Snow Globes

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
1 hr 5 min
30 min
10 min

12 servings

  • For the cupcakes:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons strong brewed coffee or espresso
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the frosting:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and coat a 12-cup mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into a small bowl.

  • Beat the egg yolk and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a medium bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and thick, about 2 minutes. Beat in 2 teaspoons coffee and the vanilla. Fold in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just incorporated.

  • Beat the egg white in a separate bowl with clean beaters on medium speed until foamy. Increase the speed to medium high and gradually add the remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; beat until stiff shiny peaks form, about 3 minutes.

  • Stir about one-third of the beaten egg white into the batter with a rubber spatula, then gently fold in the rest. Divide the batter evenly among the mini-muffin cups, filling them halfway. Bake until the cupcakes are golden brown and spring back when pressed, about 10 minutes. Poke a few holes into each with a toothpick, then brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon coffee. Remove to a rack and let cool completely.

  • Make the frosting: Beat the butter and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on low speed until combined, then increase the speed to medium high and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes; add the mascarpone and beat until just incorporated. Beat in the vanilla.

  • Spread the coconut on a plate. Cover each cupcake completely with a thick layer of frosting, then roll in the coconut. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.

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  • Photograph by Kang Kim

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