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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

cherry coconut cupcakes

howdy, ya'll!
last week was my mother-in-law's birthday
& to celebrate,
i made cherry coconut cupcakes!

not only are these the most adorable cupcakes
to take pictures of,
but they're pretty darn tasty, too!

cherry coconut cupcakes

{for 12 cupcakes}
1/2 C butter, softened
generous 1/2 C sugar
2 Tbs milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
scant 5/8 C self rising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2/3 C dry, unsweetened coconut
4 oz maraschino cherries, quartered
12 whole maraschino cherries {with stems} to decorate

4 Tbs vegetable shortening
1 C powdered sugar
1 Tbs cherry juice

1. preheat oven to 350 f. line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners.

2. put the butter & sugar in a bowl & beat together until light & fluffy. stir in the milk. gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition. sift in the flour & baking powder & fold them in with the coconut. gently fold in the quartered cherries.

3. divide batter evenly between the liners.

4. bake 20-25 minutes, or until well risen, golden brown, & firm to the touch. transfer to a a wire rack & let cool.

5. for the frosting, put the shortening in a bowl & beat until fluffy. sift in the powdered sugar & beat together until well mixed, gradually beating in the cherry juice.

6. using a wilton 1m tip, pipe the buttercream on top of each cupcake, then add a maraschino to decorate.

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dowlings, out!


  1. MMM....yummy looking AND pretty! Like your new profile picture!

  2. I mean, I like your new profile picture, not that it's also yummy and pretty like the cupcakes - it's pretty, but yummy would be inappropriate coming from me don't you think? okay.....stopping now..... :) :) :)

  3. hahaha!!!!! :D thank you, lisa, for making my day!

  4. Hi Kristin,
    Your cupcakes look awesome. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and you have a great day!

  5. Beautiful! I have a little cherry monster who would love digging into those...probably all of them!

  6. They sure do look bright and cheery! I bet your mother-in-law loved them!

  7. Those look totally cute. I bet the birthday was a total hit because of these. I have a sweet treat linky party on my blog every weekend called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by then and link your cupcakes up.

  8. these look delicious! love the cheery pink frosting.

  9. making these cupcakes made me feel more springy! they're so bright & fresh! thank goodness it's march! :D i had a serious case of the winter blues!

  10. Well these look simply delicious! Two tastes I love rolled into one cupcakes. Wonderful!