Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes - From scratch coconut cupcakes. Coconut lovers look no further this is THE recipe!

Coconut lovers look no further! This is the only recipe you will ever need.

These cupcakes received rave reviews from my family, co-workers, and neighbors. Yes, I shared.  I just couldn’t have these lovely treats sitting in my kitchen mocking me.

Full of coconut flavor that just can’t be resisted.  Even my husband (not much of a coconut fan) praised the flavor of these cupcakes.

They just scream Spring and Easter!

Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes - From scratch coconut cupcakes. Coconut lovers look no further this is THE recipe!

How to Make Coconut Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350ºF degrees.

  1. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream the room temperature butter and sugar together until light and fluffy about 3 minutes.
  3. Beat in the egg and egg white, one at a time.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with coconut milk (the batter will be thick).
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tin, filling about 2/3 full.

Coconut Cupcakes - From scratch coconut cupcakes. Coconut lovers look no further this is THE recipe!

  1. Bake at 350º degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  2. Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners or baking spray.
  3. Let cool completely before frosting.

Once cooled prepare the frosting.

Beat the butter, vanilla, and almond extract until creamy. Mix in the salt. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, alternating with coconut milk, beating until combined.

Frost the cupcakes and top with the shredded coconut. You can certainly use toasted coconut but we prefer it untoasted.

Coconut cupcakes are perfect for the home baker who isn’t quite comfortable with piping icing.  (At least I try, right?) You’re going to sprinkle or dunk the icing in the sweetened coconut which will hide any icing imperfections.

I dunked my cupcakes, it just seemed easier and the coconut held better.

Coconut Cupcakes - From scratch coconut cupcakes. Coconut lovers look no further this is THE recipe!

The coconut milk in these cupcakes not only adds tremendous flavor but it also keeps them moist.

Perfect for Easter!

Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

Coconut Cupcakes - From scratch coconut cupcakes. Coconut lovers look no further this is THE recipe!
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5 from 7 votes

Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes - From scratch coconut cupcakes. Coconut lovers look no further this is THE recipe!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 464kcal
Author: Don't Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk, full fat, thoroughly stirred

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut (topping)

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  • Beat in the egg and egg white, one at a time. Add the vanilla; mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with coconut milk (the batter will be thick).
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • For the frosting:
  • Beat butter, vanilla, and almond extract until creamy. Add salt.
  • Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, alternating with coconut milk, beating until combined.
  • Frost the cupcakes then sprinkle or dip in the coconut.

Notes

Nutrition facts will depend on what type of ingredients you use. This is just an estimate. We do our best to give you nutritional information as correct as possible. Please feel free to calculate for yourself.

Nutrition

Calories: 464kcal

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Comments

  1. Reply

    Those look super yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Reply

    I’m obsessed with coconut desserts. Your cupcakes look really delicious!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Scarlett!

    2. Reply

      Thank you, Scarlett! And thanks for stopping by!

  3. Reply

    I’m like your husband about coconut-not a fan, but these actually look really good. Thanks for sharing :). I don’t think I’ve ever made homemade cupcakes. I could probably manage these though!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Candace!

  4. Reply

    Oh my, these look so good! I’m always on the look-out for more cupcake recipes. I will definitely need to try this next time! #sharewithme

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Christie!

  5. Reply


    I’m a huge coconut fan, so these are my kind of cupcakes, they sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Joy!

  6. Reply

    I love coconut in anything. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Reply

    I love coconut! It’s such a fun, tropical flavor. 🙂 These cupcakes look like a must try!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, CJ!

  8. Reply

    Hi there, this would be a great contribution to Food on Friday: Muffins & Cupcakes over at Carole’s Chatter. Please do bring it over to join in the fun. Cheers

    1. Reply

      Thanks for the invite, Carole!

  9. Reply

    These look SO YUMMY!!! Hubby is nuts about coconut anything. I’m always on the prowl for new coconut desserts to surprise him with. One thing, I definitely do not cook enough with coconut milk! It’s so genius to add it into the cupcakes. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Gina!

  10. Reply

    I adore coconut! These cupcakes sound like heaven! x #BakeoftheWeek

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Kirsty!

  11. Reply


    These look so simple yet so effective and angelic somehow. Thanks so much for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Helen!

  12. Reply


    Your Coconut Cupcakes look amazing, thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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    Oh, I would say dunking the cupcake into the coconut was a brilliant idea. They look absolutely fabulous. I love coconut and this is just screaming my name.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Nikki!

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    Ooh, I love coconut! Thanks so much for joining Turn it Up Tuesday, and congrats on being featured! I can see why; these look amazing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Evelyn!

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    You Coconut Cupcakes look beautiful – so fresh and tasty! I really do love coconut so they are going on my must make list!! Thank you for bringing this delicious recipe to the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  23. Reply

    Yum! My dad love coconut desserts, I’m pinning these for next time he’s in town.

    1. Reply

      Thanks, April!!

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    I love anything with coconut on it, in it, with it. What a great idea if you aren’t good with a piping bag. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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    Oh, coconut is my favorite! I’ll be pinning this for future use. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up with us at You Link It, We Make it!

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    These are just delightful!

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  28. Reply

    These look SO good! We love coconut in this house and I’ve never had a coconut cupcake. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks so much for linking up with us in the #BestoftheBlogosphere Link-Up! Hope to see you again tomorrow 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Ashley! 🙂

  29. Reply

    Made these today for Easter Sunday. I am going to make a cream cheese frosting and decorate them with coconut and a few jelly beans, yum. I substituted coconut liquor for the vanilla. I will let you know if my guests are impressed (they’d better be). Thanks for this easy delicious recipe.

    1. Reply

      LOL I hope your guests enjoy them as much as we do! Thank you for stopping by and dropping me a note! 🙂

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