COCONUT AND HERBAL MINT CUPCAKES
So long as coconut doesn’t make you squeamish, we’ve found the perfect sweet treat recipe for you to make for your kid’s school party, your own shindig or just for fun for yourself to celebrate St. Patty’s! Garrett, the man behind VanillaGarlic.com, describes his creation as “refreshing; think a Eucalyptus sauna for your mouth. It leaves you feeling so ‘Ahhh…’ The cake is unlike anything I’ve ever really tasted before; sweetened by honey and coconut milk the cake tastes light – an herbal infused pastry.”
Makes 16-20 cupcakes / 350 F oven
3/4 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 heaping cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of honey
3 eggs, room temperature
1 cup of canned coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 – 3/4 cup of sweetened dessicated coconut
1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
1) Simmer the coconut milk with the mint until bubbles form around the side. Take off the heat and let sit for 2-4 hours, the longer the better. Strain out the mint leaves and measure out one cup of the coconut milk.
2) Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and cream until light and fluffy again, scraping down the sides halfway through to ensure even mixing. Add the honey and mix throughly.
3) Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds each to ensure mixing. (Be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom every once in a while to get all the rogued butter escaping the mixer).
4) Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in one bowl. In another add 1 cup of a well shaken can of coconut milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix, then add 1/2 of the wet ingredients. Continue alternating with the wet and dry mixtures, ending with the dry. Turn off the mixer once ingredients are just combined.
5) Fold in the coconut. Scoop into cupcake papers and bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating the pan after the first 15 to ensure even baking. Be sure to check with a toothpick to see if the cupcakes are done. If the toothpick comes out of the cupcake clean, then they’re ready.
Head to Garrett’s blog for the frosting recipe!
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