Toasted Coconut Cupcakes


  • Prep Time45 mins
  • Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
  • Makes24 cupcakes
Toasted Coconut Cupcakes

(Photo: Roberto Caruso)

Chatelaine Triple Tested

Light, airy and extra coconutty, these delicious cupcakes will be a hit every time you make them.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted

  • 1 tbsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 400-mL can coconut milk


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 3 cups icing sugar

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted and cooled

  • 3 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted (optional)


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Line 2 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.

  • STIR flour with 1 cup coconut, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl until combined.

  • BEAT 3/4 cup butter with granulated sugar in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, until fluffy, 3 min. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture in 2 parts, alternating with coconut milk. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups.

  • BAKE in centre of oven until a cake tester inserted into centre of cupcakes comes out clean, 20 to 25 min. Cool in pans on a rack, 10 min, then remove cupcakes to racks and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

  • BEAT 1 cup butter in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, until creamy, 1 min. Beat in 1 cup icing sugar and melted white chocolate, 1 min. Reduce speed and beat in 2 cups icing sugar in 2 parts. Beat on medium-high, scraping down side of bowl, until fluffy and smooth, 2 to 3 min. Frost cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with coconut.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 358, Protein 3g, Carbohydrates 41g, Fat 21g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 103mg.

A lesson on butter
Soft butter: when butter and sugar are creamed together, air is incorporated evenly in the base of a batter or dough. It creates tenderness and lift in baked goods. Use it in: cakes and soft cookies.

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