Recipe: Chocolate, Coconut and Raspberry Cupcakes

Today my workplace is holding the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, a cancer research fundraiser which is very popular with hungry scientists!  Since I work in a medical research institute looking after a couple of cancer research Divisions, we take this pretty seriously.  (Actually, my Divisions take cake pretty seriously no matter what the reason…) One of my closest friends at work can’t eat eggs, and another can’t eat dairy, so after my delight in the Chocolate, Raspberry and Coconut Spread the other day, I thought I’d try making a vegan cupcake along similar lines… and I’m very glad I did, because these are really yummy!

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250ml coconut milk (preferably light), plus 75ml for the icing
1 tsp cider vinegar
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 Australian tbsp (40ml) canola oil
85g raspberries (frozen are fine, but defrost before you start) + 85g for the icing
vanilla essence
raspberry essence (optional but nice)
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp bicarb
150g chocolate (for the icing)

Now what will you do with it?

Preheat the oven to 175°C, and line 12 muffin tins with paper cases (actually, I made this recipe three times as large, because it was for a work thing, and also for dessert last night, and what if there isn’t enough food?).

Put the coconut milk in a bowl with the cider vinegar, and mix well.  Mash the raspberries well, and mix in with the sugar and canola oil.  Add in a teaspoon or so of vanilla essence (to taste), and a few drops of raspberry essence or flavouring if you had it.  Raspberry liqueur would also work here (but doesn’t it always?).

Mix together the dry ingredients (all but the chocolate) in a separate bowl, and sift into the wet ingredients.  Actually, I’m far too lazy to do this – I just dump the whole lot into the wet ingredients, just making sure to put the bicarb and baking soda in last so they don’t start reacting with the wet ingredients.  Mix everything together well until there are very few lumps and you have a surprisingly convincing cake batter.

Divide the batter among your twelve muffin cases – a heaped dessertspoon in each was about right when I did it – and bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on your oven. 

Let the cakes cool on a rack, while you prepare the icing.

The icing bears a more-than-passing resemblance to the aforementioned chocolate, coconut and raspberry spreadSmash up your raspberries very well, then melt your chocolate gently with the coconut milk.  Mix the whole lot together, and maybe add some raspberry essence or liqueur if you have it.  Let cool until it is fairly thick, and then either spoon onto the cakes, or pipe on.  If, like me, you have an obsession with edible glitter, sprinkle a little of this on top.

Eat just as they are, or if you are trying to pretend that dessert is healthy tonight, you can have a cupcake with a poached pear and some ice-cream.

Don’t they look healthy now?  Also, don’t you like my pretendy-cooking-magazine presentation?  This is because I am a terrible photographer who took my best picture with all sorts of rubbish in the background, so I photoshopped it onto a plain background.  Very classy, I think  (though perhaps not the Magic Pudding plate)…

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10 comments for “Recipe: Chocolate, Coconut and Raspberry Cupcakes

  1. May 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    What an unusual recipe for a cupcake, I like it! It sounds delicious 😀

  2. May 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you! I’m really pleased with the way the cupcakes turned out, even if I will now be fishing glitter out of everything I own for the next three weeks…

  3. Ana
    May 25, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I’m so hungry after reading that! They sound delicious. I’m going to to ask my sister to try the recipe first as she’s a better dessert cook than me! Love the blog but I will have to be careful when I read it as I’m now going into my kitchen to hunt for cake or chocolate or raspberries…or all three!

    • May 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

      They are really easy to make – that’s part of the beauty of them, actually! And I’m glad they make you hungry – food writing that doesn’t leave one looking speculatively into the fridge and pantry is rather missing the point, in my view…

  4. Steph
    May 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I have had the pleasure of eating these cupcakes made by Catherine and I can tell you now – they are TO DIE FOR!!!!! My tummy has never been happier.
    The perfect combination of chocolate and raspberry and honestly the most moist, basically perfect cupcake I have ever had pass by my lips. Perfect!!!!

    • May 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks, Steph – I’m really glad you enjoyed them!

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