It felt like Spring as I walked outside. Many of the local nurseries opened their doors today. People everywhere, buying Easter flowers and pansies or just enjoying the first signs of Spring. It was sunny and windy.
We stopped at a local farm stand that has just opened for the season and I bought tons of veggies : scallions, radishes, lettuce, asparagus, cauliflower, dill and fresh lemons. It really felt like Spring is in the air.
I love coconut.
I made this cake last year for Easter but it never made it to the blog. I’d like to fix that today. This cake has a triple coconut flavor with a tender cake crumb, creamy buttercream and crunchy roasted coconut. Would you like a slice?
Wipe the bowl of your mixer with white vinegar and wipe
it dry, add egg whites, pinch of salt and beat egg whites until medium
soft peaks are formed, add 1/4 cup sugar an beat until firm but not dry
peaks are formed, scrape the meringue into a small bowl and set aside.
- In the same bowl you made the meringue cream butter with sugar until creamy, 5 minutes.
- While your butter is creaming sift together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
- In a small dish combine together milk and coconut milk .
- Add egg yolks to the butter and beat well, add coconut and vanilla
extract, scrape the bowl and continue beating until smooth and well
- On slow speed alternatively add coconut milk mixture and flour, on low speed beat until smooth.
- To the batter add about 1/3 of meringue, fold into the batter until smooth, fold in the remaining meringue.
- Fill the pans
- Bake for 18-20 minutes
- Remove from the muffin pan immediately and cool the cupcakes on the cooling rack
Creamy Coconut Frosting
4 egg whites(1egg white is approximately 30grams)
1 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
- Place the egg whites and the sugar in a clean bowl of your mixer
and place it over a pot of simmering water, whisking constantly, until
egg whites get too hot to touch, you want the sugar to dissolve and
bring the egg whites to a safe temperature for use
- Once the egg whites are too hot to touch, continue whisking for 3 more minutes
- Remove from heat and immediately put your bowl on a stand mixer and beat it on high
- In the meanwhile cut up room temperature butter into cubes.
- When meringue is ready, you are looking for stiff peaks, when you
touch the sides of the bowl they should be warm to lukewarm, turn the
mixer on low, and slowly add chunks of room temperature butter.
- Don’t worry if the mixture curdles a little, turn the mixer on medium high and beat until you have a silky buttercream .
- Add 2 tsp pure vanilla extract and beat the buttercream for a few more minutes, until well combined
This buttercream can be stored
at room temperature for a couple of days,or refrigerated for a week,
or frozen for up to 3 months. Bring it to room temperature and
re-whip it prior using.TipsTo further stabilize this buttercream I recommend adding 1tbl of meringue powder, especially in the hot weather.Remember
butter starts to melt at 82.4F -96.8F (26-36C), so if you are
planning to make this buttercream in the heat of the Summer, consider
cake, or cupcake display inside, in the air conditioned area.Flavors: you can flavor your buttercream with other extracts as well
For additional garnish and more coconut flavor use toasted sweetened coconut as a garnish
Preheat oven to 300F. Toast
the coconut, watching it closely every few minutes and stir with the
wooden spoon, until it turns lightly golden brown color. Remove from the
oven and let cool before using.