Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting


I’m on a roll with cupcakes lately. Sorry to anyone dieting and following my blog, I don’t know what it is but I’m just craving them lately. At least you can bookmark the recipe for an upcoming birthday because you NEED to try these Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting! That’s a need. Really though these are one of my all time favorite cupcakes. Who knows maybe I say that a lot but these would definitely make it to top 5 – along with Chocolate Cupcpakes, Vanilla Bean Cupcakes, Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes or Pina Colada Cupcakes (they’re just too cute with those little tiny umbrellas), and Carrot Cake Cupcakes (and they carrot decoration is a must :)). Oh but then there’s the strawberry cupcakes, and the cheesecake ones with a salted caramel sauce should definitely be in there somewhere. Because cheesecake is life! Yeah I have a hard time with favorites. I need to share a post with all the cupcake recipes I’ve made in a collection because I’ve shared so many cupcake recipes. You can never have too many to choose from!

These coconut cupcakes are soft and fluffy and perfectly moist. I even dare say they’ll likely be on of the best cupcakes you’ll ever taste! They are perfectly coconuty (but don’t worry they’re aren’t little shreds of coconut in the batter, I saved that for topping. It’s just a naturally coconut flavored cupcake made with coconut milk and coconut extract). These are simply Heaven in cupcake form. And don’t even get me started on the Coconut Buttercream Frosting! So dreamy. I actually made these a few weeks ago, I got ahead with recipes to share and now I just have to sit here and stare at them and wish so badly I could reach through the screen and grab another. Guess I’ll just have to make them again soon, it’s got to be someones half birthday right??



Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting

4.8 from 5 votes

Yield: 12 cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups (198g) cake flour*
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups (160g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg , at room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites , at room temperature
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (155ml) canned coconut milk, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups (115g) shredded unsweetened coconut

Coconut Buttercream Frosting

  • 14 Tbsp butter (198g), at room temperature (preferably 8 Tbsp unsalted 6 Tbsp salted)
  • 3 cups (380g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp coconut extract , to taste
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp (45ml) canned coconut milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 12 paper cupcake liners, set aside. Sift cake flour into a medium mixing bowl. Add in baking powder and salt and whisk 20 seconds to evenly distribute.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy. Mix in egg then mix in egg whites one at a time. Blend in coconut extract and vanilla extract. Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix on low speed just until combined then blend in 1/2 of the coconut milk, mixing just until combined. Mix in another 1/3 of the flour mixture, then mix in remaining 1/2 of the coconut milk (again mixing just until combined after each addition). Finish by mixing in the last 1/3 of the flour mixture. Remove bowl and scrape sides and bottom of bowl with a spatula and fold gently just until evenly incorporated. Divide batter among paper lined muffin cups filling each cup about 2/3 full.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean about 18 - 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack. Pour coconut into a small bowl. Once cupcakes are cool frost with coconut frosting, then immediately after frosting each cupcake dip tops in coconut to fully cover. Store cupcakes in an airtight container.
  4. For the frosting:
  5. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter until pale and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar, coconut extract and 2 Tbsp coconut milk and mix until pale and fluffy, while adding in another 1 Tbsp coconut milk to thin if needed.
  6. *Scoop flour from container using a measuring cup (while being careful not to pack flour) and sweep top using a butter knife. For best results use a kitchen scale, I highly highly recommend them.
  7. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • Shenaz: This cupcake looks and I am sure will taste incredible can’t wait to make it – shenaz???? March 19, 2017 at 12:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them :)! March 19, 2017 at 9:36pm Reply

  • Joanna: Seriously beautiful cupcakes! I would like one now!! March 19, 2017 at 12:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Joanna! March 19, 2017 at 9:36pm Reply

  • Pattie Leonardis: OMG! these are so beautiful and I can’t wait to make them. Thank you! March 18, 2017 at 9:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Pattie! I hope you love them! March 24, 2017 at 11:53am Reply

  • Susan: I’m a huge coconut fan and these are just beautiful! I am trying them for Easter. The buttercream sounds delicious. Thanks for posting. March 18, 2017 at 3:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Susan! I hope you love them, and Happy Easter! March 24, 2017 at 11:53am Reply

  • Kathy: Can I use milk instead of coconut milk? March 18, 2017 at 2:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Whole milk could be substituted but they won’t be quite as good. March 18, 2017 at 6:02pm Reply

  • Neelam: I have a recipe for a delicious coconut cake but never thought to make cupcake form! I’m definitely going to try this recipe out, looks incredible!!!

    Neelam March 18, 2017 at 1:04am Reply

  • Gosia: I have never been a fan of cupcakes but these look amazing! I love the way you presented them x March 17, 2017 at 4:57pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: These are just gorgeous cupcakes, and so perfect for Easter/spring! Love that dreamy coconut buttercream :) March 17, 2017 at 11:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thank you Laura, you are always so kind! I love getting your comments :)! March 17, 2017 at 11:52am Reply

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