Light, moist, exotic vanilla bean coconut cupcakes frosted with vanilla bean buttercream and topped with toasted coconut flakes that brings your taste buds a flavor of the tropics.
October is birthday month for me and right around each birthday i get nostalgic. Coconut brings back childhood memories for me. We had coconut trees in my childhood home. Attempts at climbing up the tree, which i failed miserably at. It takes great skill to climb up and the expert tree climbers make it look so effortless. Waiting in anticipation as the fibrous husk of the fresh coconut is skillfully cut with a sharp knife. Drinking fresh coconut water and using the shell of the coconut to eat the soft fruit. This vanilla bean coconut cupcake has the a triple dose of coconut in it, coconut milk, desicatted coconut and coconut flakes. My love for coconut is that strong and fierce, lol.
Vanilla bean enhances the taste of the coconut cupcake and i also love the little specks of the bean in the cupcake. The cupcakes are piped with simple vanilla buttercream and topped with toasted coconut flakes. You could substitute the whipping cream in the buttercream recipe for some coconut milk.