Easy Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

. Yvonne Ruperti

These moist cupcakes get their coconut flavor from coconut milk and chopped coconut. Just spoon the easy coconut glaze over the top.

Why this recipe works:

  • Very soft butter allows you to easily whisk it with the sugar.
  • Coconut milk adds rich and natural coconut flavor.
  • The icing glaze is an easy alternative to a traditional whipped buttercream.
  • Note: If using the same bowl for the batter and icing, make sure to wash bowl before making the icing. The icing will harden as it sits.

    Recipe Details

    Easy Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

    Active 15 mins
    Total 90 mins
    Serves 12 servings


    • 10 tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter, very soft

    • 1 cup (7 ouncesgranulated sugar

    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    • 2 large eggs

    • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut milk, divided

    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract)

    • 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut, divided

    • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) cake flour

    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

    • 1 1/4 cups (5 ouncesconfectioners' sugar


    1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and to 350°F. Line 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Whisk butter, sugar, and salt in large bowl until creamy and light. Whisk in eggs, one at time, until combined. Whisk in 2/3 cup coconut milk, vanilla, and 1/2 cup coconut.

    2. Add flour and baking powder to the bowl and then whisk until just combined. Spoon batter into cups and bake until just set, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely before icing.

    3. Stir confectioners' sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons coconut milk in bowl until smooth (see note). Adjust with more sugar or milk to achieve a thick glaze consistency. Add a drop of vanilla or coconut flavoring if desired.

    4. Spoon glaze over cupcakes and sprinkle with coconut.

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    Nutrition Facts (per serving)
    313 Calories
    16g Fat
    42g Carbs
    3g Protein
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    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 12
    Amount per serving
    Calories 313
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 16g 20%
    Saturated Fat 11g 55%
    Cholesterol 56mg 19%
    Sodium 185mg 8%
    Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
    Total Sugars 31g
    Protein 3g
    Vitamin C 0mg 1%
    Calcium 47mg 4%
    Iron 2mg 9%
    Potassium 87mg 2%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
    (Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)