Coconut Birthday Cupcakes

On New Years Eve John's mom turned 70 (if only we could all look like she does at 70!!).  Anyway her one birthday request was that she wanted a coconut cake with white icing... Since the party I have had several requests for the recipe, sorry it has taken so long!  See recipe below photo–– 028














Photo: Kate Headley

CAKE: Makes 12 Cupcakes––1/2 cup all purpose unbleached flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1/3 cup spelt flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted), 1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup sugar, inside of 3 vanilla beans, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (plus extra for top of cakes)

Preheat oven to 350.  In a mixer combine the coconut milk, sugar, vanilla and coconut oil.  Add the 3 flours, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined.  Fold in the coconut and put in prepared cupcake molds.  Bake until a toothpick tests clean, about 20 minutes.  Let cool before icing.

ICING: 1 cup unrefined coconut oil, 3 cups powder sugar, inside of 2 vanilla beans, 3 tablespoons coconut milk (may need an additional tablespoon or 2 if icing is too thick)

In a mixer beat the coconut oil until smooth.  Turn mixer to low and add powdered sugar, vanilla and coconut milk 1 tablespoon at a time.  If the icing seems extremely thick add an additional tablespoon or two of coconut milk.  Beat on high for 2 minutes.

Ice cooled cakes with a thin layer of icing and top with coconut flakes.