Lemon Coconut Cupcakes with Lemon Filling
By Annamaria Settanni McDonald ArtByASM
Perfect Cupcake for the Summer! It features a yellow cake cupcake (you can do a lemon flavored cupcake too) with lemon curd filling, cream cheese frosting and topped with coconut. It's so good and moist and this will make your mouth ZING! I add raspberries to the top to give it some color, but you can omit that part. These were great when I brought them to a Art Gallery Open House! Everyone loved them!
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
cream cheese at room temperature
unsalted butter, room temperature
pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 lb
confectioners' sugar, sifted
moist deluxe yellow or lemon cake mix
sweetened shredded coconut
LEMON CURD FILLING
zest from 4 lemons
lemon juice from 3-4 lemons
butter, cut into pats and chilled
sweetened shredded coconut
fresh rasberries (24) (optional)
1Make cupcake batter according to package directions and fold in coconut after batter is mixed. Bake according to package directions. Cool Cupcakes when done.
2CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.
Add enough water to a medium saucepan to come about 1-inch up the side. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, combine egg yolks and sugar in a medium size metal bowl and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute. Add lemon juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk until smooth. Once water reaches a simmer, reduce heat to low and place bowl on top of saucepan. Bowl should be large enough to fit on top of saucepan without touching the water.
Whisk until thickened, approximately 8 minutes, or until mixture is light yellow and coats the back of a spoon. Remove promptly from heat and stir in butter a piece at a time, allowing each addition to melt before adding the next. Remove to a clean container and cover by laying a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd. Allow curd to cool or store in refrigerator. Curd will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
4TO ASSEMBLE: Fill a plastic pastry bag fitted with a medium-sized round tip with the cooled lemon curd. Gently poke the pastry bag tip into the center top of the cupcakes and fill with a small amount of curd. If needed, wipe off any excess curd from the tops with a clean paper towel.
5Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, top with shredded coconut and top with a raspberry. Peel paper back and take a big bite and enjoy and be ready for your mouth to zing!