2nd time baking contest winner with these Pumpkin Coconut Cupcakes!

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winner, winner… pumpkin dinner

This recipe is seriously worth sharing again. I can’t believe that these pumpkin coconut cupcakes won a baking contest… again! I won a baking contest using this exact same recipe 4 years ago. Award Winning Pumpkin Coconut Cupcakes

Ok, ok… it wasn’t a serious baking contest but it was serious enough because they were baking contests at my work. And those get serious. Especially when there are prizes (and egos) involved.

I found this recipe a few years ago. It’s a Paula Deen recipe. There is no butter involved in the pumpkin batter. However, there is a lot of oil, which I think is the magic moistness factor.

I made these as pumpkin bars many times without the frosting on top and they are still a hit! They are seriously The most delicious pumpkin bars EVER! (Click that link for the link to the Paula Deen recipe).

So back to me winning the baking contest… I made these as cupcakes and I think that the winning combination is the combo of pumpkin, cream cheese and toasted coconut. Yes, I said toasted coconut. You might not think that this mixture goes well together, but it does! I received many compliments on this recipe and the judges said that the addition of the toasted coconut on top was a “nice little surprise at the end”. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but it must mean something good.

So even though these cupcakes are based on Paula Deen’s recipe for pumpkin bars,  which on it’s own is delicious,  I did add a few tweaks of my own. I believe these little tweaks made all the difference. I added a teaspoon of vanilla to the pumpkin batter and I added toasted coconut on top. Those were my two little tweaks.

Here’s the link to the recipe again Pumpkin Bars by Paula Deen. Don’t forget to tweak the recipe by adding a teaspoon of vanilla to the batter, making the cream cheese frosting as directed and adding toasted coconut on top. Or follow this recipe: Award Winning Pumpkin Coconut Cupcakes

If you win a baking contest too, then… You’re welcome.

Happy Baking!

 

 

 

 

Award Winning Pumpkin Coconut Cupcakes

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This recipe belongs to Paula Deen. I’ve made it many times as pumpkin bars. I adapted it just a bit for pumpkin cupcakes. You can find the original recipe here.

For the pumpkin cupcakes, you will need the following ingredients:

4 eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line up your cupcake pan with cupcake liners. This batch made 30 cupcakes.

1. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla and pumpkin until light and fluffy.

2. Stir together the flour (don’t forget to sift the flour, very important!), baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.

4. Fill cupcake liners about halfway. Bake for 20 minutes. Let completely cool before frosting.

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Ingredients for the icing:
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin cupcakes.

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Ingredients for the topping:

7 oz. of sweetened shredded coconut.

To make the topping, lightly toast the coconut: Spread coconut in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently in between.

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Top the cupcakes with toasted coconut and enjoy!

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I entered these cupcakes in a Halloween cupcake contest and it won first prize! That’s why I call them Award Winning Pumpkin Coconut Cupcakes.

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Feeling coco-nutty…