Monday, November 29, 2010

Coconut Macaroon Cupcakes

My husband loves coconut cookies and cakes and macaroons... anything to do with coconut. The other day I mentioned to him that I wanted to make some of those fashionable French style macaroons that you see everywhere here in NZ now. But when I said the word 'macaroons' he immediately thought of coconut macaroon type cookies, and he was quite excited. The I showed him a picture and he bacame skeptical about the pretty pink and pastel green things I wanted to make.
"Have they got coconut?" "Ehm... no.... almonds...."
In his opinion this made no sense at all: he wanted to bite into something coconutty!!!

So I made some chocolate and coconut cookies instead, (I will post about them later on), and these cupcakes, and called them coconut macaroons cupcakes.

Roses from my garden to decorate and... could not decide which background was better for the photo: Blue or white? So I put both photos in. What do you think?

Coconut Macaroon Cupcakes

For the cupcakes

3 eggs

120 g sugar

75 ml vegetable oil

80 g coconut

100 g self-rising flour

Half tsp vanilla paste

For the frosting

1 egg white

2 or 3 tbsp icing sugar (depending on the size of the egg)

1 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp coconut shreds

Makes 12 cupcakes

Whisk the eggs with the sugar until pale yellow in colour. Slowly add the oil and keep beating, then add all the other ingredients, one at the time.

Divide the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and bake at 180ºC for approximately 20 minute.

Let the cupcakes cool down for 30 minutes. In the meantime whisk the egg white with the icing sugar and lemon juice, like for making a meringue. Fold in the coconut shreds and then spoon over the cupcakes.

Place back into the oven at 100º for about 10 minutes, or until the topping start to colour.

Allow to cool down before eating them, if you can :-)

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. Ale! They are sibly beautyful and delicious!

    about Christmas...I know what you talk about, I spent several "summer christmas" and you don't feel it the same way!

    see you around!

  2. Mostly I just missed the snow, because I grew up in the mountains. The cold... I don't miss that!

  3. Ciao Alessandra mi sembrano deliziosi, complimenti per la bella carriera ;D
    Buona giornata

  4. What a beautiful way to decorate your cupcakes! And I made something with coconut today too! :D

  5. Anche a me come tuo marito piace il sapore del anche tantissimo quello della mandorla!
    Bellissimi questi cupcake...

    Hai un giardinoooo che meraviglia!
    Baci e buon lunedi

  6. I prefere the (slightly) rose as background but maybe changing pic's prospective.
    I've dreamed of macaroons but I'm not so crazy or yes...
    I you decide to measure yourself with macaroons what's your best recipe?

  7. Enza, ciao! let me try first and then I'll tell you!

  8. Mmmmm, love anything coconut, too. Your cupcakes are darling. I love the rose decorations and I think I like the blue background better. Che bella!

    And summer! That is a fleeting memory for me. We had our first snowflakes here over the weekend.


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