09 May 2008

Toasted Coconut and Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Do you have dulce de leche and coconut in your fridge leftover from making a batch of your favorite alfajores?

Did you forget that you promised your coworkers another batch of cupcakes, and don't want to disappoint them?

Well these won't disappoint:

Toasted Coconut and Dulce de Leche Cupcakes
I like to make my coconut cake with a basic white cake- the neutral base allows to coconut flavor to come through.

1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 oz) butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites (1/2 cup egg whites)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 drops coconut extract
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1/2 cup dulce de leche or cajeta (recipe here)
3 tablespoons cream cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease or line your cupcake pans. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and toast until golden (watch carefully that it does not burn). Set aside to cool.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla and coconut extracts. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture then add half the milk mixture. Continue to alternate beginning and ending with flour mixture, until mixture is well combined. Set aside 1/4 of the coconut for topping. Working over the bowl, rub the remaining coconut between your palms so it is finely crumbled, stir the crumbled toasted coconut into the batter.
3. Fill cupcake pans 3/4 full. Bake cupcakes 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
4. Stir together dulce de leche and cream cheese until smooth. Spread on cupcakes, top with remaining toasted coconut.


May said...

The cupcakes looks really good, and the flavour combination sounds just too good! :)

grace said...

understatement of the day: these are spectacular. nicely done!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Ooooh, I can just taste those! Any chance of one for my afternoon cup of tea?

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

These look soooo good. I can almost tase the coconut and the sweet thick milk.

Anonymous said...

I love the toppings on these cupcakes!

Sara said...

YUM! I made these for dessert this evening and everyone loved them! These cupcakes are amazing...one of my friends even said it's the best thing I've ever baked!! :-D Thanks so much for the recipe.

Mackenzie McCreary said...

these sound like heaven. i love all of your recipes.