Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve mentioned how much I love coconut desserts in my first coconut recipe here and I’m continuing to add more delicious coconut recipes! Another coconut favorite is coconut cupcakes with cream cheese frosting~ These coconut cupcakes are a delight to eat and lovely to share with loved ones or at parties. They’re easy to make and the cream cheese frosting is very addicting! 😊

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Time: 45 minutes


For the cupcakes:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup sweetened dried coconut flakes

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Dried coconut flakes to decorate

Cupcake Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in the middle. Prepare cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
  3. In an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and well mixed.
  4. Separate eggs and beat in egg yolks one at a time. Add vanilla and mix well.
  5. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add in half the flour and half the coconut milk alternatively twice.  Mix until smooth.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Add in ¼ of the egg whites to the batter and then fold in the remaining egg whites carefully. Be careful not to over mix!
  7. Gently fold in coconut flakes.
  8. Divide the batter evenly into the cupcake pan where each cupcake should be about ¾ filled.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Let it cool

Frosting Instructions

  1. In an electric mixer, whisk cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until well mixed.
  2. Gradually add in confectioners’ sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Spread the frosting on cooled cupcakes equally. Decorate with coconut flakes on top.

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