Dan Goldberg
Total Time
1 Hour 25 Mins
Makes 30 cupcakes

Coconut cakes are always showstoppers at family gatherings. Package all that delicious dessert flavor into a pint-sized liner for a single-serving treat that's a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Instead of paper liners, use the shiny kind instead to dress the cupcakes up.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream together 2 cups butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in 1 1/2 teaspoons each vanilla and almond extracts.

Step 2

In another large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter and sugar mixture in 3 batches, alternating with coconut milk. Stir 1 cup flaked coconut into the batter.

Step 3

Fill 30 paper-lined muffin cups (1/2-cup capacity) in two or more muffin pans about 2/3 full with batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing muffins from pans. Cool completely.

Step 4

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup butter, and 1/2 teaspoon each vanilla and almond extract until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with remaining coconut.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cupcake.

Ratings & Reviews

Rebuild's Review

February 08, 2013

crystel's Review

April 13, 2009
EXCELLENT cupcakes. Dense, moist, full of flavor and great presentation. We made these for Easter and put chocolate eggs on top so they looked like little nests. Highly recommend toasting the coconut for full flavor. So good!

Khancook's Review

September 29, 2009
I made this cupcake as my first attempt at baking! Super easy & tasted great. Got great reviews from all the recipients.

Zpoprecords's Review

October 12, 2012

forest's Review

September 05, 2012
I followed the recipe exactly. They required 30 minutes to be cooked enough, but they turned out looking exactly like the picture. There is adequate coconut flavor. The taste is very heavy - they were light enough in texture but a ton of butter in each bite. The frosting was also very buttery and didn't add anything to flavor or make a nice presentation. Overall, the result was vaguely pleasant, but too heavy, and mostly really boring. I ended up adding some raspberry jam on top to cut some of the heaviness.

supersportgirl's Review

April 09, 2012
Good cupcake! I'm not a fan of almond flavoring, so I just doubled the vanilla in both the recipe and the frosting. The recipe only made 24 cupcakes for me though :) I made them for easter, put them in some cute flower shaped cupcake holders and they were a hit!

slclove's Review

July 03, 2010
Really liked this recipe, was easy to make and had good texture and moistness to the cupcake. I downsized the recipe to make 6 cupcakes and it turned out pretty good. Moist, Not too dense, not to fragile cupcakes. Living in high altitude I did adjust by adding more liquid and less sugar, baking powder, baking soda. I like the mix of vanilla/almond extract I have always used it for my basic yellow or white cakes. Loved that this was simple to make and mix. Wished I could post pics! :)

fairone's Review

March 25, 2011
These are not good cupcakes, they are fantastic cupcakes. I am a bakery snob and these are hands-down better than anything you will buy in a store! I didn't change the recipe one wit and they are perfection! They are very dense, very pound-cakeish. If you like coconut you are gonna LOVE these!

McHortonheiser's Review

April 24, 2011
My husband said these are the BEST cupcakes he has ever had...a homerun! I thought I had almond extract, but the bottle was empty when I was making them so just used all vanilla extract. Everything else followed recipe to the T - made a 1/2 batch and they were so good made the other 1/2 to take to work tomorrow. YUMMY!

onunez31's Review

February 02, 2011
This was my first time making cupcake and they came out delicious. My wife,mom they all love it. Plus it's so easy to do.next time I will do different frosting and see how they come out.