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Cupkate's Marshmallow Coconut Cupcakes

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Ingredients:

– 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (350 grams) – 1 3/4 cups Sugar (350 grams) – 1 tablespoon baking powder – 1 teaspoon salt – 1 cup Real California butter, softened – 4 eggs – 2 egg whites – 1 cup Real California whole milk – 1 1/2 teaspoons teaspoons vanilla extract – 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped Meringue Frosting: – 4 egg whites – 2/3 cup sugar – 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar – 1 cup toasted coconut

Directions:

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 350°F. Line standard muffin tins with 24 paper liners.

In a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add butter to dry ingredients, mixing until butter disperses evenly and mixture resembles cornmeal.

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, milk, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds. Slowly add to dry ingredients, mixing until well blended.

Spoon batter into paper liners. Bake 12-15 minutes or until top of cupcakes spring back when touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in tins 5 minutes; remove from tins and cool completely on a wire rack.

When cupcakes have cooled, fill a pastry bag with meringue frosting. With an inverted pastry tip or apple corer, cut a hole out of the middle of each cupcake from the top. Fill holes and frost cupcakes with meringue frosting. With a kitchen torch, toast frosting until lightly browned; sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Meringue Frosting

Pinch salt in a medium, heat-proof bowl, mix together all ingredients. Over a pot of boiling water, whisk mixture until it appears foamy and reaches 165°F on a candy thermometer. Transfer to a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat until cool.

Recipe courtesy of Kate McEachern, Cupkates, San Francisco, Calif.

Per Order:

Makes 24 cupcakes

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