Well, I guess I was able to sneak in a sweet treat that you can make for your special Valentine! Luckily, this week’s Barefoot Bloggers recipe is for Ina Garten’s Coconut Cupcakes. I haven’t baked anything since Christmas, much to my children’s protest. After a month of indulging in sugar and chocolate, I was done with it all. So done that I didn’t realize that I was almost out of flour and sugar! Not in my house!
My kids were excited to come home from school and smell the sweet smell of Mommy baking something.
“What are you making? Cookies? Cupcakes?”
My husband wasn’t as thrilled. “Really, Laura, do you need to eat that?”
God bless the man. Subtleness is not one of his strong points. I explained to him that these cupcakes were not for me, but for the children. We all know they are fans of coconut… sometimes… Well, I was committed with Barefoot Bloggers and I wanted to make these cupcakes, OKAY?
Ahem. Excuse me.
It was a good thing my husband wasn’t around when I was mixing the batter. I always like to sneak a taste of a dessert batter, to get a preview of what is to come. You can tell a lot from the batter. And after making many cakes, cookies and bars, there are only a few batters that make me lick the bowl clean. This is one of those batters. Maybe it was because I hadn’t baked in over a month. Or maybe it was because this thing was absolutely irresistible! There was the aroma of almond extract, the richness of the butter and flavor of coconut that made go ga-ga over this batter.
Would the cupcake taste just as good?
Oh yeah. Now Ina provides a lot of frosting for these cupcakes, I didn’t make as much since I was just dabbing the top of the cupcakes with it. I also didn’t have buttermilk. I know there are religious cults over buttermilk, but the stuff just goes bad too quickly for me. I always have yogurt and milk and so I substituted the 1 cup buttermilk for 2/3 cup of plain yogurt and 1/3 cup of milk. The cupcakes turned out fluffy, moist and a refreshing change from the standard choices of vanilla or chocolate. And even though Middle Child claims he doesn’t like coconut (he made me pick out the coconut on the top of the cupcake) he didn’t realize they were INSIDE, too. He ate the whole thing with a giant smile!
Of course, I, myself, didn’t eat a whole cupcake. I ate what the kids didn’t finish, which wasn’t much. But remember, I have three kids… And great friends who love to try the treats I like to make! And this is one cupcake recipe that I will DEFINITELY make again!
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