Posted by: tinkande | September 10, 2009

Coconut Cupcakes


Coco cabana

More sweets!  This was another featured dessert at my roommate’s birthday this past weekend.  We love these cupcakes and I’ve made them several times.  These were a big hit at the party and we were even able to send some home with our friends!  Don’t pay attention to the fact that you will use 6 sticks of butter (Paula Deen would be proud), because this recipe makes a lot of cupcakes.  I always have a lot of frosting leftover, too, so you may want to halve the recipe depending on how many you want.  The Barefoot Contessa must frost her cupcakes more generously than I do! We will have no problem finishing off the extra cupcakes this week. Yum!

Coconut Cupcakes
Source: The Barefoot Contessa
Makes 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut

For the frosting:
1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold in 7 ounces of coconut.

Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each liner to the top with batter. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.

Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.



  1. these were really really good, and we were mad that we forgot to take some home!! I will be making these soon 🙂

  2. Wish I lived close enough to sample your leftovers…

  3. Oh bummer! Maybe next time :-).

  4. We wish you did, too! Sending cupcake vibes your way…

  5. These were delish! I’ve been on a coconut kick lately, and these definitely hit the spot!

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