Coquito Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour*
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup homemade coquito
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
- 2 tablespoons - 1/2 cup homemade coquito
- Toasted coconut for garnish
- *Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with liners; set aside.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
- Cream butter, sugar and light brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing well, scraping down sides as needed. Add dry ingredients and coquito alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape sides down as needed.
- Spoon batter into cupcake lined tins, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
- Cream butter until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar until it is well combined. Add coquito a few tablespoons at a time and blend until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost cooled cupcakes and top with toasted coconut.
- To Make Toasted Coconut: Toast in oven for 10 minutes, until golden stirring occasionally.
Many families have their own version of coquito, but if not we recommend this homemade coquito recipe by Vianney.
Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Vianney Rodriguez @sweetlifebake.com
These cupcakes came out wonderfully! Luckily my husband makes coquito, so I had him whip up a batch for me. I agree with other rater about the frosting being too runny. I had to add an extra cup of powdered sugar to get the right consistency for piping. Otherwise they are fantastic. Oh, and I was able to get 18 cupcakes instead of 12. Thanks for the recipe!!
Although I was able to save the frosting portion of the recipe the initial instruction was quite runny. My recommendation on the frosting portion of the recipe is to use 1/2 c unsalted butter, 2 1/2 imperial powder sugar, 2 tbsp coquito, and 2 tsp vanilla. Other then the runny frosting these cupcakes were amazing.