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easter cupcakes

Do you ever get so excited about a recipe that you find yourself making it over and over again, despite your husband's hatred for coconut? My latest obsession are these coconut cupcakes, made from Ina Garten's recipe (aka the Barefoot Contessa). I am a fan of most things Ina makes, simply because they usually turn out exactly as I expected (and sometimes even better than I dared hope!).

When I was an art director at Martha Stewart Living, Ina had a monthly entertaining column. She would plan a menu or a little party and share her recipes and tips. You may not know that Ina was a very successful caterer for years, running her shop and catering business The Barefoot Contessa in East Hampton. I had the chance to art direct a few of those entertaining columns, and though it was sometimes crazy getting up at 5 AM to make it out to East Hampton at a decent hour, I always enjoyed being in Ina's home. She had a lovely garden just out the back door where you could cut some lettuce for a recipe or grab some fresh herbs. And spending any day in the Hamptons was always a treat.

But back to the cupcakes. These are the best cupcakes I have ever made. The cake itself is super moist and chewier than a standard cupcake because it has coconut in the batter (as well as coconut on top). The cream cheese frosting has a bit of almond extract that makes me crazy. And they're just so pretty.

I'm thinking if you toasted the coconut in the oven for a bit and then added a few candy eggs on top, this might be the perfect Easter cupcake.

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All of Ina's cookbooks are great--i have actually broken the spines of the books because they are so well used! Some other cookbooks are just worth one recipe, but Ina's are all great--tried and true.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy

delicious. I'm coming over next Easter for some of these :).

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commentermer

oh yummy! Those look to die for!! I love coconut! Now to find a time to make them...maybe a day that doesn't directly follow on in which I ate about a year's worth of sweets!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Crazy! I made these this weekend too. Yum. Talk about buttery goodness.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

mmm! those look delicious! your assortment of talents never ceases to amaze me.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterpaper girl

oh yum. I made these cupcakes for my daughters birthday a few years ago and tinted it all pink! SHe loved it and they are the best cupcakes i have ever had.

04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Oh I love her recipes too....I have yet to make anything from her cookbooks that I haven't loved....


04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMixing Bowl Mama

Absolutely my family's favorite dessert...along with the original chocolate sheet cake in the BH &G cake cookie from the 70's. When we do big family BBQs my assignment is always these 2 things. Oh and how I love Ina. She has never failed me!

04.20.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann/Ca

I made these cause I need a coconut recipe for my business and they flopped! What did I do wrong?? Too much batter?Hmmm must try again! Yours look delicious - mine were too big and spready. But yummy all the same.

04.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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