J.C. Taggart

The surprise in the middle makes these cupcakes incredible!

Coconut Dream Cupcakes

Ingredients

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1-1/3 cups sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
6 tablespoons butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup 2% milk

Frosting:

12 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

~Preheat oven to 350°. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.

~In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, and coconut extract until smooth.

~In a large bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

~In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.

~Spoon one rounded tablespoon batter into each prepared cup. Drop cream cheese mixture by scant tablespoonfuls into center of each cupcake. Cover with remaining batter, about one scant tablespoon each.

~Bake 16 to 20 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean). Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

~For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, water, and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Refrigerate leftovers.


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