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

Happy Easter!

IMG_4049gggggbIt’s EasterYay! Happy Easter Everyone!

We hope everyone has a spectacular day spent doing whatever it is you do on Easter!

We (myself, Natasha (my daughter) and Nicholas (my son) will be spending it with family as we always do. My sister has 2 young children so being around them on any occasion makes it that much better. Those kids, my little niece and nephew have so much spunk and energy it’s always a hoot just being in their presence. They make everything seem fun! I’m forever amazed at what comes out of their little mouths… so fricking smart. It’s plain craziness. My nephew just turned 3 and he knows his way around the mini ipad since he was 2 like nobodies business! And my niece is 7 and she has more common sense then some 20 year olds I know! Insane. Really. 

Kids these days. I did say the same of my kids when they were young. It’s true. 
I knew they were quite intelligent little people too, obviously, but god… the kids nowadays! 

My niece and nephew and basically kids in general see the world different then us adults do. It’s refreshing really.
Remember how it was when we were growing up? How we used to see the world? We had the imaginations of damn genius’ and we didn’t even know it! No inhibitions, no fear, and ohmigod our determination! 

That’s what I love about spending time with these wonderful little hams… they give us the opportunity to see the world through their eyes and their minds.
They make us feel young alive and alert. To think of things differently then we might have otherwise. 

You know that saying, kids keep you young, or is it that kids age you? It could be both couldn’t it?  
In any regard, I love being around them even if they completely exhaust me because I’m getting old! 
They remind me to loosen up, not sweat the small stuff and to enjoy the moment.The present. The now.
They are brilliant. Just bloody brilliant.

IMG_4028gg22We had a blast decorating our Easter eggs. We decided to up the ante again this year and try new things. This time we used acrylic paints and added sparkles! Bam! 
Of all of the eggs we decorated the l’il chicky one Natasha is holding is our favourite!
Awwww! Like how cute is that? 

We hope you have the most fabulous Easter day whether it’s spent with family and friends or if it’s very low key. Whatever it is you choose to do today, take time to smell the roses. No really, the flowers are blooming everywhere! Take a moment and appreciate what’s around you. In the now.
That’s all we have is right now. Love every single minute! 

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What are some of your Easter traditions?

Happy Easter!
Laura & Natasha xo