Coconut Cupcake Recipe

This Coconut Cupcake Recipe is easy to make and they look and taste great. The pale pink coconut topping adds texture to the light base.

This coconut cupcake recipe is like the old-fashioned coconut ice that your grandmother or mother used to make. I remember coconut ice was a Christmas treat. I look at coconut ice these days and wonder how I ate it, as it is so sweet.

With this recipe, however, you can still enjoy the texture and flavor of the coconut ice but it is not so sweet as it is only a thin layer on top of these gorgeous coconut and vanilla cupcakes.

These cupcakes are perfect for afternoon tea or for a girl's birthday party. I love making the topping a pale pink but a chocolate topping is definitely preferred by the boys in this household.

Prep TimeCooking TimeServingsDifficulty
10 minutes12 minutes 12Easy


coconut cupcake recipe
  • 3oz (80g) butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tspns vanilla essence
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 2/3 cup milk


coconut cupcake recipe Preheat oven to 180C (350F).

Line cupcake trays with cupcake papers.

Beat butter, sugar, vanilla essence, egg, coconut, sifted flour and milk in a bowl until well combined.

Spoon mixture into cupcake trays.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of a coconut ice cupcake comes out clean.

Leave cakes in trays for 1 minute before turning onto a wire rack to cool.

Coconut ice topping

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tspn butter, softened
  • Pink food coloring
Combine coconut, icing sugar and butter in a bowl.

Gradually stir in 1/4 cup hot water until mixture is a spreadable consistency.

Stir in 2/3 drops of food coloring.

Spread topping over coconut ice cup cakes and leave until set.


Instead of adding pink food coloring to the topping, blend 1 tblspn cocoa with 1 tblspn boiling water. Add to remaining topping ingredients.

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