Sunday, 29 May 2016

Scrumptious coconuty bounty cupcakes

Inspired by the classic coconut sweet, these cupcakes are choc full of coconuty goodness, with a delicious chocolate and coconut base, and a sweet coconut buttercream on top, it's a tasty cupcake tribute to the delicious Bounty bar.

  100g self raising flour
  40g cocoa powder
  140g caster sugar
  40g butter
  1 tsp baking powder
  1 egg
  30g coconut milk block*
  100ml boiling water*
*if you have coconut milk you can substitute these with 120ml of coconut milk

For the buttercream
  70g butter
  190g icing sugar
  30g grated coconut milk block

Pre heat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4 and line a cupcake tray with 12 cases.

If your using the coconut milk block, fill a jug up with boiling water and add the coconut milk block, stirring to mix together and break it down. Leave aside for later.

Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and butter to a fine sandy consistency.

Whisk the egg in a jug and add to the dry mixture, along with some of the coconut milk mixture - or coconut milk if you have it. Blend them together, and gradually add the remaining coconut milk, mixing it to combine to a loose, smooth mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the cases, filling each around 2/3 full. To create the perfect flat top for decorating, turn the oven down a notch (i.e 150c for a fan oven), and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Leave the cupcakes aside to cool, then start to prepare your buttercream. Beat together the butter with half of the icing sugar until well combined, add the remaining icing sugar and bring it together. Next, add in the grated coconut milk block and blend this until well combined. Add the milk, and the mixture should start to loosen, you'll have a slightly stiff but smooth buttercream, that tastes very sweet thanks to the coconut milk block.

Spoon the mixture on top of each cupcake, using a palette knife to swirl it around the top of each cupcake until evenly covered. Top with a little grated coconut milk block to finish off.

Best eaten: These cupcakes are deliciously light and sweet, so they'll go down rather quickly. To give your cupcakes a boozy grown up touch try adding a shot of Malibu to the cake mix, you really won't want to share them then..