Summer Cakes on a Bleak Day

I bought these very cute and unique cupcake liners the other day but didn’t have any good ideas of when to use them. They’re just coloured but I felt like that had to be used for something special (hello, like everything I buy). I’d made pina colada cupcakes before when I wasn’t vegan and they were nice and cute and summery…Today I felt like I needed something like that, and that these liners would be perfect. So here they are: Fancy Pina Colada Cupcakes with Coconut Glaze and Toasted Coconut.

Pina Colada Cupcakes

1/3 cup canola oil

½ cup white sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

½ cup crushed coconut, with juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ¼ cup flour

1 tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ cup chopped candied pineapple

½ cup shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a cupcake pan with liners.

Combine oil and sugars and mix until smooth.

Add crushed pinapple, coconut milk and vanilla.

Sift in dry ingredietns, mix, then fold in candied pinapple and coconut.

Scoop liners 2/3 full (I use NSF #20 scoop for this) and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool. Prepare glaze and toasted coconut.

Coconut Glaze

2 tbsp coconut milk

1 ½ tbsp earth balance buttery spread (or other vegan margarine)

½ cup powdered sugar

Combine coconut milk and margarine in a small pot over a medium low heat.

When margarine is melted, add powdered sugar.

Turn heat to minimum and whisk until smooth.

Remove from heat.

Toasted Coconut

½ cup shredded coconut

Place coconut in a frying pan and place on a low heat.

Stir continuously until the coconut is browned.

Remove from heat and let cool.

To Assemble: Once cupcakes have cooled, coat with one teaspoon of glaze and sprinkle with coconut.

Fancy Pina Colada Cupcakes with Coconut Glaze and Toasted Coconut

Pina Colada Cupcakes

1/3 cup canola oil

½ cup white sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

½ cup crushed coconut, with juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ¼ cup flour

1 tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ cup chopped candied pineapple

½ cup shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a cupcake pan with liners.

Combine oil and sugars and mix until smooth.

Add crushed pinapple, coconut milk and vanilla.

Sift in dry ingredietns, mix, then fold in candied pinapple and coconut.

Scoop liners 2/3 full (I use NSF #20 scoop for this) and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool. Prepare glaze and toasted coconut.

Coconut Glaze

2 tbsp coconut milk

1 ½ tbsp earth balance buttery spread (or other vegan margarine)

½ cup powdered sugar

Combine coconut milk and margarine in a small pot over a medium low heat.

When margarine is melted, add powdered sugar.

Turn heat to minimum and whisk until smooth.

Remove from heat.

Toasted Coconut

½ cup shredded coconut

Place coconut in a frying pan and place on a low heat.

Stir continuously until the coconut is browned.

Remove from heat and let cool.

To Assemble: Once cupcakes have cooled, coat with one teaspoon of glaze and sprinkle with coconut.

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