Coconut Cupcakes

Cupcakes have a built-in fun factor that makes them more festive than a full-sized cake. And as a bonus, they always look spectacular—even if your frosting skills are less than perfect.

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3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 recipe Ultimate Cream Cheese Frosting
~ sweet shredded coconut



Place  24 paper liners in muffin tin.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Prepare the cake batter.
  2. Fill the liners 2/3 full. Do not overfill.
  3. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 22–25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool the cupcakes thoroughly in their tins before frosting.
  5. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle liberally with the shredded coconut.
Preparation Time: 
25 minutes preparation; 22–25 minutes baking.