So most of the time I am not a big fan of cupcakes. I know crazy, right? Well truth be told, I’d much rather have a piece of cake. Why you ask? Well, I find that so many bakeries pump out these dry and way too sweet cupcakes. When I found this recipe from Ina Garten I knew I had to make it. First of all, because Ina can do no wrong in my book and second because Matthew is a major coconut fan and every once in a while I like to do something sweet for him! These coconut cupcakes were unbelievable! Moist, flavorful and perfectly sweetened! Ina is a genius. Enough said.
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut
For the frosting:
1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold in 7 ounces of coconut.
Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each liner to the top with batter. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.
Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.
Seriously if you like cupcakes, especially coconut cupcakes you have to make this recipe! You’ll thank me for it. I’m not even that into coconut and I was smiling my way through every bite, so hopefully that tells you something!
What are your plans this weekend? You know, besides making these cupcakes? 🙂
As you probably already know, fall is the best time to have candles in your home! From pumpkin spice to apple cider, there are so many amazing scents to make your home truly smell like fall. To take the cozy fall vibes up a notch, click here to read all about fall home decor! I love this time of year and I think it’s really fun t to make your home feel like the season. I have rounded up the 12 best fall candles that make your house smell like autumn, PLUS additional cozy home decor items you are sure to love! BTW, all of these candles have great reviews, so I hope they will not disappoint.
What is fall without pumpkin? This pumpkin chai candle will give your home an amazing scent with a blend of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, Cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon! This is a special-edition candle and at a great price so you definitely don’t want to pass this one up.
This candle is really unique because it’s not just the typical apple cider we are all familiar with. Instead it contains autumn’s favorite aromas: ceylon cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and allspice. All of fall’s best scents in one chic candle!
This candle not only looks gorgeous, but is a delicious blend of amber resin, sandalwood, cedar and vanilla bloom which is sure to warm your home. The design of the candle is inspired by Japanese art and has such a pretty floral design!
Not only does this candle have scents of honey, but also looks like a honeycomb which is so cute! Spiced Honey features ginger, lemon, and vanilla with notes of honey and coconut milk with a hint of acacia wood and musk. Check out the two other scents!
This is the cutest mini candle I have ever seen! I love the smell of pumpkin and this one is perfect for your home and even as gifts. This creamy scent of pumpkin also has hints of vanilla and cinnamon.
Flowers are my absolute favorite and this candle is the perfect floral candle. I love the variety of botanical lids on these candles and they will look so beautiful in your home! They come in different scents: woodsy, floral, and fresh!
This nude candle is so aesthetically pleasing, and has amazing reviews! This scent includes a combination of green leaves, vanilla, eucalyptus, moss wood, and grapefruit. This candle is a great one to have in your cozy home!
Meal planning really is so helpful!! Not only is it just a great way to organize the recipes you want to make, but it saves time and money, and allows you to consistently make healthy meals for you and your family. This is especially important for those that have little ones running around to entertain like me! Meal planning can be a great way to help your health and fitness journey too, so keep reading for my meal planning process and for some of my favorite recipes.
Welcome to M Loves M! My name is Mara and I created this lifestyle site in 2009 as a place to share my love of fashion, beauty, food and entertaining. I live in Los Angeles with my husband Matthew, our baby boy, and our dog Ginger. I strive to create a site that’s relatable to women, while also being inspirational. I’m so glad you stopped by!