Saturday, 12 December 2009

Coco LimeNut Cupcakes

I thought I would enter the Cupcake Hero challenge again. I had so much fun last month thinking of a good recipe for peanut butter, so why not try again! This month Jamieanne from The Sweetest Kitchen is hosting. Her ingredient choice this month - coconut!!
So many things ran through my head when I heard coconut.. chocolate, lemon, lamingtons, golden roughs, raffaelos, malibu, lime...
These are coconut cupcakes, with lime curd, topped with coconut cream and a meringue.

Coco LimeNut Cupcakes
Coconut Cupcakes[Makes about 6] Printable Recipe
You Will Need.... Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a cupcake tray with wrappers.
Place all ingredients into a bowl, and mix together.
When ingredients are completely mixed together, spoon mixture evenly into prepared muffin tins.
Place in the oven until a skewer inserted into the cupcake comes out clean. About 15 minutes.
Once cupcakes are cooked, place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooking, you can start your meringues. You will need to wait until the cupcakes are out of the oven before cooking the meringues.

Meringues
[Makes approximately 20]
You Will Need...
Keep the egg yolks for the lime curd.
Put the eggwhites into your mixer, and using the whisk attachment, whisk until soft peaks form. (you can do this with a hand held mixer as well)
When you can see the soft peaks, add half the sugar. Keep whisking until all the sugar is gone. Then add the other half.
Once sugar is completely mixed in (you can tell by rubbing some meringue between your fingers - you shouldn't be able to feel any sugar)
Spoon meringue mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto a baking paper lined tray
Place in the oven at 140 degrees celsius, until meringues are lightly browned at the base.
Turn the oven off, and leave them in the oven with the door ajar until completely cooled.
Left over meringues can be stored in an airtight container.

Coconut Cream[Makes approximately 1/2 cup]
You Will Need..

1/4 Cup Coconut Cream
1/4 Cup Dessicated Coconut
3 Tablespoons of Cream Cheese

Place cream cheese and coconut milk into mixer and beat together until all combined.
Stir in dessicated coconut.
Place in fridge until ready to use to firm up


Lime Curd
[Makes about 2 cups]
You Will Need...

I used store bought lime juice, because fresh limes were ridiculously expensive!
I could only afford one lime.
Place egg yolks and egg in a saucepan and whisk together.
Add the lime juice and sugar and stir together.
Place the saucepan on the stove on medium heat, and mix lime juice, sugar and egg together until thick.
Don't let it boil.

1) Once thick, pour into a clean bowl.
2) Add the butter and mix in until butter is completely melted
3) Stir in the lime zest.
If not using straight away, place a layer of glad wrap over the top so it is touching the curd, and place in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
You can store left over lime curd in a jar in the fridge
Once cupcakes are completely cooled, and the meringues, lime curd and coconut cream are all made. Cut holes in the tops of the cupcakes. (You can eat the bits you take out!)
Spoon approximately 2 teaspoons of lime curd per cupcake into the holes
Add 1 teaspoon of the coconut cream ontop of the lime curd
And top with a meringue.
Enjoy!!

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