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Food Blog Friday: Coconut Cupcakes from Simply Recipes

I’m thrilled to return to Food Blog Friday this week with these amazing Coconut Cupcakes from Simply Recipes. When I needed to make coconut cupcakes for a friend’s bridal shower, I knew exactly which recipe to use.  I’ve made these a few times before, and they’ve always turned out perfect – this time was no exception.

Simply Recipes was started by Elise Bauer in 2003 and for years it mainly featured family recipes that were cooked in her parent’s kitchen.  But you will now find contributions from a handful of other fantastic bloggers on the site as well – this coconut cupcake recipe comes from Garret McCord of Vanilla Garlic.

The cupcakes are moist, light, tender, and full of coconut flavor thanks to the combination of coconut milk and shredded coconut in the recipe.  They are by far the best coconut cupcakes I’ve ever tried.  The only change I made to the recipe was to use cake flour in place of all-purpose –  I used 2 1/2 cups of cake flour to replace the 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose.  I’ve made them with all-purpose flour before and they turned out great, but I do think the cake flour makes them slightly more tender.

I’ve used several of Elise’s recipes over the years and have come to rely on Simply Recipes like a trusted family cookbook.  The recipes are well-written, easy to follow, and printer-friendly.  But the best part is that the recipes really work.  A couple of my other favorites from the site are the Blueberry Muffins and Beef Stroganoff.

The next time you’re in need of a great cupcake, make sure you give these a try!

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