Coconut Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Ganache

Cupcakes. One of my favourite things. Also a nickname I seem to have picked up from my user icon in a system at work. Then again, I seem to have picked up a lot of nicknames at work. Depending who’s talking, it’s KT, KTPO, “work wife” (for at least 4 different people), “team mom,” Kris, Tina… I’m sure there are some I don’t know about, too.

The first step to making the cupcake batter is emptying a can of coconut milk into a bowl. This step looks gross. Coconut milk is slightly grey and watery and full of chunky solidified coconut oil.

Not at all appealing
Not at all appealing

It looks only marginally better looking after it’s been well whisked to make it smooth.

Not a whole lot better
Not a whole lot better

Fortunately, it makes for yummy cake batter.

Now we're talking
Now we’re talking

The batter’s scooped into muffin liners and baked.


The interesting thing about this recipe is that it calls for a 20 minute rest before it goes into the oven, to cause a rounded top. I’m not sure what the science behind this is, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.

Naked cupcakes
Naked cupcakes

These cupcakes were topped with the milk chocolate ganache – which isn’t milk-based. It’s heavy cream, with mid-dark chocolate and white chocolate mixed in. Yummy.

Mmmm... chocolate...
Mmmm… chocolate…

I brought most of the cupcakes into work this morning, and got rave reviews. My email to my teams announcing the availability of coconut cupcakes with chocolate ganache included the words: “Coconut taste, not horrible coconut texture.” So, that should explain why I didn’t top my cupcakes with toasted coconut as decoration. 😉


4 thoughts on “Coconut Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Ganache

  1. It’s interesting to see the coconut milk is in chunks over there that you have to whisk it. Our coconut milk in can is liquid..not much stirring is needed..maybe it’s the weather.


  2. “Coconut taste, not horrible coconut texture.” That’s funny! Great idea to use the dough whisk. That ganache frosting looks as good as Christmas fudge.


  3. Funny how lots of people don’t like coconut. I guess shredded coconut has a particular texture. These were great cupcakes and I’m glad even the coconut doubters liked them.


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