Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate and Almonds

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 42 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 22 min
  • Yield: 24 servings
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Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

2 large eggs plus 4 egg whites, at room temperature

1 cup cream of coconut

1 teaspoon coconut extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups cake flour, sifted

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature

For the Topping

2 cups whole milk

1 14-ounce package shredded coconut

1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

For the Glaze and Garnish:

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

48 roasted almonds, for garnish

Directions

  1. Make the cupcakes: Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners. Whisk the whole eggs and egg whites in a large bowl. Whisk in the cream of coconut and the coconut and vanilla extracts until smooth.
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat in the butter, one piece at a time, with a mixer on low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 3 to 4 minutes. Add half of the egg mixture, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the remaining egg mixture until combined, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  3. Divide the batter among the prepared cups, filling each about halfway. Bake until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool in the pans 10 minutes; transfer to racks to cool completely.
  4. Make the topping: Combine the milk, coconut, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook until the milk is absorbed and the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. Make the glaze: Put the chocolate, corn syrup, butter and 3 tablespoons hot water in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave on 50 percent power until the chocolate melts, about 2 minutes. Whisk to combine. Keep warm.
  6. Top each cupcake with a heaping tablespoonful of the coconut mixture, pressing gently until compact. Spoon 1 teaspoon glaze on top and garnish with 2 almonds. Refrigerate until the glaze sets, about 20 minutes.