a few weeks back, i asked for help in picking a recipe for our office's monthly birthday celebration. the coconut cupcakes with lime buttercream were the landslide winner. i made them this morning and here are my thoughts:
holy mother of god, the frosting is AMAZING. r was giving me a hard time for making homemade frosting when it can so easily be purchased premade, but i had the last laugh. seriously....i had to put the bowl in the sink and fill it up with water to stop myself from licking it clean.
the actual cupcakes were kind of blah. as a vehicle for the frosting, they are all fine and good, but you can't really taste the coconut. while i applaud the notion of a lower-fat cupcake, these just aren't cutting it. the texture suffered from the lack of butter. next time i make these, i will use my all-time favorite basic white cupcake recipe, and substitute coconut extract for the almond extract. i will report back after this attempt.
in the meantime, i would not pass judgment if you just made yourself a bowl of the frosting and went at it with a spoon. it's seriously that good.