Coconut Cupcakes

with cream cheese frosting and a surprising bite of chocolate inside

I decided to make these mini for a friend’s birthday celebration…bite size anything is just more fun, and maybe even guaranteed to taste better!
Plus, mini-ness helps with portion control, because 7 mini really equals one regular size cupcake, right? ;o)
Morgan’s Surprise Birthday, slash, Going Away Party!
Make a wish!
Enjoying cupcakes!

We go back to Elementary School!
Love you, miss you, kiss you!
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Makes 12 cupcakes (24 mini)
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup sugat
2 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 cup milk
Chocolate pieces, about 1/2 cup (optional)
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 t pure coconut extract
2 cups flaked coconut
Sprinkles (optional)
Preheat oven 350
line muffin tins with papers
Combine the flour, salt, baking flour, set aside
With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat 1 stick butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs one at a time
Reduce speed to low
Slowly add flour
Add the milk
Spoon into muffin tins, 3/4 full
Top each with a chocolate piece
Bake about 15 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean
cool on wire rack
Meanwhile, with mixer on medium, beat cream cheese and remaining 1/2 stick of butter, confectioners sugar and coconut extract.
Frost cupcakes, sprinkle with coconut
note: If you are piping the frosting, like I did, add the coconut to the frosting and beat until well mixed, about 10 seconds. then pipe onto cupcakes

Make a Wish
Family comes to really make the surprise special!

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