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Coconut and Passion Fruit Cupcakes

You know what’s funny, I’ve never been a sweets person. Until this very post. Because these cupcakes from Fix Feast Flair? They kind of look insane. In the best possible way, of course. Filled with unexpected, yet ridiculously delicious flavors, this recipe will make anyone on team savory head right on over to team sweet.

From Fix Feast FlairIt’s my birthday and I can cupcake if I want to? Remember when you were younger and birthdays were pretty much the best thing ever? I used to count down the days till my birthday, while simultaneously counting the years. 13! 15! 18! 21! But now, hmm, I think I’d rather not count them anymore. Which isn’t to say I dread adding another year to my total, but rather, it’s just lost that luster. In fact, if I’m being honest, I’ve never really been a huge fan of my birthday. Sure, I’m grateful for all the well wishes and ok, ok, yes, I do get excited when a present or two come my way, but honestly, I don’t love being the center of any day, let alone my birthday. I’m way more excited about other people’s birthdays than my own. So today, let’s celebrate us! All of us. And let’s celebrate with two of my favorite flavors all rolled up into one delicious, compact cake!

Coconut and lilikoi (passion fruit) make my heart sing, and lately, I’ve been craving all things coconut. I blame it on the insanely dreamy coconut sorbet my mom and I shared at Mama’s Fish House last week (while we celebrated her birthday). I think I actually forgot for a minute how truly wonderful that tropical aroma can be (I know, that’s crazy talk). And when it’s paired with the sweet-tart flavors of lilikoi? Dreams. Last year, I baked up a vanilla bean butter cake with strawberry and lilikoi, using my neighbor’s lilikoi curd (it’s amazing, btw) and this year, my dad sent me back to LA with another jar. It was kismet. These cupcakes pretty much had to happen. Feel free to substitute lemon curd or any other curd you prefer, but if you can get your hands on a jar of lilikoi curd, use it!! To fill these cupcakes, I turned to my girl Courtney for an awesome cupcake coring method. I dressed them up with a coconut buttercream, and called it a day. Happy day to us!!

Ps – If you noticed that todays, photos look a little different, it’s because Moses is pretty darn amazing and gave me the best early birthday present a girl could ever dream of: a new camera! So excited to get to know my new Nikon D750. (Thank you, thank you, babe.) Tips and tricks would be much appreciated from any of you Nikon users and lovers out there! xo, Fix Feast Flair

Adapted from Epicurious.

Coconut and Passion Fruit Cupcakes
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  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. virgin coconut oil (solid)
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste or 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 - 4 oz. store bought lilikoi (passion fruit) curd
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and pre-line muffin tins with parchment liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream coconut oil on medium until smooth. Add sugar and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until combined, scraping down sides between each addition. Beat in vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract if using) until combined.
  4. Add half of flour mixture and mix on low speed just until combined. Add coconut milk and beat on low until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed just until combined.
  5. Spoon batter into 16 parchment lined muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes on in the pans, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. In the bowl of stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, beat coconut oil on medium until smooth. Add powdered sugar, butter, vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract if using), and salt and beat on medium-low until combined. Scrape down sides then increase speed to medium-high and cream for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  7. Insert a large round frosting tip into the center of a cupcake, holding tip perpendicular to the cupcake, creating a cavity in the center. Jiggle gently to release the cupcake's core and pull tip out and core out of the center. Fill cavity by spooning lilikoi curd in. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.
  8. Fit a pastry bag with a large star tip and fill with buttercream. Pipe each cupcake in a circular motion.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Photography: Fix Feast Flair | Recipe: Fix Feast Flair

A Roundup of Kilim Rugs that Pop

I am forever on the hunt for the perfect rug. And if it’s also incredibly affordable, well that’s just a sweet little bonus. Kilim rugs check off each of those boxes. They offer durability + good looking price points and a whole lot of personality added to a space. Have a look at Rach of RD’s Obsessions selects of kilim rugs with killer style.

 

1. Urban Outfitters Plum & Bow
2. Lulu & Georgia Elodie
3. World Market Boho Kilim
4. West Elm Sivas Wool
5. Lulu & Georgia Pari
6. Lulu & Georgia Painted Desert
7. Unique Loom Stockholm Beige
8. Traditional Flower Medallion
9. Unique Loom Stockholm Beige

Source: RD's Obsessions

 

DIY (Mess-Free!) Kids Painted Valentine’s Day Cards

I don’t have babies quite yet, but when I do, this adorable DIY from Glitter, Inc. will be the first arts and crafts project I do with them. First, if it’s mess-free, I’m game. Second, when the result is this cute? It’s a must-try. And third, how can you beat a smile like this? An all-around crafting win in my book. Get the step-by-step below!

From Glitter, Inc.As a crafty mama, it’s hard not to want to try every arts and crafts project with my baby girl. My mom always made great craft projects with us as kids, and I just cannot wait. But when your little one is only 18-months old, and still learning how to use a spoon (without spilling chicken noodle soup all over her lap, of course), craft projects can feel a bit ambitious. Thankfully, our awesome sitter – who used to work at a preschool – mentioned an adorable, mess-free way to finger paint with your toddlers, and I loved the idea.

We had to try the craft project more than once – the first attempt was an epic fail: for the record, plain white paper does not withstand drowning in a ziploc bag filled with heaps of paint. Still, once we got ourselves a pack of cardstock that could hold up to our paint-filled bag, the project went off without a hitch. I’d call that a mess-free painting success. This really is a perfect “first art project” for toddlers and young kids.

So if you’re itching to make an adorable Valentine’s Day craft with your little ones (babies and toddlers included!), pull up a highchair and get painting!

Materials

Acrylic Paints
Cardstock Paper
Ziploc® Bags
Tape
Craft Glue
Scissors
Glitter Alphabet Stickers (We used gold glitter and silver glitter letters!)
Heart Doilies

instructions

step-1

Place one sheet of white card stock into a zip-top bag. (We used freezer-sized bags so that there was plenty of room for the card stock sheet and for Scarlett to squish around her paint.) Squirt various shades of paint into the bag and be sure to seal closed. Tape the bag to your child’s high chair tray or a table.

step-2

Let your little ones squish and smack away. (You can also experiment with running various objects over the bag – q-tips, toy cars, etc.) Carefully pull their masterpiece out of the bag and allow to dry fully.

step-3

Using your grown-ups-only scissors, cut out your heart shapes from the now-painted cardstock sheets. Decorate and make those adorable Valentine’s Day cards with glue (we glued our hearts to heart doilies for a classic look) and fun stickers.

And there you have it: one simple, mess-free, and adorable way to make valentines everyone will love. Happy crafting!

Photography: Six Foot Photography | DIY and Styling: Glitter, Inc. | Acrylic Gloss Paint: Martha Stewart Crafts | Cardstock Paper:Amazon | Craft Glue: Amazon | Gold Glitter Alphabet Stickers: Amazon | Gold Stripe Teepee: Land of Nod | Heart Doilies: Amazon | High Chair: Stokke | Pearl & Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint Set: Martha Stewart Crafts | Scarlett’s Pink Overalls: Baby Gap | Scissors: Amazon | Sheepskin Rug: Pottery Barn | Silver Glitter Alphabet Stickers: Amazon | Tape: Amazon | XO Swaddle Blanket: Modern Burlap | Ziploc® Bags: Target