Coconut and Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting

 

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From the moment life begins, food has a singular ability to transport us to a time and place and state of mind.  This engagement of our senses and emotions transcends the biological need for nourishment, providing warmth, comfort and security in a way that few other experiences can.  I sense a hunger in the modern world which has nothing to do with physical need and much more to do with our desire to be cherished; offered delicious food by someone who truly cares about us.  Taking time to bake for our families, friends and colleagues connects us to this feeling; it doesn't have to be complicated, or expensive - you simply need to be willing to take some time and follow clear instructions - then sit back and reap the rewards on so many levels...

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 These delicious small cakes are sure to become a regular in your baking repertoire; once you have mastered the uncomplicated basic recipe, you will be able to adjust it with lots of different flavour combinations; the same is true of the buttercream icing.  The full flavour of the buttercream comes from the addition of real fruit puree, which lends natural sweetness, reducing the need for large quantities of sugar as in many traditional frostings.  As so often, I am indebted to the master wholefood baker Jude Blereau for this recipe.

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