put the lime in the coconut cupcakes

So, once again I’ve stolen a recipe (and post) from Mel, but I did modify it a bit. I have now made this twice (both times in Las Vegas because Justin and Cherity like coconut as much as I do); once as a regular cake (in a 9×13 inch pan with no layering or anything) and once as cupcakes. Both were delicious. The pics, obviously, are the cupcakes and should explain what I did. The only modification that won’t be shown in the pictures is the bake time…which I just got from looking at a box mix. This recipe makes 24 cupcakes…except you can half the glaze.

Cake: (don’t you dare use a coconut flavored box mix. The cake is A-MAZING and not too time consuming to make from scratch.)

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans.

In an electric mixer or using a hand beater, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add coconut extract and eggs 1 at a time. In a mixing bowl or on a sheet of parchment paper, combine flour, salt, baking soda and powder. To mixer add coconut milk and flour to creamed mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 25 to 28 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes then turn out of pans onto rack(s) over a sheet pan and allow to cool completely.My little scraper cleaner!

Lime Glaze

  • 1 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

In a medium bowl combine sour cream or yogurt, sugar, lime zest and juice, coconut milk, shredded coconut. With a bamboo skewer, poke holes in cake and spread glaze on both sides of both cakes. Cover with plastic wrap, chill until ready to frost cake.


Icing: (if you’re making an actual layer cake, you may need all of the icing this recipe calls for. If you’re just going to frost the top of the cake, 1/2 or even 1/4 of this amount will be enough.)

  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 pound box plus 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups shredded coconut

In an electric mixer or using a hand mixer beat together the butter and cream cheese until well blended and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar gradually at low speed. Beat in coconut milk and vanilla. Frost cake. Coat top and sides with shredded coconut.

21 thoughts on “put the lime in the coconut cupcakes

  1. Those look so good! I’m going to have to try them, or better yet, you could come and bake at MY house!

  2. YES! They look fabulous…we’ll have to try them for sure. I wish we had some limes and coconut so we could whip them up right now!

  3. Your cupcakes look so cute! I’m going to have to steal the presentation ideas from you next time I make these. And there definitely will be a next time since this has become one of my most favorite recipes.

  4. Come home and make these for me! Oh I can’t wait that long. I’ll have to make them myself. They look delish!

  5. Can I try one without coconut flakes? I love the flavor of coconut, just not the actual flakes. They are very pretty cupcakes!

  6. I think that I just drooled on myself! Wow, those look incredible, I am going home to make those. I dont know why I’ve never thought about posting all my creations & recipe’s

  7. until recently i would have glanced over the title, thinking nothing of it. but my now-ex-boyfriend introduced me to the world of nielson. that song cracks me up.cupcakes look yummy – if only i liked coconut.

  8. Chloe, remember the list I made of reasons why I wish I was you? Now that I officially blog stalk you daily, I am adding pastry chef to the already page long list. I sit at work, starving, go to your page and fantasize about those coconut cup cakes. Sue me

  9. I love this recipe! Lime and coconut…what a great combination!I’m so making these…. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Chloe please do an online cooking podcast. If I do one it would be called Jan Can’t Cook. But you really can. I’d watch, and learn.

  11. Those look divine! I am kind of obsessed with cupcakes right now, and I have a friend who is having a birthday this week, this will be a perfect opportunity to try this out! Thanks!

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