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Coconut Pecan Cupcakes Recipe

Coconut Pecan Cupcakes Recipe

Pecan lovers have lots to cheer about with these flavorful cupcakes. I created the recipe for my best friend, Ann, who said she loved Italian cream cake but didn't want a whole cake. They have a wonderful aroma and fabulous flavor. —Tina Harrison, Prairieville, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans


  • 1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in extracts. Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Stir in coconut and pecans.
  • 3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. In a large bowl, combine frosting ingredients until smooth; frost cupcakes. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 410 calories, 23g fat (10g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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mzgrinder User ID: 6418368 261243
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2017

"Delicious! Little troublesome to make, not so much troublesome, just time consuming to make, but very worth it. I followed recipe all the way, and it made 2 dozens cupcakes in a regular size tin. Had enough left over to make 21 mini's. Probably could have made at least 6 more regulars. Wanted to toast the coconut, but just didn't have time. Very Yummy as is. Not a problem with rising as some reviewed, filled about 3/4 full and they were perfect."

tamsea User ID: 1024203 95596
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"These are delicious!! It is awfully sweet, but very tasty. The only problem I had was that the cupcake batter didn't rise much. I filled them almost full so it didn't really matter. Maybe it isn't supposed to. It was still yummy."

marrisa_s User ID: 6152461 150175
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

"WOW!!! These were amazing!! I made these for a mothers day lunch and every single one of them went! I was kinda disappointed that there wasnt any leftover for me to eat later :)"

parksville User ID: 1598935 95594
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"These are really good, although we found them a bit too sweet for our taste. Will make again and try cutting back on the sugar and use unsweetened coconut next time. Overall - a great cupcake!"

jen.hollingsworth User ID: 5559986 103946
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"These cupcakes were the best!!!! Everyone loved them..... very moist!"

jamiekidd77 User ID: 3461757 208865
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"These cupcakes were awesome! My husband loved them. They are probably the best cupcakes I've ever had!"

vickivee3 User ID: 1975556 103944
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"I halved the recipe and only used 2 eggs-very good. Loved the nutty taste!"

mary296a User ID: 1994743 169784
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"use the buttermilk, it complments the frosting"

tramthum User ID: 4916068 164501
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"I made these for a church pot luck. I ran out of time and did not have time to frost them with the recipe given so i just substituted an almond flavored powdered sugar drizzle. They were a hit and all but a couple were eaten. Everyone raved about how good they tasted. While i liked them, The recipe was not a 1,2,3 step recipe. Also, you have to fill the cupcake liner up almost all of the way. I only filled up the liner half way for the first batch and that batch was not enought (should have read the directions a little better). I did toast the coconut as suggested by another reader. I will make these again, with more time so i can make the frosting also."

MY REVIEW User ID: 827703 150171
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"These were fabulous!!!"

zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 150108
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"I made a double batch of these to take to a block party - had many request for the recipe/very light and love the coconut/pecan mixture. Will be in my "favorite" box!"

jmscott User ID: 1155650 67922
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"Husband took them to work and everyone raved about them. Friend of mine loves Italian cream cake and asked for the recipe for the cupcakes."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 103943
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"yes, I made these exactly as the recipe states. And they disappeared fast so I will make them again. I love "cupcake of the week"!"

JennieJean User ID: 139354 208864
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"Definitely a keeper. To convert this to a cake pan, would I just bake it for 30-35 minutes? This would be great to take to a church fellowship."

prissymae06 User ID: 2426656 208863
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"I have not made these but I will.I was reading the reviews and a few of them talked about adding milk not adding milk which is it do I add the 1cup of buttermilk?"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 95593
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"Coconut pecan cupcakes are a family favourite in our home and one we'll be making many more times. They are so easy and so delicious, they're a keeper for sure and one that will end up in my recipe box."

marcoates User ID: 164090 77300
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"Haven't made this yet; but, just based on the ingredients I will definitely make it. Sounds wonderful! To try to shed some light on 1946quilter's question, I believe Terilee meant to add 1/4 cup of regular milk to the frosting. My reasoning for this is because the cupcake ingredients calls for 1 cup of buttermilk. Maybe Terilee thought the frosting was too thick and added the 1/4 cup of regular milk. This is just my guess. When I make a new recipe, I usually make it exactly as stated in the recipe."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 77298
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"Pretty good- I think if I made these again I would toast the coconut before adding to batter. Mine do not look as pretty as the photo. Guess I wait to see how fast they disappear to really judge if they are great!"

1946quilter User ID: 4632087 164499
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"terilee, what do you add the quarter cup of milk to -- the batter or the frosting? It sounds scrumptious, and I can't wait to try it!"

terilee User ID: 3137818 103942
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2009

"Add about 1/4 cup milk to it (not buttermilk)"

kimsonmerk User ID: 706652 208862
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2008

"I love coconut and pecans! For me it doesn't get any better than this!!"

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