Saturday

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese-Coconut Frosting



My favorite cupcakes in two-bite size ~ the recipe I use for the cupcake batter is Nigella Lawson's recipe for Fairy Cakes.
The bonus is that the batter is made in the food processor; it nearly goes together in the blink of an eye.





And the cream cheese frosting is Ina Garten's with coconut. I halve the recipe and there is plenty for 24 of these mini-cupcakes.




Because it is the Christmas season I decorated them with the tip-leaves from my organic mint to resemble holly, and tiny cinnamon candies known as "Red Hots" (tm) to represent red berries.


These are the perfect size for a tea-snack, a kids party, or a holiday dessert buffet.



They also make a nice little gift on a pretty plate for neighbors and friends.



Of course if you don't care for coconut you can substitute with a generous sprinkling of confectioners' sugar, or just omit the extra toppings.

If you would like a printable copy of the recipes, you'll find them on my recipe blog.
Click HERE.
Thank you for stopping by today!
I always am very appreciative of any comments you share with me.




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43 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! You take great pictures! Happy Holidays!

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  2. Wowww what a superb clicks...Sooooo beautiful...Cupcakes looks yummyyyy.

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  3. Beautiful cupcakes and so festive looking! Hope to give these a try.

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  4. Such a perfect little Christmas dessert! And it looks like a work of art!
    Thank you!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  5. OOOH Mary, Perfect little Christmas cupcakes. Beautiful.

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  6. Not only would these taste delicious...they are so cute! I love the "holly" on top. Clever.

    Sue

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  7. Absolutely delightful! And that they are made in petite sizes makes them even more adorable. Love the colours of Christmas, Mari!

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  8. Wow does that make my mouth water! Your photographs are wonderful.

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  9. I love coconut! It really does make them look like fanciful fairy cakes. Everything you make is so beautifully presented!

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  10. Mari, your photographs make me almost weep, they are soooo beautiful! I love the little mint leaves with the cinnamon hots & I wish now that I had dug up some of mine to winter over inside the house. Its under several inches of snow now so there is no hope of getting any for this holiday. I will be saving this idea for next year, though! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creations with us all.
    Merry Christmas!!

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  11. Mari, these little cakes are perfection! I love the "holly" on top, it puts one right into the holiday spirit. Many thanks...

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  12. I love little things too..They're so cute Mary..and the house is the perfect decor!

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  13. Beautiful Mari!
    Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!
    God Bless,
    Michelle

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  14. Coconut is my favorite so I'll be putting extra on my minis. Your little cakes are so festive, Mari. Why does everyone like little bites? Is it because we don't feel so guilty when we eat them. This is a pleasure I will have to indulge in.

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  15. Oh my dear,these are lovely. I would be so proud to present these and I know my recipients would be dazzled. Thank you for such a beautiful post.

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  16. Oh Mari! those cakes are so pretty! perfect adornment too...very Christmassy!

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  17. Mari, I would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Have a wonderful time.
    god bless,
    Zurin

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  18. These are the cutest things!! what a nice treat they would make for neighbors.

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  19. absolutely gorgouse! I love how festive they look for the holidays. Remimds me of holly in the snow!

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  20. Simply fantastic and gorgeous!!!

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  21. How cute are these! And your photography is absolutely stunning.

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  22. Your cakes are adorable, Mari. I love the coconut and the holly on top! Yum.

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  23. I want to pop one of those little babies right into my mouth right now!

    Love to you girlfriend...Merry Christmas! xo

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  24. Those are just beautiful little treats...and my favorite combination of flavors.

    Merry Christmas,

    Kristine

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  25. You are so talented, Mari! It's so clever to use the Red Hots as berries!! I would never have thought of that. I love Nigella's Fairy Cupcakes. Delicious and gorgeous!!

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  26. These look great! I love the little touch of the mint and 'Red hots' to give them a festive look!

    I just came across your blog and will definitely be back regularly now : D

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  27. These cupcakes look absolutely gorgeous and the colours are really pretty - very Christmas in fact. Do I see a gingerbread house in the background?

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  28. What pretty creation!!!. They look too pretty to eat!.. Gorgeous clicks as well!

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  29. your cupcakes looks really fantastic and also your photos are beautiful! Iced kisses from Italy!!

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  30. Beautiful cupcakes!!! Merry Christmas!

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  31. Mari these are so pretty! You always do such a lovely job with all of your food and photos. I enjoy coming here as always. Have a Merry Christmas Mari!

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  32. Very nice!!!!! beautiful!! thanks for shearing

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  33. Loved the cupcakes they look fabulous. You have a lovely blog.

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  34. Love Love Love this cupcake! Too cute! I certainly have to make these for Christmas! Thanks for the terrific idea! Happy Christmas! Pam

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  35. These are a holly jolly delight! :-)

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  36. Oh, how festive and Christmasy! Thanks!

    Diane

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  37. Thank you so much for your comments everyone.

    I'm wishing you all the very happiest of holidays!

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  38. I liked these cupcakes. Seem to look similar to coconut-vanilla chocolate balls. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. These can make a Christmas treat!

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  39. Hi Mari.. I just checked your this section, its something so interesting and these cup cakes are looking so yummy. I love coconuts and they are very tempting

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    Love
    Farah

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  40. How adorable and your photos are divine! These cupcakes remind me of my favorite ice cream coconut snow balls.

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