Toasted coconut cupcakes

Toasted coconut cupcakes

Soft and fragrant coconut cupcakes topped with whipped coconut buttercream and toasted coconut is a delicious tea-time treat and perfect for Easter. 
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Coconut cupcakes, Cupcake recipe, Easter recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 511kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup canola/vegetable oil
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut/Greek yogurt
  • 2 extra-large eggs

For whipped coconut buttercream

  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 4 cups Icing/powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut milk
  • pinch of salt
  • toasted shredded coconut (for topping)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF and line a 12-hole muffin pan with cupcake liners. 
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, coconut and salt in a large mixing bowl. 
  • In a separate bowl/mixing jug, whisk the sugar, coconut milk, oil, yogurt and eggs together. 
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. 
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared cupcake liners. Place in the oven and allow to bake until the cupcakes are golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean. 
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • To make the frosting, whip the butter until pale and fluffy. Scrape the bowl once or twice while whipping to ensure the butter is smooth. 
  • Sift in the icing sugar and salt and whip until light and fluffy. With the mixer running, add the coconut milk one tablespoon at a time until the buttercream is smooth, pale and fluffy. 
  • To make the toasted coconut, place the shredded coconut in a non-stick pan and toast over medium-high heat, stirring regularly, until the coconut is golden brown and toasted. Allow to cool completely. 
  • Spread or pipe the buttercream onto the cooled cupcakes then top with the toasted coconut and serve. 


Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.5mg