Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Island Coconut Cupcakes

I've had this recipe sitting around since last Spring.  And I'd forgotten about it until I stumbled upon it this morning!  If you like coconut you'll love these, and you can coordinate them to any color you'd prefer.  I had pink cupcake liners so mine were pink!:)  They turned out super cute!

Island Coconut Cupcakes

1 box white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup oil
3 egg whites
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut

3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons whipping cream (milk can be substituted)
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut (for topping)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.  Beat the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites until smooth, about 2 minutes.  Fold in the coconut.  Using a medium sized (2 tablespoons) cookie scoop, put cake into cupcake liners.  Bake for 18-23 minutes.  Cool completely.

For the frosting, mix together the butter and powdered sugar.  Mix on low until incorporated then mix on medium for a couple of minutes.  Add the vanilla and cream and mix for another minute or so. 
Pipe frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.  Place the 1/2 cup of coconut in a ziplock bag and add a drop or two of whatever color you want and shake to color the coconut.  Sprinkle colored coconut on top of the frosting, and you're ready to go!  Enjoy!

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