The Special Offering of Easter: The Gift of Life…Coconut and Green Tea Cupcakes

“A child is a special possession from God.” Lailah Gifty Akita

There are many, who do not sense, or stop and trying to understand the greatness of every child as a gift. Every person is a true, unrepeatable present to the universe, every person adds to the magic of the universe, lucky are those who the angels choose to have as their parents…

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“They are like the angels, they are God’s children.” Luke 20:36

I thank the power above, no matter what one calls it, for the gift of every child to raise, every life to share, every mind to help mold, every body to nurture, and every spirit to enrich. Let the world never betray a child’s trust, or dampen a child’s hope, or discourage a child’s dreams. With purely love, understanding and patience for the journey ahead, every precious child has the potential to become all that power above means them to be. The gifts, given to humans, are coming in many shapes from above: some as Easter presents, some in the form of perfect coconuts, some as fragrant spring flowers, some in the smiles of a beautiful baby, like my gorgeous niece, Savannah…whatever form it takes, life is a supreme gift. And for those who believe it, Easter will bring life for an eternity!

  

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3

Ingredients
Cupcake
170 g flour
50 g dessicated coconut
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
113 g coconut oil
200 g sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
100 ml milk
3 tsp green tea leaves, broken fine
Cream
350 g icing sugar, sifted
55 g butter
115 g cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
1/3 tsp green powder

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Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.In a bowl sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, shredded coconut, salt, lemon zest and tea. Beat coconut oil and sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Then, with the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk. Beat just until combined. Evenly fill the 12 muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake just comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. To make the cream beat the butter until smooth. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth and well blended. Gradually beat in the sugar, vanilla and coconut extract, beat on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy and of spreading consistency (about 3 minutes). Add a little milk or cream if frosting is too thick. Garnish with seasonal touches, such as bunny head or edible flowers.

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Dear Babies of our World,

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” Leo Buscaglia

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