8 September 2014

Coconut and Lime Cupcakes

I recently had some delicious Lindt Chocolate fall into my hands, and somehow managed to resist the urge to eat it all instantly on the understanding that doing something else with it would make the chocolatey yumminess last even longer! 

Since my inspiration was this gorgeous Dark Lime Intense chocolate from the Lindt Excellence range, I figured I'd make the most of the lime and pair it with one of it's natural flavour buddies to make Coconut and Lime Cupcakes, topped with a limey Chocolate Ganache.

Here's how I made them:

coconut cakes


120g Butter
160g Sugar
2 eggs
Zest of 1 Lime
200g Self Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
125ml Coconut Milk
60g Dessicated Coconut

70g Lindt Dark Lime Intense Chocolate
70g Double Cream

grated lime zest

Mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs, then add and stir in the lime zest.

Sift together the flour and baking powder. Fold half into the existing mixture, then add in half of the coconut milk. Repeat with the remaining flour and coconut milk. Fold in the dessicated coconut. 

dessicated coconut

Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases, and bake in a preheated (to 180 degrees) oven for 18-20 minutes. 

ready for the oven

Remove from the oven when cooked and let them cool on a wire rack. When/while they cool, you can make your ganache topping.

I didn't use all the chocolate for my ganache because, well, I needed to know what it tasted like on it's own (really good!) - but using around 70g of my 100g bar gave me plenty to cover all of my cupcakes. 

baking with lindt

I used the same weight of cream as my chocolate (you can use more or less cream depending on the consistency you are after but equal measures seems to give a good 'cake-covering' thickness!) 

To make it, just break your chocolate into pieces in a bowl. Heat up the cream in a pan 'til just before boiling, and pour the hot cream onto the chocolate. Stir until all the chocolate is melted.

chocolate and cream

Spread the chocolatey mixture over your cupcakes (my approach is usually a slighty messy back-of-the-spoon effort but I'm sure many could create something much fancier looking!), I then just decorated mine with a wee bit extra lime zest and coconut. 

chocolate covered buns

These were easy-peasy to make and really tasty! 

I have a plan up my sleeve for the other delicious flavour I was sent - though I'll have to crack on quick, my stock of it is diminishing rather quickly! (If you've tasted it, you'll understand!) 

Do you have a favourite thing to do with chocolate, rather than just eat it all as quickly as possible? 

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