You know when you ponder on something for awhile, thinking, I think it will work, I think it will, I think it will… Well this was one of those moments. Experimenting in the kitchen at its very best. Why? Not because I think my cooking is the bees knees, but because the cupcakes turned out even better than I had hoped they would.
These are my favourite thing I have cooked this month. Moist with a hint of champagne. Melt on your tongue, fantastic straight from the oven or just as good a few days later. These were a hit with The Monkeys, neighbours, family and Mr Chocolate.
Vanilla Champagne Coconut Cupcakes
125 grams softened butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 vanilla pod scraped (or two tsp of essence)
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 beaten egg
1 1/2 cups s/r flour
1 cup bubbly champagne (sparkling wine)
Cream the butter sugar and vanilla together. Then add the egg, coconut and champagne. It should look a little like soggy bread crumbs. Then fold in the flour. Cook at 180 until just cooked.
I have done batches in mini cup cakes, cupcakes and whole cakes, just adjust the time according to size. Should be just firm on top, not golden as they will be too dry then.
(20 mins for cupcakes as a guideline.)