Monday, September 10, 2012

Devour that last bite of summer...

We had a cool front yesterday.  The temperatures were in the 60's when we woke up, so I pulled on a long-sleeve shirt and my jeans (and thought about lighting a fire).  It wasn't until I headed to the grocery store several hours later that I remembered the high temperature was supposed to be in the 90's.

The important thing is...I know fall is on the way.  Right?  Right?!?

Before we dive into pumpkin and cinnamon and apples, promise me you'll make these, ok?  Seriously, I'm IN LOVE with these cupcakes.  I'm normally one who tears off the bottom of a cupcake, eats it first, then works on the frosting with a little bit of cake.  These...I devoured in about 3 big bites a la Carrie Bradshaw at the Magnolia Bakery.
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The cupcakes are a combination of my very favorite coconut cake, filled with a rich and tangy lime curd, and topped with cream cheese icing. 
{Let me be upfront here; the cupcakes are made using a cake mix.  I firmly believe there is a time and place for cake mix.  This is one of them.}

The cupcakes themselves are soft and tender and contain two secret ingredients:
  • Cream of Coconut (find it in the "mixers" section of the grocery store
  • sour cream

Speaking of secret ingredients, feel free to use the bottled Key Lime juice for the curd if you can't find Key Limes, or just don't want to juice 75 tiny limes.

Also, you'll want to make the curd the day before the cupcakes so it can set up and get nice and thick.  You'll want to eat it by the spoonful.  Refrain.

Making filled cupcakes are much easier than you might think.  No need for fancy contraptions to pull out the middle.  No need to carve out the cupcakes at all.  Use an icing bag with a medium-sized tip, press into the cooled cupcake, squeeze, and voila!  Filled cupcakes.

Lime-filled Coconut Cupcakes
{makes 28-30} 
for the Key Lime curd:
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup Key Lime juice, fresh or bottled
4 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into chunks

for the coconut cupcakes:
1 box white cake mix
1/4 c. oil
3 eggs
1 (8 oz.) carton sour cream
1 (15.5 oz) can cream of coconut

for the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
5-6 cups powdered sugar
4 TBSP milk
Angel Flake coconut

Make the Key Lime curd: 
In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the eggs, egg yolk and sugar for one minute.  Whisk in the Key Lime juice until well combined.

Place the mixture over medium-low heat and whisk constantly until thickened, about 10-12 minutes.  Remove from heat and whisk in the butter, one chunk at a time until melted and incorporated.

Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.  Let cool slightly.  Press a piece of plastic wrap onto the curd and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Make the cupcakes:
Line 28-30 muffin cups with liners.  Preheat oven to 350.

With an electric mixer, mix all of the ingredients on low speed until combined.  Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl.  Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes.

Scoop into cupcake liners and bake 18-20 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when touched lightly with a finger. Cool in the pan 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire racks.

Make the frosting:
In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until softened and fluffy.  Add 5 cups of powdered sugar and the milk.  Beat on low until combined, then on medium until smooth and creamy.  If the frosting is too thin for spreading, add the remaining cup of powdered sugar.  Set aside.

Fit a pastry bag with a medium-size tip, such as a Wilton 4B star, and fill with the lime curd.  Press the tip into the cooled cupcakes and squeeze.  You'll see the cupcakes plump up...that's what you want.  Stop squeezing, remove the tip and repeat for the rest of the cupcakes.
{The lime curd will fill about 16-18 cupcakes; I like to leave some unfilled for people who are afraid of "curd."}

Top each cupcake with a generous amount of frosting and smooth with an offset spatula.

Sprinkle on the coconut.

Serve immediately, or store the cupcakes in the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for several minutes before serving.

Wanna see the inside?  I know you do....

Can you see that Key Lime deliciousness peeking through?

The end.

{portions of this post originally published on the Huffington Post


  1. Today is a chilly-ish day here too! High in the lower 70s. I never thought I would be this ready for summer, but bring it on!
    BUt I'll make an exception for one last cupcake.

  2. We've had a cool weekend too...only to find out it's about to be 90's again. ANd here I was ready to buy a whole new maternity wardrobe!!

    These cupcakes have my favorite flavors ever!!

  3. Oh my goodness! Amazing. Off to find key lime juice xoxo

  4. It was clear, cool and beautiful here yesterday. That last bite of summer looks perfect, Bridget!

  5. Three bites?! I betcha I could make it in 2... ;)

  6. I can't find bottled key lime juice anywhere. Can I just use regular lime juice? These look too good not to make. Thanks.


  7. how could anyone be afraid of that curd? I want to drink it! :)

  8. Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious. I might have to break my diet and make some.

  9. love coconut cake or cupcakes! especially moist center like your lemon curd

  10. Cupcakes looks scrumptious! We're lovin' our pre-fall temps here in the south. :)

  11. These cupcakes are perfect to say goodby to summer. I simply adore coconut and with cupcakes it is perfect dessert for me.Yes, now is a time for a autumn flavor cupcakes!

  12. Yum, a perfect combination! :)

  13. These are just lovely! It has cooled off dramatically here as well.

  14. this remind me of summer...not ready to say goodbye to it yet!

  15. Lime and coconut...perfect combo! I sure wish we would get a cool front in Tampa:(

  16. Oh, my. I can taste this ... I love the title. Enjoy the last bite of summer ...

    Bitter sweet.

    Love and miss you!

  17. Oh, my. I can taste this ... I love the title. Enjoy the last bite of summer ...

    Bitter sweet.

    Love and miss you!

  18. Oh my gosh! This is one of my most favorite flavor combinations and it totally says summer.

    (For the record, this sorta thing will be the only thing right now that I'll miss about summer come fall.)

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  20. Oh Me Oh My!
    Cream of Coconut~LIME CURD~and COCONUT!
    Total HEAVEN!
    I can only imagine the YUM of the big bite into these lovely cupcakes!

  21. These look insanely good! Citrus curd = the bomb. And stuffed into a delicious cupcake? I'll take it!

  22. You aren right, there is no time to squeeze 75 tiny key limes. I'll buy the bottle and take a few dozen of these lovely cupcakes!

  23. My mouth is literally watering while looking at your key lime curd! Seriously, it is a thing of beauty. :) Made for awesome cupcakes, too!!

  24. ♫ You put de lime in de coconut and mix it all up.♪ Looks delicious, and I agree with you on the box mix issue.

  25. Who cares if these are made with a box mix. They look delicious and they are filled with home-made lime curd!

  26. I'm totally not a coconut fan...but I could eat my screen right now. Holy YUM! Trader Joes is now selling a coconut cream too. Bought a can last time I was there and I'm thinking it must be used to make these cupcakes. Mmmm thanks for sharing Bridget!!

  27. Lime, coconut and a sunny day! I can't ask for more on an early fall day like today!
    Beautiful cupcakes Bridget

  28. Oh sweet, sweet molasses me. Low temps, high temps. I could eat these year round!

  29. I've been waking up to 41 degrees this week here in Vermont!!! I'm trying to hold on to summer for as long as I can - at least another week! :) The cupcakes look great!

  30. I tried to make these tonight, it so happens I had an event for a coocnut theme! question though, I weigh everything and I had a 16 oz carton of sour cream so I weighed it out, Ive used the same scale for all my cooking forever so I know its right, but it was almost 2/3 of the carton before it was to 6 oz. So instead I opted for just an 8 oz cup measurement for it, but my cupcakes turned out incredibly loose and flat. So, i'm wondering if you used 1 8oz carton weight- 8 oz, or just an 8 oz cup=1 cup? i m going to retry them tomorrow but they just fell apart when I took them out of my tin. Never had that happen, any tips?

    1. Hi tyalyn...

      I don't weigh ANY of my ingredients. That 8oz is an 8oz container of sour cream. :) Hope that helps!

    2. I had the same issue! Sour cream is a staple in our fridge, so we always have a 16 oz container. Most of mine fell apart as well. For the first batch I did not use the paper liners, and I only salavaged about 1/3 of them. With the paper liners, more came out of the pan, but not all. Luckily, they were just for 4 of us for a family celebration.

      I'm going to compare the weight of 8 oz of sc in a dry measure, compared to a liquid measuring cup and see if there's a difference.

  31. I live in South Florida. Coconut and key lime are two of our favorite flavors down here and I love them together.

  32. Oh Bridget these look and sound freaking delicious!!.......think I can shove the whole thing in my mouth? watch me! lol

  33. Oooh, these look amazing. Anything relating to/containing/even mentioning Key lime is more than all right by me!

  34. I have a jar of key lime curd in the pantry. Now I know what to make! I'll use the Barefoot Contessa coconut cupcake recipe for the cupcake.

  35. I made this recipe for Wednesday night dinner at church. I have to say - the cupcakes were delicious. The cupcake itself without key lime filling/frosting were awesome - and when I added the filling and icing. Seriously.. They are some kind of good. Enjoy your blog and the recipes you share. Thanks.

  36. What size box cake mix did you use? I know they used to be 18.75oz, but a lot have downsized recently...just want to make sure they come out right. Thanks!


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