Thursday, June 10, 2010

Coconut Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Almond Icing

So my birthday is tomorrow and I really wanted to do something different for a birthday cake.  I love making cupcakes, they are super easy and look cute!  I decided to recreate one of my favorite candy bars, an almond joy.  I went with a coconut cupcake and dark chocolate almond icing, why...meh because it sounded good.  *grin*

The cupcakes are from Martha Stewart's Cupcake book.  This was a nice and fluffy cupcake that baked up nicely and was airy, not dense.  Perfect for summer.  I bet this would be smashing with a pineapple icing also.  Kinda Pina Cola type pairing. 

You can find the recipe on her blog here but here is a quick run down on how to do it. 

Cream 3/4 cup butter and 1 1/3 cup sugar.  Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg whites one at a time.  Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.  Add 2 teaspoons baking powder.  Shred 1/2 cup packed sweetened coconut in food processor.  Mine was already shredded but I did it till it was smaller pieces.  Add to mixture.  Add 3/4 cup flour and 1/2 of the coconut milk (3/4c unsweetened coconut milk total).  Add remaining 1 cup flour and remaining coconut milk.  Spoon into cupcake tins and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.  I got 24 cupcakes from this recipe. 

The icing I made up as I went.  I creamed 1/4 cup Crisco and 1/4 cup butter.  I added 1 cup of cocoa, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extract.  Then slowly added 1/3 cup of milk and 2 1/2-3 cups powdered sugar.  Because I wanted to make it extra almond/chocolaty I added 1/4 c of Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (found with the peanut butters)

It was yummy with and without so if you don't want to splurge on this you won't be missing out too much. 

To finish the cupcakes I sprinkled toasted coconut on top.  Let me say that it is like the grown up version of an almond joy.  Lite cupcake, rich icing, nut coconut.  All around yummy goodness!

Let's hope these bad boys make it till my birthday tomorrow!

1 3/4c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c shredded sweetened coconut (shredded more in food processor)
1 1/4c unsalted butter
1 1/3c sugar
2 eggs plus 2 egg whites
3/4c UNsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla and salt.  Add baking powder and coconut.  Alternate adding flour and coconut milk.  Spoon into tins and bake at 350 for 20 min. 

Dark Chocolate Almond Icing

1/4c Crisco (shortening)
1/4c unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1/3c milk
2 1/2-3c powdered sugar
1/4c dark chocolate almond butter (optional)

Cream shortening and butter.  Add extracts and milk.  Add almond butter.  Add powdered sugar. 

Top cupcakes with toasted coconut.  (To toast put a thin layer on a cookie sheet and place in 450 over.  Stir every 2 minutes till toasted)
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Double Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies

These are deadly, they should be illegal because they are so good!  These are not your grandmother's cookies.  They are rich, decadent and you will not want to share them.  Hide them...hide them well!

To start cream 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of sugar.  Add 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 teaspoon salt to the mix.  Beat in 2 eggs (one at a time).  Then add 6 tablespoons cocoa...yes six, yes I know it is a lot, just do it.  Then add 1 teaspoon baking soda and finally 1 1/2 cups flour.  Then fold in 1 cup butterscotch chips and 1/2 c mini chocolate chips.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet at back at 325 for about 13 minutes.  Move them to a cooling rack and let them cool.  Now when no one is looking sneak a cookie.  Take a bite and die, then get back up and sneak another one.  By the time the cookies are cool there will be no more left so you need to go back to the beginning and start over again. 

Seriously these are so good.  They are a soft, chewy cookie that bursts with chocolate and butterscotch flavors.  Definitely not a boring cookie!

Double Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies

1 stick unsalted butter (soft)
1c sugar
1 1/2tsp vanilla
1tsp salt
2 eggs
6tbsp cocoa
1tsp baking soda
1 1/2c flour
1c butterscotch chips
1/2c mini chocolate chips

Cream sugar and butter.  Add vanilla and salt.  Mix in 1 egg at a time.  Add cocoa and mix well.  Add flour.  Fold in chips and drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 for 13 minutes.  Move to a cooling rack and eat entire batch. 

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