Chocolate Almond Cupcake with Coconut Frosting

Chocolate Almond Cupcake with Coconut Frosting

Serves
Prep Time
Cook Time
18 - 24 Cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 cup La Tourangelle Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
3/4 cup blanched almonds
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 cups toasted coconut shredded
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 (13 1/2-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk, stirred
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Prepare large muffin pans, and turn oven on to 350 degrees.

In food processor, process almonds and 1/2 cup sugar until finely ground. Add 2 cups toasted shredded coconut. Transfer mixture to medium bowl and whisk in flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In metal bowl, set over pan of barely simmering water, melt chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

Using electric mixer, beat La Tourangelle Coconut Oil and remaining 1 cup sugar at high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add melted chocolate and beat at moderate speed until incorporated. Add 1/2 of flour mixture and mix at low speed until nearly smooth. Add coconut milk and vanilla and mix at low speed until blended. Add remaining flour mixture and mix at low speed until smooth. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling almost to top.

Bake until tester inserted in center of 1 cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pans on racks. Pour remaining shredded coconut into 9-inch-square baking dish. Run small knife around edges of pans and unmold cakes. Spread frosting on cakes and sprinkle with the toasted coconut.

Coconut Frosting:

1 pound (two 8-ounce packages) cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted
¾ cup shredded coconut…(toast at 350 for 2-4 minutes, watching carefully so as not to burn)

Cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract. Medium-low speed for about 2 minutes. Slowly add the powdered sugar while the mixer is on low and mix until smooth. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the toasted coconut.