Monday, November 5, 2012

THB #11 - Banana Cashew & Coconut Coffee Cupcakes

I love banana cake!  Be it dense and moist, light and spongy - all types, and also all kinds of combinations - with chocolate, cheese, nuts, coffee, etc
And for this eleventh bake for The Home Bakers, the combination is rather unique - with coconut flakes, and it's mixed in the cake
I was eager to know the texture and taste of this cake, I love coconut in cakes, too!
So I baked it last weekend and I made just half recipe in muffin pans
With 1/4 cup of batter in every mould, I had 10 cakes

I love this cake! Even though the texture was a little more compact, but it's still soft and so moist! Taste wise, oh so yummy! The banana flavour combined with the crunch from the coconut flakes, the delicious cinnamon and nutty topping - it's really a brilliant idea to combine all those ingredients together!

I followed the recipe exactly, using more bananas than it's required though - for half recipe I used 2 large bananas. I replaced sour cream with plain low fat yoghurt
Also I used cashew nuts instead, simply cos that was what I had in stock :)
Oh and I only had light brown sugar, so I used that
I used dark rum liqueur, and since I couldn't find sweetened flaked coconut, I made my own from desiccated coconut
Baked the cupcakes for approximately 25 minutes

Here's the recipe to make sweetened flaked coconut from desiccated coconut, I googled I found one from

What you need for the DIY sweetened flaked coconut:

1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 1/2 tsp canola oil
2 tsp water (or 4 tsp if you omit the oil)
  1. Mix desiccated coconut with icing sugar in a bowl
  2. In a separate bowl, mix oil and water
  3. Pour liquid mix over the sugared coconut, mix well
  4. Let mixture sit for at least 10 minutes until coconut absorps all liquid. Stir mixture once or twice
  5. Use immediately

For full recipe, please hop over to Kit's site
This recipe was chosen by her - great choice, Kit! :)

This post is for The Home Bakers hosted by Joyce
An event for baking enthusiasts using recipes from the book Coffee Cakes by Lou Seibert Pappas


  1. This looks delicious!Might try it this weekend.Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. So many of you making them into cupcakes! And thanks for the tip on making sweetened coconut... I simply used dessicated coconut.

  3. Banana Cashew & Coconut Coffee Cupcakes, these ingredients combined sure can make a good cupcake. Splendid, Alice.

  4. Everyone seems to love this cake! So many of you made these into cupcakes too! Any way these are made, they are downright delicious! And thanks for sharing on making the sweetened flaked coconuts! It will come in handy when I've run out of flaked coconuts, one of my favourite ingredients in cakes!
    Have a great week, Alice!

  5. Hi Alice,

    Nice to be back to the blogging world browsing through all your delicious bakes... Sad that I didn't get to meet you :(

    This THB recipe seems really good but I have given this a miss because my family strangely didn't like coconut in our bakes.


    1. hi Zoe, yeah, too bad I was stuck at home that time :(
      thks for the gift, its still with Mich, i'll get it from her next week :)
      my family doesn't really like coconut too, but I do LOL

  6. So glad that you like this cake & made into lovely cupcakes too. Love the idea of making your own sweetened flaked coconut. Thanks again for sharing & I'm bookmarking this recipe. I can't seem to find any sweetened flaked coconut over here. This will be great & handy. :)

  7. Such handsome cupcake, Alice! It looks moist and goes well with a cup of coffee (coffee, again *chuckle*)

  8. Alice,
    This banana cupcakes looks yummy.
    Like the moist and spongy texture.
    Simply yum!

  9. hi alice, i think most of us like this cake very much and thanks for sharing the recipe to make coconut flakes from dessicated coconut. Enjoy the weekend!

    1. hi Lena, yes, i did enjoy this cupcakes so much! thks :)

  10. OoOoO cashews !!! That would have never crossed my mind, great choice ;) and I just love the cupcakes! well me being the cupcake gal I will have to bake these as cupcakes too ;)

    1. thank u :) i believe u are one great cupcake fan, looking at how u name your blog :)

  11. Alice,

    your cupcakes look so moist and decadent with the madacamia nut streusel on top :)

  12. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesNovember 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Hi Alice, I couldn't find sweetened coconut flake and so omitted that totally. Thanks for sharing on method of making sweetened coconut flake. Your cupcakes look great :)

    1. thks Eileen!
      i'm glad i can be such a help :)

  13. Great work Alice! I love the cupcakes! :) :)



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