Coconut and curry belong together, so let's add some chocolate and put them in a cupcake! One important thing to note is that you should use the best curry powder you can find and that the strength of the curry flavor grows with time. If you will be waiting to serve these, you may want to consider decreasing the amount of curry powder based on the amount of time before serving.
The coconut cake recipe is inspired by the one used at Hominy Grill. —JessicaBakes
Test Kitchen Notes
These were AMAZING! The cupcakes were moist and delicious with nice coconut flavor. The frosting had just a touch of curry flavor and one of the taste testers said it was almost like hint of coffee flavor. I used a madras curry mix that blended well. I took them to a birthday party and the first words out of everyone's mouth after tasting them were "oh my God" but in a good way. They were awesome. This frosting was a great complement but I would definitely use the base again and even play around with the frosting with other flavors that complement the coconut. Delicious!!! —There'sAlwaysPie
about 2 dozen cupcakes
1 1/2 cups
sweetened flaked coconut
unsweetened coconut milk
unsalted butter, at room temp
eggs yolks, at room temp
egg whites, at room temp
Curry chocolate buttercream
unsalted butter, at room temp
toasted sweetened shredded coconut
In This Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep two muffin pans with paper or foil liners.
Mix the flour, salt and coconut in one bowl. In another bowl, mix the buttermilk, coconut milk and baking soda.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter for 1 minute at medium speed before adding the sugar and creaming for an additional 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and beat well, about 2 minutes, until a thick mixture is formed. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk mixture.
Using a clean bowl and the whisk attachment (make sure there's absolutely no fat on either or the whites won't whip up properly), whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until medium peaks form.
Gently fold about 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter to lighten it up, then fold the rest in just until combined.
Spoon the mixture into the cupcake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting, in a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter for 3-4 minutes on medium speed. Turn off the mixer. Sift 3 cups of the powdered sugar and the cocoa into the mixing bowl. Turn your mixer on the lowest speed until the sugar and cocoa are mixed in, then increase the speed to medium, add the vanilla, salt, cream and curry powder, and beat until well incorporated. Feel free to add more powdered sugar if your frosting needs to be stiffened up a bit.
Frost the cupcakes as you normally would, and top with a small sprinkle of the toasted coconut.