Do you love it as much as me when a cupcake recipe yields more than 24 cupcakes? I think it's pretty awesome, the more the better! Especially when they are this good! This recipe makes 30. These are coconut cupcakes with haupia (Hawaiian coconut pudding) filling, topped with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut. I think these are a unanimous favorite among my family and neighbors.
Coconut Cupcakes (adapted from Ina Garten and dobetter)
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 5 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Using a cupcake scoop, fill a prepared cupcake pan. This makes 30 cupcakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes then cool completely on a cooling rack.
You can fill the cupcakes with the haupia (recipe follows) two ways. The first time I made them I used the cone method and I think I prefer that way because you get a nice big dollop in the middle and when you bite into it it's pretty amazing. The second way to do it is to use a piping bag and just insert it to each cupcake and squirt as much haupia as the cupcake can handle (which isn't very much) and release. This way is definitely quicker which I like but I think the cone method is worth the extra time. You don't get a very full center of haupia but nonetheless it is still mouth watering.
Haupia: (via about.com)
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup whole milk
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 5 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp vanilla (if desired)
Directions:Pour one cup of coconut milk into a saucepan. Combine sugar and cornstarch stirring into coconut milk. (Add vanilla is desired) Heat over low stirring consistently until thickened. Add remainder of coconut milk and whole milk and continue to heat until thickened. Let cool completely to room temperature but do not chill (it will harden and you won't be able to pipe it into cupcakes). Fill each cupcake with about a little more than a tablespoon of haupia.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 package (8oz.) cream cheese (room temp.)
2 sticks butter (room temp.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup toasted sweetened shredded coconut for garnish
Beat cream cheese and butter together until fluffy about 3 minutes. Add Vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar. Beat an additional 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Top each cupcake with a big swirl then finish with toasted coconut.