(1) IMO, these are the BEST cupcakes I've made so far in this project. I can say that...
(2) I do not like the Piña Colada cocktail variety of this food. Even a 2nd sip didn't do the trick.
(3) A co-worker, who shall remain nameless, stated, "I ate the whole thing and didn't share...Is that rude? I don't even care." And...
|Gratuitous Shot of the Little Darling...All Dressed up in Her Pretty Pink Parasol.|
(4) We love Kevin.
I made these last weekend in a cupcake-baking-frenzy, for what reason I have no idea. I haven't posted in a while and really wanted to try something cocktail in theme. Found this recipe via The Cupcake Project, a site that by description pretty much tells the story. Currently, Stef is in search of the best vanilla cupcake recipe. I have high hopes for her as she's provided me with great recipes and lots of great ideas. This time I'm going to post my version of her Piña Colada Cupcake recipe. I made some modifications which I think added a lot of moisture and yummo-factor. At BIWB, we're always researching baking techniques and ingredients of master bakers. When we "crack" a secret baking code, we feel pretty damn cocky. Of course, being girls, our cocky attitudes are always exercised with great social decorum.
1/3 C rum
1/2 C coconut milk (I used something called "Coconut Cream" on the can, but it was coconut milk)
1/4 C cream of coconut (see the photo, this is thick and SUPER sweet-probably why I don't like the cocktail version)
1/4 C pineapple juice (I used the juice that I drained from the canned pineapple)
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
1 C white sugar + 3 tbsp brown sugar
2 extra large eggs (I use jumbo eggs, just cuz)
1 C shredded baker's coconut
1 C crushed pineapple (that's about an 8 oz can of crushed pineapple, well-drained, and reserve liquid)
1. In a small bowl, combine rum, coconut milk, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and vanilla. Set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, sift all the dry ingredients (flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt) into the bowl, then combine using the paddle attachment.
3. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-low speed for 2 minutes until you get a really fine crumb.
4. Add the eggs and the liquids from step 1.
5. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
6. Fold in the flaked coconut and the drained pineapple on low just to combine.
7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
1 tbsp rum
1 tbsp coconut milk (I used what's above in the flashy blue can)
1 tbsp cream of coconut (the SUPER sweet stuff)
1 tsp vanilla (to round out the flavors a bit)
4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1. Cream butter for about a minute.
2. Add the liquids and beat for a minute on medium, scrap. Beat another minute on medium, scrap.
3. On low speed, slowly add the sugar. Slow.
4. Increase speed to medium and beat for 1 minute, scrap. Beat another minute on medium, scrap.
5. Thin with more cream of coconut as needed, adding about 1 scant tbsp, beat for 30 seconds and repeat until you get the desired consistency.
6. Beat on med-high for 1 minute.
Frost those babies and top with a bit of the red colored flaked coconut. Looky, here!
A few more staged shots my little tiki hut-inspired coconutty rummed goodies...That was for you, Daniel. :)
P.S. A very BIG thanks to Sacramento Connect for inviting us to join the Sacramento blogging community at the Sacramento Bee (the cool little toolbar now on our web site). We are very honored and extremely happy. Catch us soon at the Gold Country Fair this weekend for our first cupcake competition. Thanks for all the support, friendship, and taste buds of those with whom we've shared our blog and treats!