Saturday, 16 June 2012

Toasted.

Oh my god. I was never a huge fan of coconut growing up, and even now I wasn't sure if I really loved the taste of coconut. Regardless, I wanted cupcakes but I wanted something different. To be honest, I haven't really been craving chocolate has much as I normally do. To prove it, last week I bought two Godiva chocolate bars and I haven't snacked on them at all. Which is crazy because I love Godiva and because I'm a chocoholic and have an issue.



I was looking through some cookbooks for inspiration and saw a recipe for toasted coconut cupcakes. I had all the ingredients, so I decided to try them. The original recipe is from VCTOTW, but as always, I altered it a little bit. They were supposed to be chocolate coconut, but I just wanted  them to be coconut. So I took out the cocoa powder and replaced it with flour. As well, I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose. I also did not add any coconut exact, I didn't have any. And these had a perfect coconut taste so I don't even think they needed it.



I HAD to try one went they came out of the oven, and instantly I was in love. But I've been craving the whole cupcake experience, which includes icing. I wanted chocolate icing, but not buttercream. I didn't want to add any sugar to it either. I then stumbled upon a whipped ganauche icing. Now, I love ganauche. I make it all the time. But I have never been able to whipped it into a nice, light, frosting. I have tried so many times. I tried different coconut milks, using just coconut cream, using other non-dairy milks. Everything. And it has never worked. But because regardless of how many times I fail things, I keep trying. So I tried again. And succeeded! I think my chocolate:coconut milk ratio was wrong before. It became lighter and fluffier and ugh, so good!

So these bad boys are definitely going to be made again. All the time. But I will add some more flour next time because they are quite crumbly. These are not the kind of cupcake to eat in bed with the lights are off. Like I did.



Ganauche:

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate. (I used Godiva dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips.)
1/2 cup coconut milk.

Chop chocolate into small peices and set aside in a bowl. Bring the coconut milk to a boil, stirring to make sure it doesn't burn. Once boiled, pour over the chocolate. Let it sit for a few minutes before stirring. Then, mix until smooth. Let this cool on the counter until thick. (I let mine cool for over an hour, just because I had other things to do.) Using an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Then rub it all over your body.

Or put it in a piping bag and decorate your cupcakes. Either or.

OH also, I must apologize for the pictures. I know I really lack skills in the photography department but I am trying  to improve. I promise they will get better soon!

I got my hair cut and found this super awesome candle holder? at a thrift store. (I have no idea what it is..)

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