Sep

7

2009

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Coconut Cupcakes

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Coconut Cupcakes-Duo Dishes

Ina Garten rocks our socks.  She spends her life between Manhattan and the Hamptons, she’s hanging out with Jeffrey and friends for lunch, her food always looks amazing.  How can you not want to be her best friend?  Many folks know her as Barefoot Contessa, but from time to time, we like to just refer to her as Ina.  Do we know her like that?  Of course not!  It’s just something about her way of relating to you each time you see her brown bobbed head on TV that makes you feel like you know her.  We would like to adopt her into our family.  Or maybe she will take us under her wing and invite us out for sour cream coffee cake and whipped hot chocolate.  We can dream!  In the meantime, we can give a few of her tried and true recipes a whirl and hope she’d approve.

Apparently these cupcakes were the hit of her store.  At least that’s what we read in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.  They were a hit with us too.  Of course, we made a couple of changes, starting with halving the quantities and reducing the sugar and coconut a bit.  We also added a hint of lime and ginger to the cake itself and omitted the almond extract in the frosting.  No matter, they were nothing but delicious.  Ina, if you see this, just know we want to hang out.  And we’ll bring the cupcakes!

Coconut Cupcakes – 1 dozen (adapted from Barefoot Contessa)

Cupcakes
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temp
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Zest of 1 lime, minced
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 ounces shredded sweetened coconut, plus more for rolling

Frosting
1/2 pound cream cheese, room temp
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 pound powdered sugar, sifted

1.  Using an electric mixer, cream butter, zest and sugar until fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time followed by vanilla and almond extract.

2.  In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger.  Starting with dry ingredients, alternately add to creamed butter along with buttermilk, ending with dry ingredients.  Mix until just combined. Fold in coconut.

3. Spoon batter into lined cupcake tins and bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the tops are brown and cake bounces back upon touch. Take tray out of the oven, cool cupcakes 10 minutes in tins, then remove and cool completely on a baking rack.

4.  When ready to frost, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth.  Sift in powered sugar and mix until well combined.

5.  Frost cupcakes, and if desired, roll in extra shredded coconut.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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  1. MMMMMM,…thse little treats look fab!! Delicious too!

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  2. I like Ina, too.

    Love the cupcakes you made.

    Paz

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  3. These cupcakes are wonderful and look too delicious. I love coconut and must try them.

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  4. LOVE Ina Garten’s recipes!! Those cupcakes look divine :)

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  5. I own all of her cookbooks and TiVo her show. I absolutely love her cooking style and entertaining ideas. Also, how could you not want a barn like that????

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  6. I have never made anything by Ina Garten, which is ridiculous since I have watched her shows so many times at the gym. Her food is just so classic that you know it has to be delicious. Your cupcakes look so pretty.

    I love coconut so I shall have to make these. I like your changes a lot as well!

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  7. You’ve done it again duo, improved on the already
    stunning, added to my must do list!!

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  8. Yep, I call her Ina too…very nice, I have not tried these yet!

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  9. These definitely look insulin worthy!

    I call her Ina – but sometimes she’s SO relaxed on her show, I almost fall asleep!

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  10. I love Ina too. She is such an accurate and elegant cook!! :) Love these cupcakes.. very yummy.. I think these would look great on a holiday dessert table!! “_

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  11. I would love to have Ina as a buddy…she’s the best. And these cupcakes of hers are my absolute favorite!!! I have made them numerous times, and they are always a hit and so addicting. I will have to get creative next time and try your additions! Looks wonderful!

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  12. Imagine if she blogged and responded to this! I was in the Hamptons not too long ago, unfortunately it wasn’t near where she lives. But this recipe looks awesome – I love coconut. I would reduce the sugar as well because I don’t like overly-sweet things.

    http://www.ohonemorething.wordpress.com

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  13. I love Ina. She just makes some really really awesome stuff!

    Those coconut cupcakes look so goo right about now. Yum!!!!

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  14. sound amazing, I have a hard time saying no to anything with coconut.

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  15. These cupcakes are simply darling!

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  16. Oh my they look good. They would be a hit at my place.

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  17. I love Ina too, she’s so personable and down-to-earth. Very approachable indeed, you do feel like you know her somehow.
    These looks fantastic, no wonder they were a hit!

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  18. What yummy treats these are with all that fluffy coconut! So delicious!

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  19. LOVE her recipes! Just made her spaghetti and meatballs tonight. These cupcakes look exquisite. Bet they were tasty!

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  20. She’s always making these yuumy desserts!

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  21. Man, I wish my girlfriend liked coconut. I love it, but never get to use it. The cupcakes look awesome!

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  22. I love The Barefoot Contessa!!!! You guys did a great job with those cupcakes :) Ina would be proud!

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  23. Delicious looking cupcakes, love the coconut flavor!

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  24. I love Ina Garten’s recipes. She truly is THE domestic goddess in the kitchen! Classic dishes that will impress even the pickiest of palates — ie. mine. ;)

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  25. These cupcakes look so cute…like the presentation with the coconut flakes on it :-) I wish I could have one, only one…

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  26. What incredible coconut cupcakes you have here! I like Ina’s cooking style as well. She seems to make everything look sophisticated and delicious no matter how simple.

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  27. I agree, I love Ina! Her food always looks so good, and her style is definitely simple, yet elegant. She always has a good time! These cupcakes look delicious!

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  28. I am also a big fan of Ina’s food, and she is one of the few remaining people on Food Network who is a real food professional, so extra points for that. And I looooove coconut goodies, so these are right up my alley. I also like that you lowered the sugar… no need to go into diabetic shock just for a cupcake!!

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  29. oh yum! this reminds me I’m out of coconut! I need to pick some up!

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  30. Ina’s the best! These cupcakes look fantastic!

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  31. Oh, how I’d love to wrap my lips around that coconutty goodness.

    Me likey Ina too.

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  32. Interesting. I’m an almond extract junkie – literally – but I might have had the same thought about omitting it, given the coconut.

    These cupcakes look like they would be just perfect for an after-school snack!

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  33. this is so funny! i was planning on making the same exact cupcakes tonight. ina never fails.

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  34. I love ina. I’ve made these before, they were so good and such a hit with people. I still get occasional requests for them.

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  35. Looks great!!! I love Ina too… in my next lifetime I wanna come back as INA!!!!! thanks for sharing…

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  36. God, I’ve spent years imagining being adopted by Ina. That Hampton’s kitchen/garden! Those perfectly clad dinner guests! Sigh, I guess a girl can dream. Cupcakes look fab!

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  37. I’ve perfected this recipe to where it is a ‘home run’ everytime. This is one good cupcake. Love the red in the photo…he cupcakes pop on the screen…

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  38. She’s really something special, isn’t she? I share your love – I could watch her show every single day.

    And your mini coconut masterpieces look scrumptious!! Her recipes are probably my very favorite to follow.

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  39. Those looks so good, Ina is fantastic!

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