COCONUT CREAM PIE CUPCAKES

Coconut Cream Pie Cupcakes — moist, light and airy coconut cupcakes filled with coconut custard and topped with creamy coconut frosting and toasted coconut. These cupcakes are loaded with coconut flavour!

COCONUT CREAM PIE CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS
COCONUT CUSTARD FILLING:
  1. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  2. 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 large egg yolks
  5. 1 and 1/4 cup coconut milk
  6. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  7. 1 tsp pure coconut extract
  8. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  9. 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes (optional)
COCONUT CUPCAKES:
  1. 1 and ½ cups All purpose flour
  2. 1 and ½ cups granulated Sugar
  3. 1 and ½ teaspoons Baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon Baking soda
  5. ½ teaspoon salt
  6. 2 large Eggs, room temperature
  7. 2 teaspoons Pure Coconut Extract
  8. ⅓ cup Vegetable oil
  9. ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  10. ½ cup coconut milk, room temperature
  11. 1 recipe of my Dreamy Coconut Buttercream Frosting
TOPPING:
  1. 1 cup toasted coconut
INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE COCONUT CUSTARD FILLING:
  • Sift sugar, cornstarch and salt into a medium bowl and whisk together. Add egg yolks and whisk until combined and smooth.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut milk and heavy cream. Heat over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer.
  • Once coconut milk mixture begins to simmer, immediately remove from heat and slowly pour a little bit into the egg mixture while whisking constantly to temper the eggs.
  • Slowly pour the remaining milk mixture into the egg mixture while whisking constantly.
  • Pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan and return to medium heat. and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture is thickened and begins to boil, 3-5 minutes. Mixture should coat the back of a spoon. Allow to boil for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Remove from heat and add coconut extract and butter. Whisk until melted and smooth. Strain pudding through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Fold in the coconut flakes, if desired.
  • Place plastic wrap directly on top of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or preferably overnight.
FOR THE COCONUT CUPCAKES:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C), and line a standard cupcake pan with paper liners. Line a second pan with 4-6 liners. This recipe makes about 16-18 cupcakes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • In a measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, coconut extract, vegetable oil, buttermilk and coconut milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Fill each liner HALFWAY full.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 14-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out with a few moist crumbs. Allow cupcakes to cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the cupcakes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating. Meanwhile, make a batch of my Dreamy Coconut Buttercream Frosting.