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Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

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 YIELD: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 sweetened shredded 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 coconut, toasted


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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n_quock User ID: 7695745 87618
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!!!"

sjefferson1966 User ID: 7354014 129824
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!!"

margo_wheeler User ID: 1039657 87520
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5806117 55337
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!"

roxanne23 User ID: 4329744 127017
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"

shier User ID: 1060639 127011
Reviewed 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 User ID: 414343 127007
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2679419 48313
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2790297 54994
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2008

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


owenssadler User ID: 2378269 89013
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2008

"The way your pages are so wide, you can't print out the recipe and get the whole page without it cuttimg part of the instructions off."

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