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Italian Cream Cupcakes


For the Cupcakes

8 Tbsp (4 oz.) Land O’ Lakes unsalted butter, room temperature

¾ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup Domino brown sugar

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup buttermilk

2 tsp vanilla extract

1¾ cups pecans, toasted + chopped (divided)

1 cup coconut flakes


For the Cream Cheese Frosting

¾ cup coconut flakes

12 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature

12 Tbsp (6 oz.) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

3–3 ½ cups powdered sugar

{optional garnish} maraschino cherries


For the Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line standard muffin pan with paper liners; set aside.

Using a countertop mixer, cream together butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes on medium speed).

Add egg and egg yolk; mix until just combined.

In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt). In another bowl, whisk together the liquid ingredients (buttermilk and vanilla).

Add ½ of the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl; mix on low speed until fully combined. Add ½ of the liquid ingredients; mix on low until fully combined. Repeat with remaining dry and liquid ingredients.

Once all ingredients have been added, scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula and mix on medium speed until batter is smooth.

Fold in coconut flakes and 1 cup of the toasted, chopped pecans. (Note: The remaining pecans will be used to garnish tops of cupcakes.)

Divide the batter evenly among cupcake liners. Bake at 350°F for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out mostly clean.

Let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.


For the Cream Cheese Frosting
Spread the coconut flakes out on a baking sheet; bake at 350°F for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. (Tip: Watch coconut closely as it can burn quickly!) Set toasted coconut flakes aside.

Using a countertop mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter until fully combined.

Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar (½ cup at a time) until frosting reaches desired consistency.

Beat on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes, or until fluffy.

Once cupcakes are completely cool, fill piping bag with frosting and decorate as desired. (Note: I used a Wilton 1M large star tip.)

Garnish tops of cupcakes with toasted coconut and reserved chopped pecans.

{Optional} Garnish cupcakes with maraschino cherry before serving.


Source : allrecipes.com