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Coconut Cupcakes with Marshmallow Creme

Coconut Cupcakes with Marshmallow Creme

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
green dune
beach garage
beach erosion
lifeguard station
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

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.

purple and green
elephant in window
purple flower with bee
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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  1. Janet

    17 September

    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. Delish Dish

    17 September

    I wondered where you were. Stunning pics and yummy cupcakes. Welcome home!

  4. Sharon

    17 September

    Love this, El. It makes me feel like I’ve escaped the city. Thank you!

  5. Kelsey

    17 September

    beautiful in every way.

  6. Mel

    17 September

    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.

  7. Rosa's Yummy Yums

    18 September

    Beautiful seaside pictures! You really live in a gorgeous place.

    Those cupcakes look amazing and divine!

    Here, autumn has already arrived…



  8. Lizzy (Good things)

    18 September

    El, such a beautiful, beautiful post. Do you have a book by the way?

  9. Merisi in Vienna

    18 September

    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,

  10. lostpastremembered

    18 September

    You make summer look so appealing. Love them and the cupcakes which are one of my favorites. My mum used to make them for me when I was a kid. I loved their furry white hats. Lovely post.

  11. Jen @ Savory Simple

    18 September

    Lovely photos and a delicious recipe!

  12. susan

    18 September

    El – these photos makes me feel as though I was on vacation with you. Breath-taking! And the cupcakes don’t look so bad either. x

  13. Deb

    18 September

    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!

  14. Sandy

    18 September

    Oh how I love the beach. Your pictures carry me away from my cubicle! LOL. They really do. The cupcakes are precious too!

  15. Krista

    18 September


  16. A Canadian Foodie

    18 September

    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.

  17. Magda

    19 September

    I love that your post isn’t about autumn and apples. It’s too soon for that.
    Your cupcakes looks wonderful, as all your creations always do, El.

  18. Tina V.

    19 September

    Amazing photos ๐Ÿ™‚
    The cupcakes are adorable!
    I love coconut, I bet it’s delicious with marshmallow creme ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Lindsey

    19 September

    I cannot tell you how much I love this post. The colors, the textures, everything is gorgeous. I’d live to vacation on Cape Cod.

  20. Laura Dembowski

    19 September

    Those pictures are stunning! I love coconut cupcakes and have been looking for a good recipe. Thanks for sharing this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Honestly, I am not yearning for fall recipes and photos in the least! I am clinging to summer with all my strength. The view from my window the past few days isn’t helping.

    Lovely photos and delicious cupcakes!

  22. The beach in Autumn is so beautiful if you’re prepared for it (ie a nice wind breaker!). Beautiful photography in this post and a most excellent dessert recipe.

  23. Suddenly I want to eat cupcakes at the beach!
    Love the idea of coconut and marshmallow on top of these gorgeous little cupcakes. Great combination.
    And your photos are just lovely.

  24. Valerie

    20 September

    I’m new to your site and I absolutely love it. Your food looks delicious. The photos are gorgeous too!

  25. Bron

    20 September

    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.

  26. I’ll eat coconut cupcakes any time of the year! And the marshmallow creme sounds perfect. Love the Cape pics – makes me want to go there this weekend!

  27. Beth

    22 September

    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.

  28. Looks like you had a wonderful getaway, I’m hanging on to summer for a little while longer myself!

  29. Mimi

    26 September

    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!

  30. Barbara

    28 September

    Beautiful cupcakes and marvelous end of summer photos, El.

  31. Denise

    8 October

    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™‚

  32. Joni Wheeler

    10 October

    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?

  33. mjauqi

    11 October

    Eli, these are beautiful photos, and these cupcakes looks delicius, regards from slovenia

  34. El

    11 October

    Joni, thanks for your note. I’m not sure how coconut milk would affect the texture but I’m all for experimenting. Give it a try!

  35. Shane

    21 June

    Nice post! I like this recipe, it’s very healthy and easy to do. Thanks for sharing!

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