Vanilla Bean Coconut Cupcakes

When I go to cupcake bakeries, I always try their coconut cupcakes.  I just love the flavor of coconuts.  So, the other day I stumbled upon Bon Appétit’s Vanilla Bean Coconut cupcake recipe and had to try it.  I will say that the coconut flavor was not as intense as I would have preferred and at first, it tasted quite bland.  However, after refrigerating it for a few hours, I ate one cold, and it was delightful.  The sugar wasn’t as overpowering as it was at room temperature so I was able to taste the coconut flavor a bit more.  I’m not sure why that is, but if you know, please enlighten me.  I used a cream cheese frosting instead of the one they had.  For the full recipe, please visit  Bon Appétit’s website.

Vanilla Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

1 package of cream cheese – 8 oz (soften)

1 stick of butter – ½ cup (soften)

2 cups of powder sugar

1 vanilla bean (scrap seeds into frosting)

3 tbsp of condense coconut milk

½ tsp of coconut extract

Mix everything together.  Chill before piping on cupcakes.

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