Saturday, August 4, 2012

Coconut and Lime Cupcakes

We used to make a coconut and lime cake with a lemon-lime syrup when we were younger, and it was my favourite kind of cake. The syrup adds extra bursts of flavour. 
I haven't made it at all since being at university, so this summer I bought a bag of dessicated coconut so that I could make it. 
Then I thought 'what about turning it into cupcakes?' and ta dah! The coconut-lime cupcakes with a lemon-lime syrup and lemon butter icing were made. 

I split my cupcake mixture into two, one half had coconut, and the other didn't. I definitely preferred them with the coconut, but I also had to cater for the fussy people!

- 125g butter
- 125g caster sugar
- Zest of half a lime
- 2 eggs
- 150g self-raising flour (or 150g all-purpose flour plus 1 tsp baking powder)
- 60g dessicated sweetened coconut (Can be left out if you don't like coconut)

- Zest of half a lime
- Juice of two limes (make the icing before you make the syrup)
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 100g caster sugar

- 75g butter
- 125g icing sugar
- Zest of 3/4 a lime

Lime Zest Curls
- 1/4 lime zest, peeled and chopped into thin strips (see pictures)
- 2 tbsp caster sugar, sprinkled onto a plate

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a muffin tray with 12 cupcake cases.
2. Cream the butter for as long as you can with a fork, or an electric whisk.
3. Add the sugar and lime zest, mix.
4. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
5. Sift in the flour in and mix again. Stir in the coconut.
6. Put a tablespoon of batter into each cupcake case. There should be enough for about 13 cupcakes, or 12 and some batter for you to lick up!
7. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

8. While the cakes are cooling, start to make the icing. Cream the butter until it is pale and fluffy, either with a fork or an electric whisk. 
9. Add the icing sugar and lime zest. Mix it together s-l-o-w-l-y at first so that icing sugar doesn't fly everywhere!!

10. Cut the lime into super thin strips like the picture below.

11. Make up the syrup with the sugar, lime zest, lime juice and lemon juice. Heat it in a saucepan gently, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lime strips. Boil the syrup for 5 minutes, or until it has thickened. Remember it will thicken more when it cools.

12. Remove the lime strips from the syrup and roll them in sugar that is sprinkled over the plate.

13. Poke holes into the top of the cupcakes with a cocktail stick. Carefully spoon the syrup onto each cupcake. You can add another spoonful of syrup onto it when the previous spoonful of syrup has soaked in.

14. When your cakes and syrup are cooled, decorate them with the icing, either piping it on or spread it on with a knife!

Let me know if you make these, and what you think of them!

Zoe x

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