Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

I have a love/hate relationship with coconut.

I just love the flavor...delicious!!
But I hate the texture of shredded coconut.

Which is exactly why I am swooning over these cupcakes.
They are full of yummy coconut flavor, without that texture.
I used canned coconut milk and coconut extract for this recipe.

Plus, they have a splash of lime for even more tropical goodness!

 Coconut Lime Cupcakes
by Bird On A Cake
Yield: 16-18 cupcakes

Coconut Lime Cupcakes
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add sugar, oil, lime juice and coconut extract; mix well. Add half of flour mixture, beat. Add half of coconut milk, beat. Add remainder of flour, then remainder of coconut milk, beating after each addition. Mix in lime zest. Pour batter into cupcake liners, filling each 2/3 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool on a rack.

In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add coconut extract and mix well. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, and beat until fluffy.
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I love this combination of flavors,
and the coconut cream cheese frosting is SO good!

TIP: Garnish each cupcake with a lime slice,
and squeeze the lime over the cupcake before you eat it.
You will thank me for this!

 I am including this next photo just for fun...
While I was taking photos outside, I had a little visitor.

She liked my cupcakes. :0)

These cupcakes would be great for a tropical theme or beach party.

Looking for more recipes with lime? Check out my Key Lime Cake!

 I share my recipes & tutorials at these fun link parties.

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  1. These look great. I am the same way about coconut. Love the flavor...not the texture. Will have to try your pictures!

  2. Gorgeous! And, well, you know me and coconut. And I think lime and I are becoming BFFs too...

  3. I'm with you. Love the taste, not a fan of the texture. So these are right up my alley. I have a chocolate pudding recipe that calls for coconut milk and it's DEEEEElicous. I really should remember to use it more often! I'm pinning these. Oh - and the ladybug is too cute.

  4. My mouth is literally watering right now and I love the cute cupcake paper.

  5. What a great recipe!!!! I can't wait to make these!!! The cupcake cups are adorable too! I'm pinning these too.

  6. Hi there!

    I found your website about a week ago and must have visited it more than 20times already!!!

    It is great fun looking at your incredible recipes and gaining inspiration!

    I love lime and my fiancé is a particular fan so I reckon I'll have to give these a whirl!!!

    Thanks for being so much fun to follow

    ZoBird (from the uk and wishing I had USA ingredients on tap :) )

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment! I hope you and your fiance enjoy the coconut lime cupcakes. :0) And I had to tell you that I have a soft spot for the British...I lived in the UK for 18 months. It is on my wish list to go back for a vacation...someday!!

  7. So I will have to make these when Joseph is out of town. PURE DELCIOUSNESS is what they look like. And I must know WHERE did you find those liners?!?! Lime green polka dotties?!? I must have them. And if I hadn't read the visitor part i would have thought the ladybug was fake. She is too cute just hanging out there on the edge taking a nibble! Usually I am sad when Joseph goes out of town, now unfortunately I can't wait! :) Something to look forward to!

  8. Yum. I was immediately drawn to these from the 36th Avenue! Two awesome flavors... one amazing cupcake. Cool.

  9. So we are having a luau themed church picnic and I want to make a theme inspired dessert. How do you think these would taste if you substituted pineapple juice for the lime juice??? These sound delish but just wondering what you think!

  10. I love these! I must try them! The cups you chose are so cute, too. Would love if you stopped by my linky party to link it up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  11. These are spectacular... I must try those... They look like the Mojito Cupcakes i am planning to cook.
    I feel the same way as you about coconut : love the taste, hate the texture. I also love coconut water that you can drink directly from the nut in countries like Brasil.
    Try a frosting made with coconut milk when you get the chance... absolutely delicious !

  12. Hi Robin! Love the ladybug and cupcakes! Very fun! I saw on somebody's site they used nut cups too for their cupcakes (like your gorgeous green dotted ones) and I tried it, but I found that they had wax or a light coating of plastic in them, so they not only melted ever so slightly onto the cupcake pan, and then the cupcake stuck to the wax when people were trying to eat it. :-( Did you encounter that problem?

    1. Hi Melissa! I did not have a problem with the nut cups. They didn't stick any more than a regular cupcake liner. Maybe it depends on the brand?? This was the first time I have used them for cupcakes, and I will definitely do it again! :0)

  13. These look fantastic! Can't wait to try out the cupcakes. :) Megan

  14. You are speaking my language....I love coconut anything and I have limes in my fridge right now. Totally making these this weekend. Found you through Something Swanky and glad I did! -Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik

  15. Another great option for me to think about for a BBQ this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. they sound really good and the idea slice on top is really neat too.

  17. Oh my these look so delicious! Love your sweet little visitor too! :)

  18. Love lime/coconut flavour, delicious!
    These cupcakes look amazing!

  19. I LOVE lime and coconut! And your pictures are great! I would love if you could link up to Thursday Food Fest at Hope to see you there!

  20. I'm glad I found this recipe. I have a problem with the texture of coconut too. I love it's taste with lime though. I can't wait to try your recipe. I found your link at It's Overflowing's party.


  21. You have read my mind! I can't wait until I can get some limes!

  22. Yum! Pinned! Would it be wrong to want these for breakfast?! I love the ladybug, too! :) I would love if you shared this over at Love Bakes Good Cakes ... Have a great week!

  23. These sound ah-mazing! I can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing. Oh and I love the lady bug picture. Too cute!

  24. Oh my goodness. You are so amazingly talented! Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you again! -The Sisters

  25. I love these 2 flavors! Looks very YUMMY!

  26. These look fantastic!! I love the flavor of coconut and lime together I will be featuring these tomorrow at out party. Stop by and grab a button.:) Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

  27. I am obsessed with all things coconut too:-) They sound so delicious and refreshing...perfect for summer!!!

  28. Can't wait to make these Sat for a BBQ. What type of oil did you use? I'm a HUGE fan of coconut oil, think that would be ok in this recipe too?

  29. I made these this past week for my Mother-in-laws birthday- they were awesome!! I featured them on my blog, too:

    Thanks, Robin!

  30. They look so yummy and beautiful! Even a ladybug cannot resist! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  31. These sound (and look) AMAZING! Pinning to my cupcake board. Hopefully I can find time to whip up a batch! Thank you for sharing.

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