The weather here in Seattle has been beautiful, clear, and golden the last couple of days. It is so refreshing to wake up in the morning to an enthusiastic chorus of birdsong, and then join the rest of the people bounding out of their homes to soak up as much Vitamin D as possible while we have this sunlight!
I did exactly that last Saturday as I ran the 5K mentioned in my last post. The race was put on by World Concern to support their efforts to fight human trafficking. I had such a good time, and the weather could not have been better.
Here we are post-race – my friends Ally, Erin, Sara, and me.
In light of the sunshine, I had summer flavors on my mind as I thought about what to bake this weekend. I kept coming back to a recipe I tried a few years ago after seeing a contestant make it on a Food Network show – Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting.
I remembered these as being delicious and was encouraged by the 5-star rating on foodnetwork.com. I thought about adapting them, but sometimes there’s just no reason to mess with a good thing!
I highly recommend these. They are absolutely scrumptious, especially if you’re a lime, coconut, or white chocolate person (which I am, am, and am).
As I didn’t really adapt it I’ll just send you straight to the source. The recipe can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/key-lime-coconut-cupcakes-with-white-chocolate-frosting-recipe/index.html.
I did make the change of garnishing with coconut flakes on top instead of lime zest (either option is great). I was also pretty generous with the lime juice/zest in the cupcakes – I added in nearly double what the recipe said. (The original amounts are perfectly fine – it just depends how much lime flavor you want.) I might also recommend doubling the recipe as it is (a little) more labor-intensive than some recipes but only yields about 12 cupcakes.
I hope you give these a try! These cupcakes have earned a permanent spot in my collection of favorite recipes.