Thursday, 17 October 2013

Coconut Christening Cupcakes

Phew, we survived the christening! We had been trying to get around to baptising our kids for a while now but just couldn't get our act together. We finally decided to do it around Master Q's first birthday so that my parents would be in town. I have to say after getting through the birthday I wasn't really all that enthused to back it up with a christening but thankfully it wasn't as bad as I imagined. The week before the christening my husband took Miss M to church to witness one and get a feel for it. It did not go well. The Priest came over to her and attempted to pat her on the head which caused her to start crying. Then as one of the babies was having the water poured on it's head husband told Miss M that that was going to happen to her next week, well that was it, she lost it. It got that bad that husband had to take her out of the church!

Up until this point I think my husband had thought that my descriptions of Miss M's public meltdowns were over exaggerated or just the way she acts with me. So although it made the prospect of her getting through her own christening a little more worrisome I was secretly happy that he had witnessed this behaviour himself! Don't all Mother's just wish this happened a little more often?

Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth!

October has been a big month for cakes so I was stuck for ideas when it came to a cake for the christening. I had seen a wedding cake made of cupcakes recently that inspired my idea for a Cupcake Christening Cake. I made a basic vanilla cupcake for the sugar filled ones and I adapted an Australian Women's Weekly Coconut Ice Cake to Sugar-Free Coconut cupcakes and they were delicious! They came out nice and light and perfect first time! (If only this happened more often to me!). I made buttercream icing for the vanilla cupcakes and buttercream dextrose icing for the coconut ones. I wanted to colour them a soft shade of blue and pink but got a little too liberal with the blue colouring and so they became green cupcakes instead! I made the pink ones darker to attempt to match the shade of the green ones. I then made matching pink and green crosses and background circles from royal icing for the cupcake toppers. Yes, it may have been a little bit kitsch but I thought they looked cute!  

Coconut Cupcakes (Sugar-Free)
65g butter, softened
1/2 cup dextrose
1 egg
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup self-raising flour
3 tablespoons coconut milk
Preheat oven 160 degrees Celsius (150 degrees fan forced)
Line 12 hole cupcake tins with paper cases (makes 16 cupcakes)
1. Beat butter in electric mixer until light and fluffy
2. Add dextrose in batches and cream until fluffy
3. Add egg and beat together until combined
4. Stir in coconut, sifted flour, sour cream and coconut milk in batches starting and ending with flour
5. Divide mixture into cupcake tins
6. Bake cakes 18 minutes or until skewer comes clean
7. Stand cakes in tin 5 minutes before turning onto rack to cool
8. Ice with buttercream icing made with dextrose once cool

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