Lemon Coconut Chick Cupcakes
Author: Elizabeth L
For the Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
For the Icing & Decoration
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Yellow Food Dye
  • Chewy Fruit Candy
  • Black Decorating Gel
For the Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl then mix in lemon zest and set aside.
  4. In another medium sized bowl, cream the butter then add the sugar and mix until fluffy.
  5. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well incorporated.
  6. Slowly add 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture then alternate with half the milk and lemon juice after each of the first 2 additions of flour.
  7. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  8. Pour the batter into the lined tin and bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 18-21 minutes.
  9. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
For the Icing & Decoration
  1. Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter.
  3. Add the milk and 3-4 drops yellow food colouring and beat for 3 minutes.
  4. If your frosting isn’t stiff enough, add more sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add a little milk.
  5. Frost cupcakes with frosting.
  6. Add about 7-8 drops yellow food colour to a resealable food-storage plastic bag then seal the bag and shake to cover the inside of the bag.
  7. Place coconut in the bag and shake until colour is even.
  8. Top the cupcakes with the yellow coconut.
  9. For the beaks, microwave unwrapped candy chews, working one at a time, for 5-10 seconds on medium until slightly softened.
  10. Shape into a beak and use kitchen scissors to create a mouth.
  11. Create faces on chicks with candy beaks and black decorating gel for eyes.
  12. Store loosely covered.