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Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia
Prep time 24 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Cool Time time 30 mins
Yield Makes 1 1/2 dozen
Create a memorable dessert packaged in a pint-size liner. These too-cute-to-eat treats get their vibrant flavor from coconut extract.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons coconut milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur
  • Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 1/2 cups large-flake unsweetened coconut, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy and creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended. Add egg whites, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add extracts; beat well.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with 1 cup coconut milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.

  3. Divide batter evenly among 18 paper-lined cups of muffin pans. Bake at 350° for 20 to 23 minutes or until batter is set but centers of cupcakes still look slightly wet. (Do not overcook.) Cool in pans 10 minutes; transfer to wire racks.

  4. Combine amaretto liqueur and remaining 3 tablespoons coconut milk; stir well. Spoon mixture evenly over tops of warm cupcakes, spreading with back of spoon. Cool completely.

  5. Frost cupcakes with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting, and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Store at room temperature.