final cupcake

I know. You were hoping for an autumn in New England post with apples, pumpkins and dark, moody skies. The truth is, the weather has been remarkably beautiful here. It’s mostly sunny and temperate, especially compared with July and August.

Summer officially ends this Saturday. I love fall but I’m not quite ready to don wool and boots when it’s 75 degrees and sunny outside. There will be plenty of time to rug up over the upcoming weeks…and months…and months.ย For now, I just want to enjoy the beauty of the few remaining days of summer.

Speaking of summer, we did take your vacation ideas. We packed up the car, ventured out and rented a beach house on Cape Cod.

crooked fence
collage
green dune
beach garage
beach erosion
lifeguard station
surfboard
Renting a beach house on Cape Cod has become a favorite pastime of ours. Surf-washed washed seacoasts, romantic byways, weather-worn homes and delicious seafood, how can you not breathe easier and unwind?

There’s also something about vacationing just off-season that’s wonderful too. The beaches are quiet, the air is a bit cooler and everything is still open for enjoyment.

beach view
bike rack
beach view (1)
bring on the day
beach baby
beach tide

My favorite spot on all of Cape Cod is the National Seashore. There are so many different beaches with hidden, picturesque areas. Our favorite beach is actually one where you park uphill, climb down hill, walk a mile past the fiddler crabs and turn left past the second sand dune on your right.

True, it’s not something easily done with a car load of children. No worries, though. Should you decide to visit, most the beaches have ample parking and/ or shuttles to get you where you want to be.

white cupcake
milk

Needless to say, I couldn’t set out for a beach holiday without some homemade goodies. I’m not much for baking on vacation (gasp, I know) but I did manage to whip up a batch of simple coconut cupcakes with marshmallow creme. They’re perfect for that late afternoon craving on a long, lazy days.

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elephant in window
purple flower with bee
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If you don’t live here, I do hope you come by and visit some day. New England is a great paradise for the rest-seeker and adventure-lover alike.

At the very least, thank you for indulging my need to wring every last drop out of summer with my photographs. I promise, I will write more frequently. And, stay tuned. Autumnal posts are coming soon.

beach flag
cupcake and milk

Coconut Cupcakes

121 g (9 1/3 tbs) unsalted butter, softened
16 g (1 1/3 tbs) vegetable shortening, softened
305 g (1 1/2 c) sugar
3 large eggs
256 g (2 1/4 c) cake flour, sifted
13 g (2 1/2 tsp) baking powder
3 g (1 tsp) salt
250 ml (1 c) whole milk
4 g (1 tsp) vanilla extract
4 g (1 tsp) coconut extract

1 recipe for marshmallow creme
sweetened, dried coconut for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, vegetable shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Thoroughly beat in 3 eggs.

Sift together dry ingredients. Set aside. Stir together milk, vanilla and coconut extracts. Set aside. Stir in the dry and wet ingredients alternately beginning with the milk. To finish, beat for about 35 seconds on high.

Insert cupcake liners into muffin tins. Fill liner 3/4 full. Do not open the oven before 15 minutes.

Bake 20-24 minutes until the cupcake springs back to the touch and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Baking time will vary depending on your oven and the size of the cupcake liner you choose. Keep an eye on them.

Once cool, frost with marshmallow creme and sprinkle with coconut.

Bon Appetit!

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35 Comments
  1. I love going to the beach in the off-season too. Your photos are gorgeous and it’s definitely seems like you found a beautiful place!

  2. Autumn is my favorite time in your part of the world, so picturesque and tranquil, so I’m really looking forward to your posts. Cape Cod is my favorite beach destination on the northeast, we just couldn’t make it as easily this year with the little one, but I hope to explore that beach you noted. These cupcakes look heavenly!

  3. I love the beach. This is just what I needed to unwind, it’ s tranquil and beautiful. The cupcakes look delicious too. Lovely, as always.

  4. How I love those luminous September days, when it when summer’s not letting go yet,
    the heat mellower than in August,
    and oh so good on the skin,
    the light so clear and focused,
    cleansed of summer’s haze,
    making us all dream of endless summer –
    captured so eloquently in your images.
    Love them all,
    thank you for sharing them –
    wished I were there. Right now.
    To enduring summer days,
    Merisi

  5. The beaches near us are always filled with summer tourists as well. And the traditional summer months are usually the most foggy and cool. We secretly wait with anticipation for September and October, which are much warmer! So I am not yet ready to give up on summer either! Your coconut cupcakes are a compelling reason to hold onto every last day of summer!

  6. By the time I scrolled down to the photo of the bird on the moss or seaweed covered posts I thought I was completely satiated… that photo took me right over the age. You have such an artistic eye and ability to capture a mood so vividly with your photography, El. There is a melodic and mesmerizing rhythm, a shiver of air and even the scent of the ocean embedded in this post. The coconut cupackes with the cloud like marshmallow cream icing would pair perfectly with that salty frothy crystal water.
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    Valerie

  7. Your photos are wonderfully refreshing El. I love long lingering summers and I can’t wait for ours to start down here, as it feels like it’s been a long lingering winter. I wish I had one of your cupcakes with my tea right now.

  8. Here it is the first day of fall and I’m wishing I was at the beach. This makes me feel happy and relaxed. The cupcakes are a sweet treat as well.

  9. Fantastic cupcake.
    I’ve never been to the north east coast, it looks so peaceful. Fall is the best time to enjoy the beaches in Southern California. Most of the tourist have left, the kids are back in shcool and the weather is lovely. Last week we swam with the leopard sharks!
    Mimi

  10. I am really happy that you took vacation and that you made us coconut cupcakes. There seems to be an over-explosion of apple and pumpkin goodies floating around and it is barely fall. I am welcoming your freshness in the blog world!

    I have a dream that someday we will vacation on the Cape. Just never works since family is so close and they want us to stay with them. Someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Your images capture the light perfectly -it’s so particular to place. Do you think you could substitute coconut milk for regular milk to increase the coconut flavor?

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