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Spring Inspiration: Coconut Mini-Bundt Cakes

Today, we’re sharing even more Spring inspiration with a coconut mini-bundt cakes recipe.

Creating Special Memories… 

A few years ago, my Mom’s parents passed away within about 36 hours of each other.  As you can imagine, it was a difficult time for our family and every year about this time we miss them more than usual.

One of my favorite activities was to spend time with my Granny in the kitchen baking together.  In fact, I can’t even think of a single memory of her that doesn’t involve food to be honest.

We would garden together, pick peas and corn, put up blackberries, make jelly, bake cakes and make holiday candy too.

Easter Inspiration…

Every year at Easter my Granny would make cupcakes complete with green colored coconut grass, jellybean eggs, classic white frosting (bring on the Crisco) and a basket handle made from pipe cleaners.

Did you guys ever make those?

They were so cute!

These Spring inspired coconut mini-bunt cakes are my take on those sweet Easter basket cupcakes my Granny used to make every year.

They’re moist, easy to make and are perfect for any Spring event leading up to the Easter holiday.

Here’s a look at how you can make these Spring Inspired Coconut Mini-Bundt Cakes too…

Coconut Mini-Bundt Cakes Recipe:

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup softened unsalted butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

½ teaspoon coconut extract (you can also use vanilla if you don’t want a strong coconut flavor)

½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut milk (I like a strong coconut flavor, so you don’t have to add the 2 additional tablespoons of coconut milk if you want a lighter flavor.)

1 ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes (you’ll use 1 cup in the cake batter and ½ cup for the topping)

½ cup confectioner sugar (for the coconut glaze)

2 teaspoons coconut milk (for the coconut glaze. This will be in addition to the coconut milk used in the cake batter)

Whoppers Robin’s Eggs (if you can’t find these candies in your area, no worries, consider using jellybeans or a similar shaped candy)

Coconut Mini-Bundt Cake Steps: 

Gather your supplies and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together until combined.

In a separate bowl (I use a stand mixer) cream together sugar, butter, and eggs.

Then mix in coconut milk, coconut extract, and coconut flakes.

Once combined, add the dry ingredients mentioned above (flour, baking powder, salt) ½ a cup at a time until fully incorporated.

These mini-bundt cake pans belonged to my Granny.  They’re fairly deep but I’ve seen other mini-bundt cake pans that are smaller (think muffin size).

This recipe will be enough for 4 deep mini-bunt cakes or 12 smaller bundt cakes.

Grease your mini-bundt cake pan with baking spray such as Bake Easy.

Scoop coconut cake batter mixture into each cake mold.

Allow to bake approximately 23-25 minutes depending on the size of your bundt cake pan. The tops of your cakes will be golden and toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean.

Allow the cakes to cool in the pan approximately 8-10 minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.

Creating the Coconut Glaze:

While the coconut cakes are cooling, start making the coconut glaze.

Place a piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet, then place your cakes on the top of the wax paper. This will help make for easier clean up after applying the glaze.

In a small bowl whisk together ½ cup confectioner sugar and 2 tablespoons coconut milk. If the glaze is too sweet, consider adding a pinch of salt.

Spoon glaze over coconut mini-bundt cakes.

Adding Coconut Flakes & Robin Egg Candy:

Place coconut flakes (I toasted these, but you can leave yours plain if you want)

on top of the glazed cakes,

before finally topping the cakes with Robin Eggs (or similar) candy.

Robin Eggs come in four different colors. So, you can mix and match the eggs or make them all the same. You can be as creative as you want to be.

The finished product will resemble a bird’s nest.

These cakes are deliciously moist and can be easily shared with family, friends, neighbors or coworkers.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve definitely come to realize that food has its own love language. We’ve used to it to celebrate life, ease sickness, mourn death, and to comfort each other in times of need.

While this interpretation of Granny’s cupcakes is missing the green colored coconut grass, the Crisco icing and the pipe cleaner basket holders, I think she’d love this version.

Let us know if you decide to make these coconut mini-bundt cakes too!

A Few Other Spring Inspired Posts You Might Enjoy:

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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8 Comments

  1. Coco! These are adorable. I think food, because it ties so much in to our senses, holds a unique place in our lives in so many ways. I’ll never forget when my brother-in-law passed at just 15 year old, the comfort a warm tuna melt sandwich and a glass of milk could bring. Someone had brought over a giant bag of these tuna sandwiches on hoagie rolls with cheese and slivered almonds wrapped in aluminum foil ready to pop in the oven. Twenty-five years later, it is still such a strong memory for me. Sending you my love sweet friend.

    Nancy

  2. These are so cute, CoCo…and such a sweet reminder of your grandmother! I would love it if my grandchildren are reminded of me with special foods!

    1. Thank you, Linda! She was constantly cooking something or baking a cake to take to people in her community. It’s a pretty tiny farm town and I can’t tell you how many times we came home and found a basket of vegetables from someone’s garden on her front porch. She really was a great lady. And I know your grandkids will feel the same way about you. They’ll realize they won the love lottery 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  3. What a terrible thing for your mom to have to go through! My heart breaks for her. I love the memories you have of baking with your Granny. Food is something us southerners definitely turn to during difficult times. We’re always fixing up a meal to take to someone around here. 🙂 These mini bundt cakes are so cute and look delicious!

    1. Thank you, Michelle! It was definitely a difficult time in our lives. I don’t think we ever imagined having to go through a double tragedy like that. It’s so sweet you guys are always making food for people. We are too. We say all the time a good casserole feeds the hurting and the hungry 🙂 Hope your day has been a good one, CoCo

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