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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