Easter Coconut Cupcakes

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Easter is this weekend. It’s a holiday filled with family dinners, decorating eggs, baskets filled with goodies, lots of chocolate Easter bunnies and Coconut Cupcakes! Okay… Perhaps Coconut Cupcakes isn’t the first thing you may think of when you think Easter. But, these particular Coconut Cupcakes are a happy addition to our Easter baking. Just look at how perfectly festive these delectable cupcakes look. And the best thing is they taste AMAZING!

We’ve made these cupcakes numerous times and it has become one of our favourite recipes anytime of the year. Even though we both don’t particularly love coconut, these cupcakes are an exception. The coconut flavour isn’t strong and overpowering, it’s just right. Paired with the cream cheese frosting, it makes for the perfect combo.

Tip: Toast the coconut flakes in the oven to get a pretty golden colour. Or use green food colouring to get green coconut flakes to simulate grass. So cute! This time we decided not to colour the coconut and opted to add the coloured Cadbury Mini Eggs to the top. Kind of looks like fluffy clouds of delicious-ness!

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Easter Coconut Cupcakes
makes 20-24 cupcakes.
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For The Cupcakes
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  5. 1 3/4 cups sugar
  6. 2 large eggs, room temperature
  7. 2 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  8. 1 1/4 cups whole milk, room temperature
  9. 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
For The Coconut Cream-Cheese Frosting
  1. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  3. 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  4. 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  5. 4 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  6. 72 Cadbury Mini Eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking cups and set aside.
  2. On a large sheet of parchment or wax paper, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar for 2-5 minutes, until mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition.
  4. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, add the vanilla to the milk.
  5. Add one third of the dry ingredients followed by one third of the milk, mix thoroughly. Repeat & scrape down the bowl as needed. Add in the last third of dry ingredients followed by the last third of milk. Mix well. Gently fold in the shredded coconut using a spatula.
  6. Scoop batter into the cupcake pan until each cup is two-thirds full. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and allow to cool for a few minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
For The Frosting
  1. Combine the butter, cream cheese, vanilla & icing sugar in a mixer and mix together at high speed for 3-5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  2. Using a spoon, scoop a large dollop of cream cheese frosting on top of the cupcake and spread to the edges of the cupcake covering the top completely. Next sprinkle shredded coconut on top of the frosting so that it forms a puffy cloud of coconut on top. Pat down and apply as much coconut as you'd like. Complete the cupcakes by placing 2-3 mini eggs on top.
Notes
  1. If you prefer a less sweet cupcake - Use shredded 'Unsweetened Coconut' instead of 'Sweetened' coconut for the icing.
Adapted from The Cupcake Diaries (slightly)
Rose & Lea http://roseandlea.com/
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These cupcakes add that extra special Easter pizzazz on your dessert table. The kids (and adults) will absolutely LOVE them.

Happy Easter! 
Natasha & Laura xo

What’s Goin’ On: Fall Update

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This may be the most randomest post ever, (just warning ya now). But we’ve been MIA lately and haven’t been posting nearly as much as we’d like so we wanted to give you guys a little update!

The reason for the lack of posts is because we have been COMPUTERLESS (i know right?! bloggers without a computer – such a nightmare) for almost a month now which makes blogging extremely challenging… to say the least.

We are currently blogging using 2 Ipads (one full-size & one mini), which makes things just a tad bit harder. The formatting & text in new posts get all screwed up most of the time & editing text takes awhile, but the hardest thing is adding photos. We use a Canon camera, and don’t have a way to get the photos online right now.

Fear not! We are still busy baking new recipes which are all ready to go & will all be posted as soon as we get a new computer to upload & edit them! Until then, we are doing our best to continue to post regularly.

 We took some IPhone shots of some recipe sneak peaks below & some other random photos… Check it out! 🙂

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Mmm, Pumpkin Pancakes.

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Who’s tried the new Chocolate Chai Tea Latte at Starbucks? We tried them today… We’re both not a fan! 

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Checking out chairs at Crate & Barrel.

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Amazing Staub Pumpkin Casserole Dish from Crate & Barrel. I’m still dreaming about this! – Natasha

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Natasha + Cupcakes = Love. 

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Picked up fun new bakeware from Michaels! Can’t wait to bake some spooky cupcakes.

To add to the randomness of this post, we are going to end this post with a little MUSIC(is there really any better way to end a blog post? 😉 )

Laura’s Song Of The Day: The Stand by Mother Mother

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Natasha’s Song Of The Day: Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake

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Xo Natasha & Laura

A Walk In The Park

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Since the Fall weather has been so beautiful the last few days, we wanted to really enjoy it & take some photographs at the park.
So we grabbed our camera, walked to Starbucks (obviously. Starbucks is a must), than to the park. The local Starbucks is literally only a 2 minute walk from our place and the park is also close by, so it’s perfect!

In other news, we finally got a new computer & everything is up and running, so you can expect regular posts from now on – We are so excited!

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How cute are these coffee cozies?!
I posted about them previously in my Favorite Things post which you can see here.
We love our coffee cozies! They do a great job of keeping the coffee warm. So handy & cute.
Laura got the Heart cozy, and Natasha got the Pumpkin cozy.

We ordered them from Faith’s Yarn Works on Etsy. Check out Ashlen’s work – she has some beautiful knitted goods. We are big fans! 🙂

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Natasha’s Johnny Cupcakes hoodie.
If you haven’t heard of Johnny Cupcakes, definitely check out his site! His story is so inspiring.

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Laura’s Steve Madden boots!

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Xo Laura & Natasha

Cracked Plates Bring You Closer

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My sister invited us to go to a pottery studio with her so we could work on some ceramic pieces and get a little family bonding time in too. This was perfect because Natasha and I had been talking a lot about going to do some ceramic pieces. Spending time with my sister is somewhat of a rarity these days with our schedules, so I was completely excited to do both.

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We decided to meet on a Sunday which is ‘family’ day for us.  Our motto: Sunday = Funday. I don’t know what we we were thinking, just waltzing into the studio thinking we were going to simply pick out a piece, design it, paint it, glaze it, fire it and bring it home with us a few hours later. There were so many choices of objects to choose from. Plates, cups, bowls, vases, trays, tea pots, nick-nacks of everything you could think of. Just making a decision took us almost half an hour. Then we actually had to design it, pick out the colours, stencil a design onto our ceramics and paint it. Three coats of paint and in between each coat putting it in the heater to dry.. So many steps!

Our little projects turned into 3 Sundays spent at the pottery studio.

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After we got it all organized we finally sat down and got to work on our masterpieces.

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Tricia was the pottery expert (we LOVE Tricia!) who helped us with every step. She wasn’t about to let us be plain and not be as creative as we could be with our pieces.
We basically relied on her to give us step by step instructions and ideas. Although now we have learnt many techniques that we will use again and some that we won’t use again. (sorry Tricia, we still love you!)

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Natasha ‘a la artist‘.

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Natasha’s project before.

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Natasha’s project after (cupcake cookie jar)

Along with my sister’s bird, which we ended up naming ‘sexy bird’ because it took so many steps and techniques to complete, and it turned out gorgeous!

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Ta da! 
Natasha’s finished masterpiece.

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Ah yes… and this is my ‘masterpiece’ in progress. The Flower Power Plate.

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And this is my masterpiece after..

Notice the huge crack right down the middle of the plate.
Tricia felt horrible about the crack and vowed to get to the bottom of the mystery of who dropped something on the my plate and cracked it!
Alright, I admit I think I was shocked when she gave it to me and it was cracked. I realize I’m no Picasso, but I did work on that piece for 3 weeks lets not forget.

However,  I wasn’t mad, sad or anything really. The funny thing is I have nothing but good memories of these past few weeks spending the time together while making the plate. My sister, Natasha and I had such fun that it was honestly worth more than crying over a cracked plate.

My cracked plate has become a conversation piece of sorts. Mostly of what I would design and paint differently when I paint another plate. Yes, I said it. We are going back and I will work on yet another plate. Different design and colours altogether, but definitely another plate.
What did I do with this plate you ask?
Well, I use it on my dresser and display all of my perfume bottles on it.
And every time I look at it, I smile.

Laura xo