Snow Globes

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 5 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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