More Cupcakes & Magnolia Bakery

There once was a chocolate company named Scharffen Berger who had a cupcake contest. One day, I read on Bakerella’s site about said contest. A few days later, a sister-in-law of mine called me up and said she was entering this contest. Then everyone went crazy on Twitter and Facebook. Alas, the universe was telling me that I HAD to enter.

Scharffen Berger’s contest called the Chocolate Adventure Contest had thousands of people whipping up cupcakes by the dozens with their chocolate and an “adventure ingredient”. I was first going to choose beets, but then after two failed attempts, I switched my game plan and went with coconut butter instead.

After 3 more batches of chocolate cupcakes, I FINALLY got my recipe down. And, it’s a good one. Ridiculously good. And, I know I say that about a lot of things, but this time I mean it! I was thinking a lot about the ingredients and what to add and what flavor combinations would go well together. I love pretty much all food and when you’re as indecisive as I am, this ‘easy’ decision could potentially take a while. So, for inspiration, while I was in NYC for GMA, I purposely went out of my way to get some cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery.

Oh mama, were they tasty! And when I’m paying $3.75 per cupcake, they better be! Of course there was a line and they hardly had any cupcakes to choose from because all the people in front of me kept buying them all! Seriously!

The cupcakes I chose were Orange Cream, Double Chocolate, Vanilla, and Red Velvet. I ended up feeling a little sick after I bought them, so I brought them with me on the plane that afternoon back to Oregon as my carry-on item. All the TSA people were like “you know what’s good in New York!” My husband was shocked when I arrived with a box filled with fresh cupcakes from a posh New York City Bakery! We sampled them all and if I had to choose a favorite, I’d pick the plain vanilla cupcake and the chocolate frosting. I’m so specific! Ha! The red velvet was pretty fabulous too! But, who am I kidding? I loved them all…..and more importantly ate them all.

If you are in New York, you should go check out all the fabulous desserts at Magnolia Bakery. They were great!

Now back to this recipe for my Scharffen Berger recipe. I knew I was going to use lots of chocolate, butter and anything else high in calories. Just scroll down and see my ingredients list filled to the brim with sugar, sour cream, whole milk, whipped cream, cream cheese, more chocolate, coconut etc..

I’m sorry to say that I can’t give you the entire recipe just yet……..I’d be disqualified if I did! RATS. But, it IS coming in February! Maybe if you’re really interested in these cupcakes, I could email it to you……actually, let me check the rules and get back to you. You can still email me though! 🙂 I like getting emails from you guys! Maybe one Saturday when you’re bored you could experiment with this list of miscellaneous stuff. Kind of lame, I know, but take it up with Scharffen Berger!

And, Scharffen Berger, if you’re reading, I’d love to win! I love NYC and Gordon has never been! Try these ones out! I promise they’re good! My husband took them to work and everyone was smitten! They were all fighting over who got to try one. They were literally speechless and in awe {direct quote from my husband}.

Triple Chocolate Coconut Paradise Cupcakes
yield: 16
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cup butter
cup semi sweet chocolate chips
cup coconut butter/oil
cup granulated sugar
whole eggs
teaspoon vanilla extract
cup cocoa powder
teaspoon salt
teaspoon baking soda
cup all purpose flour
cup sour cream
cup whole milk

cup white chocolate chips
oz. cream cheese, softened
cup shredded sweetened coconut

cup salted butter, softened
cup cocoa powder
teaspoon vanilla
cups powdered sugar
cup whole milk
plain whipped cream

cup shredded sweetened coconut, lightly toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with 16 paper liners, spray tops of pans lightly with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Place butter and chocolate chips in a small bowl. Microwave until butter has melted. Stir mixture until residual heat from the butter has melted chocolate chips completely. Stir in coconut butter to melt. Pour melted mixture into a larger bowl and whip with granulated sugar. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Sift cocoa, salt, baking soda and flour. Slowly stir dry ingredients to wet ingredients until barely incorporated. Carefully fold in sour cream and milk. Batter will be thick. Drop by the tablespoon into prepared pans to be 3/4 full. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

To make the filling, melt white chocolate chips in a small bowl. Once chocolate is melted thoroughly, whip with cream cheese and then stir in coconut.

Once cupcakes are cooled completely, scoop small hole into top of cake {about 3/4 inch in diameter and 1/2 inch deep}. Spoon coconut filling evenly into the small holes. Set aside.

For the frosting, whip butter, cocoa, vanilla and powdered sugar together. While mixer is on low speed, stream in milk. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl and whip on high speed for 2 minutes. Carefully fold in whipped cream. Frost cupcakes with about 1 heaping tablespoon of frosting. Once all cupcakes are frosted, top with toasted coconut.

Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


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  1. I’m envious! I love the Magnolia Bakery’s cookbooks and can’t wait to sample their wares for myself sometime…Really need to convince my Mister that it’s time for a trip to NYC again soon!
    cathy b.
    p.s.can’t wait for an occasion to try your cupcakes. Coconut Butter and I are big buddies, but most of the time it’s relegated to topping a roasted sweet potato or swirled on top of my oats…

  2. I’m lucky enough to live with Lauren and so I, in person, tasted said cupcakes. I am the one who generally, “Doesn’t eat sugar…” (who am I kidding?) But I saw a piece of cake stick out between the cupcake paper and frosting so I took a little piece of it. This is not your ordinary, dry, crumbly cupcake; I ate the whole thing without looking back. We wrote down names she could name this concoction; I liked the word Chocstacy but it was turned down… It’s been a luscious adventure just eating it.

  3. What a fabulous cupcake. I know I’d love it! Good luck!

  4. Oh my goodness these cupcakes look perfect!

  5. They look so delicious!

  6. How about you make some more for me to try!! Then you won’t have to give me the recipe 🙂

  7. Oh my goodness these sound heavenly!! Just the thought of all the chocolate and coconut is making me lightheaded and giddy! I will definitely have to e-mail you….

    (and I just started following your blog yesterday and am I sure I have gained at least 15 lbs just reading it!!! with so many of your recipes I know it will be love at first bite!!)

  8. is the recipe available?!

    • I never got the magnolia cupcake recipes! Is that what you were referring to?

  9. Hi! Since the contest ended, would you mind writing down the amounts of the ingredients you used? These look so good, and I’d love to try them out!

    PS: I love your website. I’ve already been through 50 pages. I know, I have a problem. Keep up the amazing work!

  10. Contest over would you be kind enough to send the recipe please???

  11. Would love to have the exact recipe, these look amazing and I love chocolate and coconut butter. Loving your blog and all of these glorious recipes. Thank you



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