Lemon Lime filled Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Icing


1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare muffin tins by lining with paper liners.
Sprinkle a little of the shredded coconut in the bottom of each cupcake liner.
Mix the coconut, flour, sugars, and baking powder in a large bowl.
In another bowl add the oil, coconut milk, egg and vanilla. Mix together well.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just incorporated. Pour into the prepared muffin tins. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (start with about 12-15 minutes).
Cool cupcakes for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack until cooled completely.
Once cooled completely, with a sharp knife cut a small tunnel into each cupcake and then pipe full with lemon curd. Pipe coconut icing liberally onto each cupcake in order to cover the hole where the curd was piped in.

For the icing I just dumped ingredients into my mixer bowl without measuring (bad me) and tasted until it was yummy. If you are one of those measuring types, feel free to use this vanilla icing and instead of the vanilla extract, add coconut extract.