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December 23, 2012

Coconut and Cardamom Cupcakes

As you will notice, this is my first cupcake recipe which I am sharing on the blog !  It's not as if I never bake cupcakes ... I am a total klutz when it comes to decorating/frosting them.

Right after I had seen this recipe for Coconut and Cardamom Cupcakes, in one of our local magazines, I knew this will be the one which I can manage to decorate and share with you all. Why..?? the "frosting" of course !! - it is a marshmallow topping, and above all a very interesting and tasty cupcake recipe overall.

Coconut & Cardamom Cupcakes

{makes 16 standard or 12 large - I made large ones}

1 cup Butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups Caster Sugar
3 Extra-Large Eggs
2 t Vanilla Essence
1 t Almond Essence
2 cups Flour
1 TB Baking Powder
5 Cardamom Pods, husks removed and ground
2 cups Coconut
1/2 t Salt
1 cup Buttermilk

2 TB Gelatin
1/2 cup Cold Water
1/2 cup Boiling Water
2 t Vanilla Essence
2 cups Caster Sugar
Coconut flakes/Edible glitter/Sprinkles {optional}

1.) Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
2.) Beat together the Butter and Caster Sugar until creamy - add the Eggs one-by-one and keep beating - add the Vanilla & Almond - beat until mixed.
3.) In a separate bowl, mix together the Flour, Baking Powder, Cardamom, Coconut and Salt - add the Buttermilk and mix to combine.
4.) Add the Flour mixture to the Butter mixture and fold in gently.
5.) Spoon the mixture into the liners - to the top - bake 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown and puffed - remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack.
6.) Meanwhile prepare the topping - pour the Cold Water into a medium mixing bowl - sprinkle the Gelatin over and wait until it gets spongy - heat in the microwave {or over a bowl of boiling water} until dissolved - add the Boiling Water and the Vanilla Essence - mix - add the Caster Sugar gradually whilst beating on high all the time - keep on beating until it  resembles a thick Meringue mixture {this takes a bit of time 8 - 10 minutes}
7.) Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe generously on top of each cupcake.
8.) Sprinkle with Coconut / Edible glitter or Sprinkles and place in the refrigerator to set {about 30 minutes}

Serve as soon as the topping has set !  Hope you enjoy this one - it is gooooddd ;-)


  1. Delicious! I'd like to take a big bite right now!!

  2. I don't think I've ever had cardamom? These sound delish. I totally am the same way about frosting, btw! ;)

  3. Hello! I'm stopping by from "I Gotta Try That" - my goodness these look amazing! I got a big jar of cardamon earlier this winter and have been looking for recipes to use it up. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Looks and sounds very yummy... wow really..


  5. I never would have thought to use marshmallow for icing! How clever! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  6. Thank you for stopping in and sharing your yummy recipe with our readers at Bowdabra's Crafty Showcase. We love seeing your projects each week. Stop in and see which blogs are featured on Friday and to link up more of your goodies on Sat-Thur.

    Happy New Year,
    Susie @Bowdabra

  7. Wow, these look amazing! I'm the same way with frosting cupcakes so maybe I should try this recipe.

  8. What a fantastic flavour combination, these look Fab! I found you through Super Sweet Saturday Linky party

  9. Yum! I love cardamom, I just used it in a cake last week! I just sit and breathe it in! Did you know gram per gram it is the most expensive spice? Thanks so much for linking up on Super Sweet Saturday.

  10. Love cardamom -- what a great flavor combination with the fluffy marshmallow topping! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  11. They look wonderful!

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  12. So unique & I love the way that you served them!!
    I'm stopping by from "Mealtime Monday" blog hop.

  13. They look great, Linda. I'm featuring these tomorrow at the Humble Brag! :)

  14. You so had me at coconut!!! You are amazing! Wish I was your neighbor....I'd love all the smells wafting from your kitchen girl! (Plus we'd have coffee and talk!)

  15. These look super yummy as always! Pinned and loved. Thanks for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays.

  16. Looks so yummy - I've featured them in my
    Cutest Cup Cakes round up, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  17. Thanks so much for leading away on our stumble upon G+ group...Thought I'd stumble this recipe 'cause it's one of your older ones and guess what, it's now been discovered! YUMMO


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