Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting


These are one of my new favorite cupcakes!  I love how they don’t have pieces of the chewy coconut in them because you grind the shredded coconut in a food processor before adding it.  These cupcakes are pure bliss. Everyone loved them! The frosting melts in your mouth.  The cupcake recipe is one I found in the Martha Stewart Cupcakes book, but I decided to add my own frosting recipe.  They are perfect together!  I also like how the frosting recipe I used can be made in under 7 minutes =), it takes maybe 3. I hope you enjoy these dreamy cupcakes as much as I do!


Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

Yield: 20 cupcakes


  • ½ cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour or cake flour (for a lighter cupcake)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter , softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large whole eggs , at room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites , at room temperature
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 recipe Coconut Buttercream Frosting , recipe follows
  • Sweetened shredded coconut , for garnish (optional)

Coconut Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp coconut extract or imitation coconut extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse coconut in a food processor until finely ground. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ground coconut, set aside. With an electric hand mixer on medium high speed, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy about 3 – 4 minutes. Add in eggs and egg whites, mixing after each addition. Stir in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add in flour mixture alternating with coconut milk in three separate batches, mixing until combine after each addition. Divide batter evenly among 20 paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven, rotating muffin tins once halfway through baking, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean about 19 - 20 minutes. Allow to cool several minutes before removing from tin to cool on a wire rack. Cool completely then frost with Coconut Buttercream Frosting and garnish with additional shredded sweetened coconut if desired. Store cupcakes in an airtight container.

Coconut Buttercream Frosting

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, whip ingredients together until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Recipe Source:
  3. Coconut Cupcakes - Martha Stewart
  4. Coconut Buttercream Frosting - Cooking Classy


  • Anne Wamai: Am from East Africa and the coconut recipes are plenty here, but i really wanted a great coconut cupcake recipe and i think this is it! I will be trying it out tomorrow… or today if i can’t hold myself. Will let ya’ll know how i fair. September 11, 2012 at 8:30am Reply

  • Anonymous: Trying these today – very excited to see how they turn out! August 13, 2012 at 7:10pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Christie – yes I was going to make these again this weekend so I will weigh the measurements and let you know. If you want to e-mail me your e-mail address to I will send it over. I’m not too familiar with doing recipes by weight so I’m guessing you would need the weight for the coconut, flour, sugar, and coconut milk? May 9, 2012 at 5:30pm Reply

  • Christie: Hi there. I’m in the uk and would love to try your recipe but whenever I use conversion charts they are always different and I’m not sure how much a cup actually is! Is there any way you could give me the recipe in grams or ounces please :) May 9, 2012 at 8:43am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Heidi – I hope you love them =), they are definitely one of my favorite! Thanks for your comment! April 20, 2012 at 8:47am Reply

  • Heidi: Jaclyn,

    These cupcakes look devine! And I love your cupcake wrappers – polka dots are the best. You put just the right amount of icing on your cupcakes.

    Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try them!

    Heidi April 19, 2012 at 7:33pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Sorry about that! The top link was wrong but I managed to get the bottom one right somehow =), thanks so much for letting me know! April 17, 2012 at 3:02pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Thanks for sharing this! You did, however, mislink the cupcake recipe. Can you please fix that? Thanks! April 17, 2012 at 8:19am Reply

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