I absolutely love making cupcakes because they ALWAYS come out looking gorgeous! These coconut cupcakes with a homemade raspberry filling are a perfect dessert for Easter! I could seriously eat the homemade raspberry filling by the spoon full though. It is so stinkin' good!
I think I'm slowly coming around to this coconut business. I don't mind the flavor at all, it's the texture of raw coconut that throws me off. I can even do a nice toasted coconut. It not only provides the best coconut flavor, but I can tolerate the texture too.
Speaking of coconut, I got my big order of girl scout cookies. I bought some to play with for recipes for the blog and then some to eat. Yes, I did get samoas. I'm not sure if I'll make something with them or just eat them. First, I have to pick them up at my mom's house. I ordered them off of my cousin and gave the money to my mom to pay for them. As long as my dad stays out of them for two weeks, we'll be set!
I love how versatile my pound cake recipe is that I used in this recipe. When peaches were in season, I was able to make a fresh peach pound cake with the recipe. It turned out so well that I bet I'll adapt the recipe again when fruits begin to be in season again this year too.
So back to the matter in hand, these coconut cupcakes. The frosting is a rich American buttercream. It can be quite sweet, but the fresh raspberry filling that is in the center of the cupcake helps cut the sweetness. It's slightly tart and can be more so if you reduce the sugar a bit more. I would cut back 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar in the raspberry filling recipe if you want it more tart than sweet.
Can you tell cupcakes are my favorite thing to make? They're so fun to doll up with pretty swirls and fun garnishes. You can even get fancy with the cupcake liners. What's your favorite thing to make? I would love to hear.
- 3 T . cornstarch
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 6 oz . fresh raspberries
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 cup butter room temperature
- 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 4 ½ T. milk
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 24 raspberries
- ½ cup toasted coconut
- In a small saucepan, add in the sugar and cornstarch. Whisk until combined.
- Add in the raspberries and water, whisking until combined.
- Bring the mixture up to a boil and let boil for 2 - 4 minutes until thickened. Be sure to mash the raspberries with the back of a wooden spoon while it's boiling.
- Place into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill.
Cupcakes Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the cupcake liners into two cupcake pans. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the butter and granulated sugar. Mix until light and fluffy.
- Add in the vanilla extract, coconut extract and the eggs one at a time. Beat the egg into the mixture until thoroughly incorporated before adding the next egg. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in any additional egg.
- In a separate bowl, add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
- Add the coconut cream into a dish and stir. This will help incorporate any liquid that has separated and loosen the cream up some.
- Add the flour and coconut cream alternately always starting and ending with the flour. I did 3 additions of flour and 2 additions of coconut cream. Scrape down the sides and mix to combine.
- Fill the cupcake liners ¾ full.
- Place the cupcakes into the oven and bake for 28 minutes or until done. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before adding the filling or frosting.
- In a large bowl, add in the butter, powdered sugar, milk, and coconut extract. Mix on medium until incorporated. Turn mixer on high and beat for another 1 - 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add half of the frosting into a disposable bag fitted with a 1M tip.
- Using a small knife, cut a hole in the center of the cooled cupcakes. Make sure it doesn't go all the way through the cupcake though.
- Add the chilled raspberry filling in a disposable piping bag. Fill each of the cupcakes to the top of the cupcake with the filling.
- Using the frosting in the piping bag, add a swirl to each cupcake.
- Add some toasted coconut to the top of each cupcake and top with fresh raspberry.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
I first posted my recipe for Coconut Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling on Yellow Bliss Road as a contributor.