Sunday, February 17, 2008

Coconut Cupcake

Coconut Cupcake
Originally uploaded by watchjennybake.
Looks like I'm on a cupcake kick - well... kind of. This little coconut cupcake was part of a much bigger production. A friend of mine and I have been talking about having an afternoon tea for some time, but then I got sick, and then the second date we picked didn't have a good response rate. The third date was almost cancelled for other illness, but I'm glad we stuck with it!

We had decided we wanted to do a white theme, but then white was a little too limiting, so we went with white and blue food. And by theme, I simply mean the food we made, not decor. Frankly, who needs decor with good looking food!

The stack of tea food
Other food included cucumber sandwiches, and blueberry scones. I used the buttermilk scone recipe from Baking with Julia and added dried blueberries (from Whole Foods, so the only sweetener was apple juice) and lemon zest. Cucumber sandwiches were simple - flavored cream cheese with cucumbers. I need to be honest and say that I feel uncreative with these and need to experiment with more interesting tea sandwiches, however these fit the color theme.

When you talk about coconut cupcakes, it would almost be blasphemy to make a recipe other than Ina Garten's famous one. This version is about a double batch of the one I made. The cupcakes were great right out of the oven, a little dry the next day when I served them, but I heard reports that they were terrific later on. I did cook them longer than instructed, so I'm sure that's my fault, but I didn't want to serve gooey cupcakes!

Cream Dessert with Blueberry Sauce
This was similar to couer d'creme, and with blueberry sauce, delicious!

I had been waiting for an excuse to make these cream cheese penguins too, and they were so adorable!

I am on my way to a conference, so will post recipes, etc., at a later time.

Categories: Blueberry, Coconut, Cream, Cute, Cupcake, Scone, Tea, Tea Sandwiches


glamah16 said...

Those penguin olive snacks are so cute! Wow.

Peabody said...

I always love the olive penguins.

Deborah said...

You'll have to let us know how you made the penguins - too cute!!

Rachel said...

Now I desperately want a cupcake. And a tea party.

The olive penguins remind me of my favourite thing to eat as a kid - we used to go to a restaurant that had a great salad bar, and I loved to stuff the black olives with pineapple tidbits, and then dip them in bacon bits. Disgusting, right? But it would entertain me for the entire meal.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Jenny, you are AWESOME! Yes, Recipes are a MUST. Especially for that Creme thing. That would be PERFECT to wow my mother in law!;-)


Megan said...

Love the penquins!