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Valentine-themed cupcakes are obviously a few weeks late, but they were SO GOOD I just had to share.

We got together with my family the Sunday before Valentine's Day and it was my job to make dessert. A few weeks earlier I had watched Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) make a drool-worthy coconut cake. I figured cupcakes may be a little easier (and cuter), so I went online to find the recipe. But that clever Ina -- she already had a cupcake recipe ready to go, so all I had to do was shop, bake, and enjoy.

These cupcakes are... incredible. There is no other word. I sampled a dangerous amount of batter but I could not stop. I also told Dan about a hundred times that we should have this very cake at our wedding.

The cupcakes are chock-full of coconut and have a hint of almond extract. That little surprise is brilliant and completely takes the cupcakes to a new level. My only feedback on the whole recipe is to divide the frosting recipe in half. It makes a TON, and even after coating the cupcakes with it, I had leftover frosting. You know I don't like wasting anything.

I can't wait to make this cake again on a warm summer afternoon.
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3/4/2011 05:12:38 pm

I LOVE coconut desserts and I bet the almond extract takes these over the top. yum!

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