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The delicious combination of cherries and coconut make for a decadent and fresh summer treat. Garnish with some fun fondant and edible ruby red glitter cherries or just use a real one! Enjoy!
1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
2. Cream the butter and sugar on high speed (in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) for approximately 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the eggs, maraschino cherry juice and vanilla. Scrape down the bowl at least once and mix well.
4. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined.
5. Fold in shredded coconut.
6. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each liner about ¾ of the way to the top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.
7. Find the Frostalicious Frosting recipe in my recipe box or use your favorite vanilla frosting. (As an option, add extra coconut and diced maraschino cherries to the frosting.) Frost cupcakes as desired.
Note: For the optional toppers, use real cherries or balls of fondant rolled in disco dust and floral wire for the cherry stem.
Perfect for a summer picnic.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!