Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves12
  • DifficultyEasy
170g unsalted butter, at room temperature
200g granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
1 heaped tsp grated key lime zest
1 1/2 tbsp key lime juice (bottled or freshly squeezed)
210g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp salt
120ml buttermilk
100g sweetened coconut flakes

For the icing

140g good quality white chocolate, chopped into small chunks
110g unsalted butter, room temperature
440g cups icing sugar, sifted
Pinch salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla essence
1 tbsp key lime juice (bottled or freshly squeezed)
60ml sour cream
Finely grated key lime zest, for garnish
1) Preheat oven to 170C/Gas 3. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper baking cases.

2) In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.

3) Add the vanilla essence, key lime zest and juice and mix well. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

4) In 5 parts total, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold the coconut into the cupcake batter.

5) Fill each baking case almost to the top with batter. A spring loaded ice cream scoop works great for this and ensures the cupcakes are all the same size.

6) Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops begin to brown and a cocktail stick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a baking rack to cool completely.

Icing:
1) While the cupcakes are cooling make the icing. In a small heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, carefully and slowly melt the white chocolate. Remove from the heat and allow to cool until just slightly warm.

2) Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, gradually add the icing sugar until well combined.

3) Add the salt, vanilla essence, key lime juice and sour cream and mix until very smooth. Add the melted white chocolate and mix just until incorporated.

4) Ice the cupcakes and garnish with a sprinkling of grated key lime zest. Enjoy!

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