Recently our home stager Eileen Crowley from Emerald Interiors mentioned we needed an accent colour for our home. Reg and I tend to love brown and grey, very earthy colours. I ended up picking a bright blue to add a dash of colour to our home. Since then, I have been obsessed with the idea of using our Blue Curaçao in cupcakes. Oh the weird foodie road I walk…
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I found this recipe on Eat. Swim. Shop. and loved that it was inspired by Shark Week! Also, it seemed like a super-easy recipe that would not take a lot of time to make but had very cool ingredients.
Using a Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake Mix looked like a great way to speed up the baking process. I also got 150 PC Points for it and it was only $1.49!
The part that was a pain in the ass was the creamed coconut. I picked up Grace Pure Creamed Coconut only to realize it was a hard solid brick that had to be “creamed” with boiling water.
The kitchen math was challenging enough to figure how much water to add but the hardest part? Getting it to soften and cream. Oh, my hands! You will need half a cup of creamed coconut. I hope you find and easier way to make it!
Combine 1/2 cup of Blue Curaçao, 1/2 cup cream of coconut, 3 egg whites and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. Blend together.
Add cake mix.
Beat until well combined (crap, I skipped that step by accident). Stir in 8 oz can crushed pineapple with juice and around 1 tsp blue food colouring.
Pour batter into lined cupcake cups. I used an ice cream scoop. OMG, look at that colour!
Pour batter into lined cupcake cups, filling cups 2/3 of the way.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean and/or the cake bounces back when you touch it lightly with one finger. Allow cupcakes to cool.
This recipe made 16 cupcakes.
These are amazing! OK, a little too much on the sweet side but wonderful. I always know I have a winner when a cupcake is so moist and tasty it does not require an icing. And these don’t! I could happily have them with nothing else on top. But what would be the fun in that?
Sift 1 cup of icing sugar and add enough blue Curaçao to make a glaze, 1 tsp at a time.
If you taste it just like this, wowee, super strong citrus alcohol flavour. Yum! I thought it would be too strong but…
It actually just added a nice extra layer so I could taste the Blue Curaçao even more. Top with sweetened coconut.
The creamed coconut was a pain in the butt but if you can find a way to get it already creamed, this would be a very easy, tasty and memorable treat to bring to a summer party. The crushed pineapple adds great texture and it really does taste like tropical fun.
Which I kind of need right now. Along with a vacation! And another cupcake…