I had some Swedish bread thingies to post today, but I’m sure we’re all in agreement that this blog needed a little sweetness. And Easter fun!
These are really coconut-y. That’s because they’re made mostly from desiccated coconut. You’d think that they’d be crumbly or somehow unpleasant, what with all the dried coconut, but the texture was great. It reminded me of my mother’s coconut bundt cake which is full of white flour, several cups of white sugar and Crisco. It’s a tasty cake but, yeah, perhaps a little unhealthy? ;)
These cupcakes aren’t fluffy at all, but dense. But as always, they’re dense in a nice way!
I’m not normally a fan of coconut but there was something about these that I couldn’t resist. And once they were out of the oven, I said, “I don’t want that whipped coconut whipped cream frosting! Ewww.” Typical me. But then it was awesome.
For the coconut frosting, you just take a can of coconut milk, let it sit overnight in the fridge, whip it and add a tiny bit of powdered sugar. It sounds unspectacular but it just works. It is kind of annoying that you have to let it sit overnight but at least it’s easy. :)
Something neat about these — they taste even better than whole grain versions. It’s true! It sounds crazy but when it’s made mostly of coconut and not grainy flour that tastes healthy, it kind of does make sense. Not only did Mr. T and friends not realize that these were healthy, but they had no idea that they were grain-free. But you know, they’re not very schooled on baking, so perhaps that doesn’t mean much.
As far as I know, we don’t have shredded coconut over here so I use desiccated to top them off. But if you have shredded, use shredded! I’m sure it’d look a lot better. My poor little birdies have sad little nests. But what’s annoying is that I have a bag of shredded coconut I brought with me from the US and I can’t find it. Only in situations like this does my disorganization bother me. I mean, how do you lose an entire bag of coconut? And I swear — it exists!
I do realize that this uses a ridiculously small amount of coconut flour, but you can’t leave it out or try to sub it with something else. It is expensive but I use mine quite often and have had my little container for about a year now. So really, it’s not that expensive when you consider how little you use at a time!
Grain-free Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream
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- Yield: 8 cupcakes
- 1½ cups (120 grams) desiccated (not shredded!) coconut
- 45 grams (~about ½ cup but weigh it!) blanched almond flour
- 2 teaspoons (6 grams) coconut flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup (106 grams) honey
- ⅓ cup (80ml) canned, shaken coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons (42 grams) coconut oil, melted
- 1½ teaspoons coconut or vanilla extract
- 1 13.5 ounce (400ml) can of coconut milk
- 1 - 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup toasted coconut
- Easter egg candies
Coconut Whipped Cream:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line 8 muffin cups with liners.
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (eggs through extract) and combine this with the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined!
- Fill the cupcake liners so that they're almost full and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven, let the cupcakes cool for 2 minutes in the tins, and then turn the cupcakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely before cooling.
- For the coconut whipped cream, put a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator, being careful not to shake it. Let it sit overnight. Take the can out of the refrigerator and pour the liquid (it should be watery) into another container to use later (perhaps in a smoothie!).
- Place the remaining thick cream in a medium bowl and whip with a hand mixer until it's the consistency of regular whipped cream. Add powdered sugar to your liking, starting off with a tablespoon.
- Spread on the cupcakes and add toasted coconut (I just toasted it about 5 minutes after I took out the cupcakes). Add the Easter candies right before serving.