Baking with Coconut Oil Kelapo Review

I grew up in the Caribbean and coconuts are no stranger to me at all.  I have very fond memories of drinking coconut water straight from the coconut tree.  I remember watching my mother make a sweet treat called “Sugar Cake” using coconuts as the base.  It was just grated coconuts, sugar, sometimes coloring if you wanted to add color.  My siblings and I loved eating freshly made sugar cakes.  Oh and I have to mention coconut jelly – it’s the soft jelly like fruit from the coconut before it gets hard and form the coconut people use to grate and create coconut milk.  The only thing I never saw my mother do was use the coconut oil for cooking.

Green coconuts

Green coconuts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cooking with coconut oil was very new to me until a few weeks ago when I wrote my first review.  I  have to say I was shocked and how many people are cooking with coconut oil and how much it’s used in Gluten free cooking.  My brother in law actually just started his Vegan lifestyle and he also like to use coconut oil in cooking.  Needless to say since my first experience I have been cooking with coconut oil a lot but I kept reading that its also great for skin and you can use it in baking.  Yep that’s right people have been baking with coconut oil and getting great results.  I wanted to give this a try so when I was contacted by Kelapo to review their coconut oil product I was super excited.  I love baking and it’s something I do quite often so trying the concept of baking with coconut oil was exciting to me.  I figured it would be just like using oil in baking.  It wasn’t hard to find a recipe I knew my family would like either because Kepalo had a whole recipe section on their site devoted to recipes using their coconut oil.  I found the perfect Strawberry Cupcakes recipe that worked great for Valentine’s Day and our family dinner night.

When I started out using the recipe and baking the cupcakes I didn’t know how it would turn out but they ended up turning out amazingly soft and moist.  They are the best strawberry cupcakes I’ve ever made, even better than the box mix stuff as well.  Here’s some photos of my cupcakes.

Strawberry Cupcakes Batch

Strawberry Cupcakes

Don’t they look yummy?  They taste even better than they look.  Here’s the recipe so you can give it a try for yourself.

Strawberry Cupcakes with Coconut Oil

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 18 minutes
Total time 33 minutes
Allergy Tree Nuts
Meal type Dessert
Website Coconut Oil Cooking
Try these soft and delicious Strawberry Cupcakes using coconut oil in the recipe. You can change it up and make it fit any diet.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups Whole Fresh or Frozen Strawberries (Thawed)
  • 1 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour (Sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Coarse Salt
  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk (Room Temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Kelapo Coconut Oil (Softened)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg (Room Temperature)
  • 2 Egg whites (Room Temperature)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 large or 24 mini-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.
Step 2
Place strawberries in a small food processor; process until pureed. You should have about 1/3 cup of purée, add a few more strawberries if necessary or save any extra purée for frosting; set aside.
Step 3
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry purée; set aside.
Step 4
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream coconut oil and sugar on medium-high speed, until thoroughly mixed. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended.
Step 5
With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.
Step 6
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing.

I didn’t stop at just baking with my Kelapo coconut oil, since I had read so many suggestions from other bloggers to try the coconut oil on my skin I made a simple sugar scrub.  Since coconut oil solidifies when it’s cold I scooped out about three table spoons into a bowl and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to liquefy it.  I waited for it to cool down a little an added a cup of brown sugar to the mix and a few drops of lavender essential oil.  It stirred and used it in the shower that night.  It was the last step after I used my soap, I just rubbed it on my skin and washed it off.  When I got out the shower my skin was soft and smooth.  Plus the oil added moisture to my skin so when I applied lotion my skin didn’t dry out as it would normally do in the harsh winter weather.  I loved it.

My overall rating of Kelapo Coconut Oil is five stars.  I loved using their product, what I loved the most was the smell.  It was amazing it reminded me of coconuts from home.  When I opened the jar it was such a contagious smell it brought back great childhood memories.  Cooking, baking and using it for my skin was so fun and exciting and they all worked out so great. I imagine I will be baking with it again soon.  I want to try it for a Pina Colada cupcake and I also so a recipe for coconut frosting using the solidified coconut oil that I know I will be trying.   Kelapo also offers no-soy coconut oil cooking spray and a coconut oil soft gel.  They are an organic and fair-trade company so stop by their website and learn more.  You can like them on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Pinterest.

Disclosure: I was provided a sample from Kelapo for review, any opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced and my opinions may vary from your own.

Nickida

Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

17 thoughts on “Baking with Coconut Oil Kelapo Review

  • February 20, 2013 at 10:19 am
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    I only use coconut oil for all my cooking. I still occasionally use olive oil, but never heated. I will have to try out this recipe, it looks delicious!

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  • February 20, 2013 at 11:05 am
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    I’ve never really heard of baking with coconut oil because I wasn’t too sure how it would turn out. But after looking at those cupcakes, I’m tempted to grab some coconut oil and start baking!

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    • February 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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      The site I got the recipe had lots of options to try. I am going to pizza crust next.

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  • February 20, 2013 at 11:28 am
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    I started cooking with Coconut Oil about 1.5 yrs ago and I love it. It’s very healthy for you!!

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    • February 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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      I just started about a month ago and I am slowing using it in all my dishes instead of regular cooking oil.

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  • February 20, 2013 at 11:31 am
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    Oh I have to try those strawberry cupcakes! They look absolutely amazing! I use coconut oil in a lot of cooking. It is my favorite! I bake chicken in just a few tablespoons of coconut oil and they come out amazing. I also use it when making kettle corn and old fashion popcorn. Divine! I love coconut oil.

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    • February 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm
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      I just made sauteed pork chops with coconut oil last night. It was great.

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  • February 20, 2013 at 11:48 am
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    I have never tried coconut oil, but I think I should. Your cupcakes look really yummy!

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    • February 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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      Thanks they were so moist I was surprised.

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  • February 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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    Ohhh wow! These look great! I have never tried coconut oil, although I have heard a lot about it! I’ll have to giver it a try sometime!

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    • February 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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      I’ve been using it a lot more now that I tried it. I really love it and it doesn’t alter the taste at all.

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  • February 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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    I love coconut oil, it’s great for everything! We can cook with it, and use it as a moisturizer for my daughter’s eczema flare ups!

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