It’s hard to eat just one of these cupcakes, which combine moist, light chocolate cake with rich, chocolate-caramel frosting and flaky coconut.
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12 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
One 12-ounce bag unsweetened large-flaked coconut
How to Make It
Step 1 make the frosting
Combine both chocolates in a large bowl. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over moderate heat until dissolved. Boil without stirring, brushing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush occasionally, until a deep-amber caramel forms, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and carefully add the cream; it will bubble vigorously. Whisk until smooth, then pour the caramel over the chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute, then whisk until the frosting is smooth. Refrigerate until completely cool but spreadable, about 2 hours.
Step 2 meanwhile, make the cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a measuring cup, combine the buttermilk and water. In a large bowl, beat the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk.
Step 3 meanwhile, make the cupcakes
Spoon the batter into the cups, filling them three-quarters full. Bake for about 20 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to a rack to cool completely.
Step 4 meanwhile, make the cupcakes
Meanwhile, spread the coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 2 to 3 minutes, until lightly golden. Let cool.
Step 5 meanwhile, make the cupcakes
Frost the cupcakes, top with the toasted coconut and serve.
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