Wednesday, May 29, 2013
One of my friends is totally crazy about Samoas cookies. Not that I can blame her. Chocolate, coconut, and caramel is a pretty hard combo to resist. I'm just as crazy about the Samoas ice cream that Dreyer's recently came out with.
So, with Samoas on the brain, I decided to make my own version of a Samoas cupcake. I used King Arthur Flour's golden cake recipe as the base, whipped up a caramel coconut filling, and topped it all off with rich chocolate ganache.
Oh boy was it ever good. I loved KAF's cake recipe. It was so moist and fluffy and had a nice crumb and great vanilla flavor. I think this will be my go-to vanilla cupcake recipe, at least for now. With the yummy, gooey filling and luscious frosting, this was the best Samoas I've ever eaten. Thank goodness that I had people I could give these cupcakes to, or else I would have devoured the whole batch. It's nice to know that I can now have Samoas more than once a year.
Samoas Cupcakes (Sweet as Sugar Cookies)
Vanilla Cupcakes (King Arthur Flour)
2 c. sugar
3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. unsalted butter, soft
1 1/4 c. milk, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla
4 large eggs
Caramel Sauce (In the Pink and Green)
1/2 c. sugar
3 Tbsp. salted butter, cubed
1/4 c. + 1 Tbsp. heavy cream, at room temperature
10 Tbsp. sweetened shredded coconut
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. heavy cream
For the cupcakes:
Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners.
Cream the sugar with the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and add the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and sift the mixture. Add half the mixture to the wet ingredients and beat to combine. Add the milk and stir to combine. Then, add the rest of the flour mixture and mix well to combine.
Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tins. Bake at 350F for 20-25 min. until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the muffin pans and place on wire racks to cool.
For the caramel coconut filling: In a medium saucepan, cook the sugar over medium heat, whisking as it melts. When it turns a deep amber color, add the butter and stir until melted. Add the heavy cream and whisk till the caramel is smooth. Remove from heat and let cool. Add the shredded coconut till combined.
For the ganache: Place the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small bowl and heat for 1 min. at 50% power. Stir and repeat the process as necessary till smooth. Chill the ganache briefly until it reaches your desired consistency.
Makes 24 cupcakes