Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Coconut

What do you do when you're snowbound?  For me there is something so comforting about staying in and cooking and baking when there's a storm or in this case, a blizzard outside.  It's 6pm and it has been snowing this entire fact, it is still coming down.  I decided to look for a recipe for cupcakes that 1) Steve will enjoy and 2) that I have all the ingredients to make.  I found this cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart.  I decided to use it because it didn't call for special chocolate, just simple cocoa powder.  I think that it could have used some additional chocolate flavoring such as melted chocolate chips (which I had). The flavor was good and they were very moist but it wasn't that chocolaty.  I decided on a cream cheese frosting because I had cream cheese that had to be used this week or I was going to have to toss it.  So there you go!  Oh and the addition of the coconut was simply because I just found out (after 4 years!!!) that Steve really likes coconut.  Who knew?!?  I picked some up last week so I can make him something.  Isn't he lucky? haha

Chocolate Cupcakes
by Martha Stewart,

Makes 12 Cupcakes


8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a standard 12-cup muffin pan, or use paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla, and mix until combined. On low speed, beat in half the flour mixture, followed by milk; end with remaining flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated (do not overmix).

Divide batter among prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 22 to 24 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan, 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost with your choice of icing.

Cream Cheese Frosting
by Martha Stewart,


8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound (4 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, and then vanilla; mix until smooth. Frosting can be refrigerated for up to 3 days; before using, bring to room temperature, and beat until smooth.

Frost cupcakes and top with toasted coconut.  

Note :  I used a makeshift piping bag (freezer bag) to put the frosting on and it was fun.  It was my first time doing it and I'm definitely awkward when it comes to decorating cakes and cupcakes but you get the idea.



Sophie said...

Yep, he's a lucky guy! Chocolate and cream cheese sounds like a winning combo.

I was totally expecting snow today! We only got an inch, max.

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh, I should not be looking at this when I'm hungry! YUM! Looks fabulous!
xoxo Pattie

dawn said...

I pray I am not stuck inside all day tomorrow. I get cabin fever in less than 2 hours. LOL
Love the addition of coconut.

Bridgett said...

I love this recipe from Martha and your cupcakes have me craving another! Wow, these are just perfect.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I love chocolate and coconut together. Looks delicious! I would love to have one of those cupcakes right now!

We have been getting hit hard by the snow lately at the Jersey Shore! Still snowing... I need warm weather :)

Nicole Marie said...

uhh you're killing me!! yum!!

Bob said...

Baking while it's snowing is a good time. The cupcakes look great, cream cheese frosting is the bomb.

Mary said...

Yum! Hope you get out of the snow soon.

Kim said...

These cupcakes are the perfect way to stay trapped inside all day. Your cream cheese frosting looks incredibly smooth.

Patti T. said...

Darn, I have been stuck inside with 4 feet of snow outside. I decided to bake bread, this sure would have tasted better.

Culinary Alchemist said...

OOO I totally want dessert now... LOL YUM!

Danielle said...

YUM! You know, I made a chocolate cake not that long ago that could've used more chocolate flavor too. Cocoa powder just isn't enough.

EAT! said...

I picked up the MS cookbook and have tried a coouple recipes. Your cupcakes look amazing - time to give them a try!

Steph said...

These sound so yummy...I'm obsessed with cupcakes!!! I'll have to try them:)