Cute Snowmen Coconut Cupcakes

Monday, January 7, 2008
The best coconut cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting and snowmen marshmallows. 

Coconut Cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup milk

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon coconut extract

2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
12 snowmen marshmallows (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 (regular-sized) muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and sugar until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Beat in extracts, eggs, and oil, and beat an additional 1 minute, or until well combined.
Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually beat in flour mixture and milk (alternating), until just combined.

Divide the batter into muffin cups, filling full. Bake at 350 degrees F, for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cupcakes comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, before removing cupcakes to a wire rack, to cool completely.

To make the frosting, beat together cream cheese and butter, in a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, until creamy, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in confectioners' sugar, and coconut extract, until just combined. Increase mixer speed to medium, and beat frosting for an additional 2 minutes.

Spread frosting over cupcakes, and dip cupcakes into flaked coconut. Top with a marshmallow!

Yield: 12 regular cupcakes

28 comments on "Cute Snowmen Coconut Cupcakes"
  1. Hola Emiline! Doesn't the weather influence us a lot? I can't stand cloudy/rainy days (more than 3 in a row)... I get depressed! Thank God I live in Spain... So I'm blowing some of our good weather to you so that you have a nice day!

    Lovely desserts! And yes, very nice pictures!

  2. I've reloaded and refreshed and I still can't see the first pic and I want to, I want to :)

  3. Too cute. I'm seeing green coconut and jelly beans for Easter!

  4. First of all - I love coconut and these sound amazing!!

    Second, that snowman brought back so many memories! One of the last roommates I had before I got married started this game with a snowman peep. She would hide it in our condo, and once I found it, I would hide it. It would usually take a few days before one of us found it. The game went on for months, and that poor peep turned as hard as a rock. I don't know why we got such a kick out of it - my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) thought we were crazy. An immature thing for a couple of 20-somethings to do, but we had fun with it!! Now she lives across the country from me, so this brought back lots of good memories.

  5. Very Very cute, Emiline! Were they tasty? :)

  6. Nuria- I will take your weather from Spain. I would love to visit there.

    Cynthia- I don't know...maybe it is fixed. I could see it.

    Anj- Yes! Good idea. Just swap out the snowmen for regular peeps, or the bunny peeps.

    Deb- Me too!
    That is a funny story. That sounds like something my sister and I would do. I can only imagine how tough that Peep was. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Emiline -- these sound great but the pictures won't load on my computer! Oh well -- i'm sure they are delicious!

  8. Goodness, that Peep was perfect on its own! But your cupcake does look tasty.

    I think I remember a cupcake Throwdown with some bakery in LA, and she said the secret to her moist red velvet cupcakes is that she used vegetable oil.

  9. I buy my husband peeps every Easter; I didn't even know they made snowmen. Too cute. Seriously.

  10. Those are so adorable. Perfect.
    How can you eat those little guys?? The photos are great too!
    It's funny how sometimes the .jpg fairies cooperate!

  11. Hellllooooo!!!!! WHERE are the pictures? Now you have piqued my interest...

    That is so funny that you did this recipe today. JUST today, I passed by some Texas-sized muffin pans and I almost bought them. Maybe tomorrow...if I ever see your pictures..

  12. I love Coconut and how cute are the snowmen!!

  13. Katy- I don't know what's going on! I deleted the pictures and uploaded them again, so let's see if that works.

    Amy- I do like Peeps by themselves.
    I know what episode you're talking about. You have a good memory. Didn't Bobby win, though?

    Susan- Yay for Peeps!

    Catherine- You see the pictures...good.

    Sue- You don't see the picture....bad.

    Jenny- You see the pictures....good.

    Tracy- You don't see the pictures...bad.

  14. No stocking candy, so I'm outta luck on this one. But jeez do I Love coconut! Very cute cupcakes...and you're right...great photos, too. I love it when mine don't have that unearthly yellow glow!

  15. Those are adorable. You are very creative. And the texture does look so moist. I want one! I love coconut.

  16. Cute cute cute! I have a soft spot for Peeps :)

    Great photo!

  17. Those are so cute. The cupcakes remind me of Ina Garten's coconut cupcakes that my sister in law trots out every Easter (she bakes them in egg-shaped tins and colors the frosting). I think I like these better your style though. The coconut looks like snow with the peeps on top looking very appropriate.

    Every try heating Peeps? That's more fun than freezing them. *grins evilly*

  18. oh my dear emiline, i dont know what you do for a living..but if your career is not in pattisserie.. i will push you there..only gifted people (that love good food) could imagine a cupcake recipe like this..they are sooooo adorable..yup it made my day sunny even if we have bad weather too in southern france.. kisses

    ps, i will definitely do this for my niece on her birthday

  19. Anything with coconut is right up there in my books Emeline and then you added the cream cheese icing..over the top!!!

  20. I SEE THEM NOW! Amazing...I never saw snowman (any women?) peeps before. They are cute...

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  22. Emiline, you are crazy! You take awesome pictures. Anyways, I had no idea that they made snowman peeps, they look tastier than the chicks. I wish I could reach into the screen and grab that cupcake.

  23. Ok I know you’re not talking about the cherry Hershey’s kisses that the kids and I put in out muffins. Ha-ha

    These look like good cupcakes but I am not a marshmallow fan ever since that time when I was 6 and I ate my marshmallows and my brother's and my grandmother's, it is not a pretty picture when you eat that many marshmallows.

    enjoy that 70F weather while you can.

  24. These are so cute! And I always like your photos!

  25. This is so lovely and cute!!! You are an artist!!! I love it Emiline!!! Gloria

  26. Love the cupcakes. Makes me wish it was Christmas again.

  27. Kelly- I'm familiar with that yellow glow.

    Annie- I love coconut, too. I always pick the chocolate with coconut in it, on Valentine's Day.

    Nemmie- Thanks!

    TSC- Yes! I've tried heating them up. They make a good S'more.

    Dhanggit- I want to go to culinary school. I guess that's frowned upon.
    I want to live in southern France!

    Valli- Cream cheese is delicious with coconut.

    Sue- Now you see then, now you don't.

    Val- What you don't know is, you can grab them! Virtual cupcakes! Try them.

    Cres- Thanks for the congrats on my blog. I'm not sure why, though.

    Shayne- Your marshmallow story is hilarious. I can see why you don't like them.

    Mallow- Thanks, but yours are always perfect!

    Gloria- Thank you!

    Emily- Me too.