Brooke’s White Christmas Cupcakes

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla frosting — your own or packaged

Shredded coconut

1.  Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare cupcake tins with paper or butter and flour lightly.

2.  Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

3.  In a separate, larger bowl, cream the butter. Gradually add the sugar, creaming until light and fluffy.

4.  Add the eggs one at a time, and beat well after each addition.

5.  In a small bowl, combine the milk and vanilla.

6.  To the butter mixture, add about one quarter of the flour mixture and mix well. Add about one quarter of the milk mixture and mix well. Continue alternating the flour mixture and milk mixture, beating after each addition until smooth.

7.  Pour the batter into the cupcake tins. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cake springs back when touched.

8.  Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, then turn the cupcakes out of the tins and onto a rack to finish cooling completely.

9.  When completely cooled, frost with white frosting of your choice, then dip each cupcake into a bowl filled with shredded coconut.

Makes 14 — 18 cupcakes

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