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Toasted Coconut Nest Cupcakes

These toasted coconut nest cupcakes are the perfect quick and easy treat for your Spring or Easter celebration.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Nina Hendrick

Ingredients

Classic Vanilla Cake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup room temp or softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup of milk or creamer

Basic Buttercream Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened/room temperature
  • 1 lb half a bag of confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Light CreamToasted Coconut Nest Ingredients
  • 2 cups flake sweetened coconut
  • egg candies I used these

Instructions

Classic Vanilla Cake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Cream together butter and sugar in stand mixer. Add eggs one at a time until combined. Mix in vanilla.
  • Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add to wet batter in thirds alternating with milk/cream. You may find that you don't need all of the milk/cream, or you may find you need to add more. You want a loose consistency.
  • Scoop batter into cupcake liners until they are 3/4 full. Bake for 22 minutes.

Basic Buttercream Instructions

  • Beat butter and confectioner's sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer until fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and light cream, if needed.
  • The consistency of your buttercream should be similar to peanut butter. Add additional sugar or cream to achieve the desired result.
  • Pipe buttercream around just the perimeter of the cupcakes. Toasted Coconut Nest Instructions
  • Add your coconut to a small skillet, and turn your heat to medium-low.
  • The oil from the flakes is sufficient for browning. Stir constantly until lightly toasted.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Press the cooled coconut into the frosting to create the "nests".
  • Add 2-3 egg candies. 

Notes

You can also add a filling like raspberry jam to the center of the cupcakes once they are cooled, but before frosting.