Coconut Cupcakes Recipe
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Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

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I took these yummy treats to a picnic for our computer club one year, and they went like hotcakes! I should have made a double batch. With their creamy frosting and sprinkling of coconut, they appeal to kids and adults alike.—Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/4 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Additional flaked coconut, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 323 calories, 19g fat (12g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in coconut.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and extracts until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with toasted coconut. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Coconut Cupcakes in Taste of Home June/July 2003, p31

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Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"This recipe is wonderful. I made it for a party and everyone went on and on about how great they tasted and have requested them since. I agree with another comment and added the 2 oz of vegetable oil and they were nice and moist. Thanks for such a great recipe!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"I love this recipe. I have taken it and added a few things and taken away others. It makes the best cupcakes. I read the reviews and added 2 oz of vegetable oil for the moist factor some said they were having. I have also changed the flavor several times and I am never disappointed with the results. Great recipe it is my go to recipe for cupcakes right now!!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"My daughter made these for our county fair, without the frosting, and took home a purple ribbon. Very good cupcake."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"This was delicious! It made a ton of batter! I got 3 dozen from it. The texture of the coconut in the batter was very good! Both of my kiddos loved it!"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"These are the best cupcakes ever i doubled the batch for my daughters birthday but my husband eat so many i needed to make more before the party lol"

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