Ever since I made the recipe for The Perfect Cake Mix Cupcake, I think I got the cupcake bug. I know that cupcakes are a trend right now and I’m starting to enjoy that trend. Cupcakes are fun and cute with built in portion control, that is if you can manage to eat only 1 or 2.
I recently checked out an old Southern Living magazine from the library, it was March of 2007. They had a few cupcake recipes in there and guess what? Tthey used a cake mix. I love the idea of using the cake mix and doctoring it up a little to make it even better.
I must tell you that this recipe for the Basic White Cupcakes with coconut buttercream was fabulous. This is now going to be they only way I’ll make white cupcakes. I love that the recipe called for a little almond extract. You don’t really taste almond, it just helps add to the whole flavor of the cupcake.
I also topped the cupcake for their recipe for Coconut Buttercream.
The recipe calls for cream of coconut instead of milk. Now, I used coconut milk the first time I made these. Honestly, at the time I didn’t know if there is a difference between cream of coconut and coconut milk. I now know there is a big difference between the 2. It did add a slight coconut flavor to the frosting, but I almost think if you want more of a coconut flavor you just just use regular milk and add a little coconut extract.
Southern Living topped their cupcakes with regular coconut. I did a few that way, but the rest I topped with toasted coconut. I love the flavor you get with the toasted coconut along with the crunch. Plus I liked how it looked on the cupcake, bringing out the golden color of the cake. These little morsels were scrumptious. You must give them a try. Too make sure I’m on the up and up with Southern Living and sharing their recipe, I have provided links below to the recipe on MyRecipes.com. Make sure to top with off with either the sweetened coconut of toasted coconut.
- WHITE CAKE MIX
- ALMOND EXTRACT
- NON-STICK COOKING SPRAY
- LIGHT CREAM CHEESE
- POWDERED SUGAR
- CREAM OF COCONUT (FOUND IN THE BEVERAGE ISLE)
These are the original photos from this post. The above photo was updated in April 2014.