I decided to be a bit adventurous this time and make coconut lime cupcakes with marshmallow icing.
The intention was to use the dessicated coconut that had been hanging around in the pantry since ages ago, but when it came to it I couldn’t find it anywhere. Maybe I’d already thrown it out because it was getting manky…
So I ended up using coconut essence, which isn’t the same, but it gave a nice subtle flavour.
We also bought a jar of Marshmallow Fluff when we were in the States a few years back. The hubby thought it was a great souvenir because it’s ‘so American’, but we didn’t really know what to do with it. Then on an episode of Good Eats, Alton Brown made some marshmallow fluff-type frosting, so that gave me another reason for baking these cupcakes.
My recipe is as follows, and as always it’s based on the basic Scout’s cupcake recipe.
Coconut Lime Cupcakes with Marshmallow Fluff Frosting
- 2 eggs
- fresh whipping cream
- 1/4 teaspon of vanilla essence
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- zest and juice of one lime
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut essence
- 1 cup of standard flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 50 grams softened butter
- dash of vanilla essence
- Half jar of Marshmallow Fluff
- Icing sugar
- Break eggs into a cup measure and fill to the top with cream.
- Pour into a large mixing bowl and beat on high with electric beaters for 1 minute.
- Add vanilla essence and caster sugar.
- Beat for another 3 minutes.
- Add the zest, lime juice and coconut essence, and beat for about 10 seconds to combine.
- Sift in standard flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt.
- Fold to combine taking care not to over mix.
- Spoon into 12 cupcake cases (you can make a few extra if the cases are over 3/4 full).
- Bake for about 15-18 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius until a skewer comes out clean.
- Remove from tins (they can be quite fragile for a few minutes after baking) and cool on wire racks.
To make frosting, whip the butter until light and fluffy using an electric beater. Add vanilla essence and Marshmallow Fluff and whisk well. Add about 1/4 cup icing sugar, and whisk again until well combined. Keep whisking in small amounts of icing sugar until you get a good fluffy frosting. You could also add in some lemon juice for a lemony icing.