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Coconut Cupcakes

• 27 January 2009

While I am a huge Ina Garten fan, I decided to give another version of "coconut cupcakes" a try. You know, just to do a little "compare & contrast". I decided to go with this version from the Washington Post's "Food Wars". They raved about it so it seemed like a safe bet.

After tasting this new recipe, I found them both to be delicious but very different from each other. Who knew there could be so much variation between coconut cupcake recipes? Ina's (the Barefoot Contessa) cupcakes have an "almond" undertone, while these have a "nutmeg" undertone.

I modified the frosting recipe because I always have extra frosting that goes unused. Here are the measurements I used for the frosting:

8 oz. cream cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 teaspoons coconut milk (shake the can first)
dash freshly grated nutmeg (whole nutmeg are the least expensive at World Market)
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Again, you can find the Washington Post cupcake recipe here...and the Barefoot Contessa recipe here.


  1. I'm going to give these a try once my baking ability is restored (i.e. when I have an oven again). For now though, So Cupcake has been fulfilling my love for coconut cupcakes!

  2. i love ina's recipe too but found it way too rich. maybe i'll try this one.

  3. those cupcakes look wonderful. we made coconut cream pie this week so I am sure my kids will like them. I know I will yum!

  4. Perfect timing! Ellek's birthday is Thursday and he LOVES coconut anything. Guess this will be on my shopping list for tomorrow's outing! thanks for the help :)

  5. Oh, how do I love your blog...let me count the ways, or better yet, how many of your posts are in my favorites file!!! You rock and inspire...keep 'em coming. =)

  6. Love coconut desserts.

    And leftover, unused frosting? No such thing in my house. Thanks to the husband.

  7. tried the wash post recipe and i think i've found a favorite -- the nutmeg is the key. i loved them! thanks for posting. these are going to become a regular feature in my home!

  8. Does the shredded coconut go IN the frosting, or just on top of the cupcakes? Thanks :)


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