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Coconut Cupcakes

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
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1-1/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Additional coconut, toasted


  • 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. Place lemon juice in measuring cup and add whole milk, stir to combine and set aside. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk mixture, beating well after each addition. Fold in coconut.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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.

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  • sjefferson1966
    Apr 3, 2019

    I have used this recipe for many years..I use it as a base for many different things. Today I made banana cake , I used loaf pans I split the batter, and made one with nuts and one without.I used 4 small bananas and just vanilla. I also add 1 Tbsp of oil I reduced the oven temp to 325 and baked for 35-40 mins or until knife come out clean. This recipe works with all sorts of flavours.

  • Fran
    Feb 27, 2018

    Delicious cupcakes and the recipe was easy for my 12 year old gand-daughter to make. I used coconut cream instead of the buttermilk. The cupcakes were moist and fluffy. The whole family loved them!!

  • n_quock
    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!!!

  • margo_wheeler
    Feb 27, 2012

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

  • cherie.godbey
    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!

  • roxanne23
    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

  • shier
    Nov 20, 2010

    these are great they taste so go , i didnt put in almond extract I don't like the taste of it so i put in all vanalla there the best the cream cheese icing is to die for yum yum

  • Amy1
    Feb 1, 2010

    These are delicious!! However, I put a lot more coconut on top of the cupcakes than the picture shows. I put as much as they can handle! I also cut some of the cupcakes in half and put the icing in the center with some added coconut. That was good too! You could maybe add a little bit more butter to the recipe though. They were great slightly refrigerated on the day that I made them and the next morning. After that, the cake part was too dry. These have a fabulous flavour though! I put 1.5 tsp of vanilla and 1.5 tsp of almond extract in the batter part. My almond extract is a few years old though (it may have lost some flavour).

  • love2clog
    Jan 21, 2010

    These looked so yummy but came out so dry! Too much almond extract too, can't even taste the coconut. Sorry, I would not make these again.

  • Earlofcarleton
    Mar 31, 2008

    This is a winner. Evaporated once my grandkids found them. I only heard the words more, more, more...Thanks