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May 21

Triple Coconut Cupcakes

These Triple Coconut Cupcakes are perfect for the major coconut lover! Coconut flavor explodes in the cake, the filling, and the frosting!

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I’ve never been much of a fashionista. I don’t understand how to be adventurous in clothing and how things match. I’m that girl who goes to Old Navy and buys four of the shirt in different colors because I liked the way the first one fit.

I have 4 black t-shirts in my closet and two gray ones. If I was given the choice, I would wear one of them every. single. day. I dress them up by wearing a different colored layering tank underneath.

On days where all I do is go to drop-off and pick-up, I have to force myself NOT to wear sweats.

So, it’s strange to me how I got Jordan: the fashionista daughter. Every day is a dressing adventure for her, from tip to toe. It’s all a package: hair, jewelry, clothes, shoes, sweater. I have no idea where she got this sense of style. But I’m glad she has it!

In my photo shoots, you can probably tell I’m much the same way. Some bloggers are so good at layering their napkins, parchment, straws and plates. Me? it’s an effort to put one napkin in a shoot. When I remember, I throw in a straw. Styling is not my strong suit.

When I was invited to the Fashion for Cupcakes party by Betsy and Carrie, I knew that my cupcake and display would be pretty but not an elaborate one. But that’s okay, these cupcakes deserve to stand on their own!

Carrie, from Bella Cupcake Couture, sent everyone participating some cupcake wrappers and told us to design a cupcake based on the wrapper. These gorgeous wrappers I received kind of stand for themselves, don’t they? So I figured, simple was better.

I kind of think the coconut on the top of the Triple Coconut Cupcakes is like a fluffy bodice on top of a long evening gown. Right?

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I pictured them as a stunning Oscar gown on the red carpet. Joan and Melissa Rivers would say “What a fabulous print on the skirt! And the fluff of the ruffles on the bodice – gorgeous!” or something like that.

Whatever, you know I’m not a fashionista. My paper dolls probably wore black t-shirts when I was a kid. šŸ˜‰

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These cupcakes are Triple Coconut to the MAX. Triple Coconut because there are three layers of coconut and each layer has multiple coconut flavor!

1. The cake. It’s a jazzed up box mix with coconut milk instead of water and coconut extract for a little punch.

2. The filling. Before baking, you mix some coconut and sweetened condensed milk and drop tablespoons in the batter. It bakes into the cupcake and is a delicious coconut filling!

3. The frosting. OMG the frosting. A buttercream made with coconut milk, coconut extract and toped with lightly toasted coconut.

Seriously, these are coconut to the extreme!

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A dress fit for a coconut queen…and a cupcake fit for a coconut lover.

My mouth is watering, seriously.

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If that fashion is wrong, I don’t know what’s right!

Triple Coconut Cupcakes

There is coconut in every bite of this cupcake from the cake, the filling, and the frosting!


For the Cupcakes

  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted (see note)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (from a 14 ounce can)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut milk (see note)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

For the Frosting

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 cup toasted coconut (see note)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with liners (24 cupcakes).
  2. Stir together 2 cups coconut and sweetened condensed milk in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix cake mix, coconut milk, oil and eggs with a hand mixer on low for 30 seconds, then on medium for 2 minutes. Divide batter evenly in the cupcake pans (about 3/4 full). Scoop 1 tablespoon of the coconut mixture onto the top of each cupcake.
  4. Bake 15-18 minutes until the cupcake springs back when touched. Cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make the frosting, beat butter with a mixer until smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar and mix until crumbly. Add coconut extract and 2 tablespoons milk and mix until smooth. If needed, add another tablespoon of milk to reach desired consistency. (I used 3 tablespoons).
  6. Frost cupcakes with a spatula or a pastry bag. Top generously with toasted coconut.


To toast coconut: place on a baking sheet and bake at 350, stirring pan often, for a few minutes. Alternately, you can put it in a frying pan and cook over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring often. Do NOT walk away from the stove. It cooks fast and burns faster!

On Coconut Milk: I like to use the coconut milk that comes in a box or in the dairy section near the almond milk. I do not like using the canned coconut you find in the international aisle, the boxed kind tastes better!

Recipe adapted from a Betty Crocker Cake Magazine.

Triple Coconut Cupcakes

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Thanks for reading!

160 comments on “Triple Coconut Cupcakes

  1. I love the Dorothy polka dots!

  2. Those are amazing and I love the wrappers!!

  3. I like the pink camo ones!

  4. These look so delish and so moist! Super cute and I adore the cupcake wrappers too!

  5. your wrappers are awesome, and coconut anything wins with me! i hear ya on the styling too, mine are usually pretty simple :)

  6. I don’t know much about styling, but your pictures always look AMAZING to me! And this one makes we want to gobble up all those cupcakes, so that can’t be a bad thing. :)

  7. So gorgeous!! Those liners are adorable and these cupcakes sound delicious!!

  8. I think you’re styling is just fine. These bloggers that do tons of paper crafts along with their baked good border on tacky, if you ask me. These photos are more elegant and sophisticated.

  9. I’m late to the coconut game. I didn’t start liking it until I went to Hawaii last year. I would love these cupcakes. You styled them perfectly!

  10. These are gorgeous cupcakes! I’m loving the triple overload of coconut in the cupcake batter, filling, and frosting. I never used to like coconut, but I’m slowly learning to love it. I’m definitely craving one of these beauties right this second!

  11. I love these cupcake wrappers, so cute! Thanks for this awesome giveaway! :)

  12. I’m the same way!! I basically live in Target tank tops. I have 13. (Yes, I just counted.) By the time laundry day rolls around, almost all of them are in my dirty clothes hamper! But if a shirt is comfy and somewhat cute, why buy or wear anything else??

  13. I am in love with these cupcakes from the inside out! I love the color in those wrappers! How cute! But that’s just the start, because I am the biggest coconut lover! These cupcakes have my name written all over them! Lovely!

  14. I relate to you with just about everything in this post!! I’m not fashionable at all – but my daughter loves to get dressed up! And when it comes to photo styling, I definitely think I fall on the simplistic side of the line. But these cupcakes? I don’t think they need anything else – they look perfect as they are!

  15. Your cupcakes look awesome! Can’t wait to try them…

  16. Oh my gosh! LOVE THOSE! I cannot make cupcakes. At all. Wish we were closer and you could teach me.

  17. Your cupcakes are beautiful and sound delicious! Maybe I could also use my coconut oil in this recipe somewhere(I have yet to use it)! You sound just like me in the clothes department, and my girls (grown) sound just like your daughter:) I would much rather spend the money on stuff to dress up my cookies than dress myself~haha!

  18. What a great giveaway! I am in love with the Olivia Swirl Cupcake print.

  19. I LOVE me some coconut, so these cupcakes would probably knock my socks off!!! And great pictures!

  20. I love coconut. I love cupcakes. And I sure I will love this coconut cupcake recipe! Looks great, simple yet stylish

  21. My mouth is watering! These sound delicious and the cupcake wrappers are beautiful!

  22. I love everything coconut. Also everything cupcake. So this has obviously stolen my heart, I love it!

  23. These cupcakes look amazing! Pinned!

  24. I love all the cupcake wrappers, but the red zebra print is my favorite of all.

  25. Your cupcakes look absolutely GORGEOUS! and delicious!!

  26. You may not be a fashionista but your cupcake display certainly is….adorable! Love how stunning the colors are paired together. It reminded me of a winter theme. the coconut cupcake sounds dreamy. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for participating. Love seeing all the creativity!

  27. Beautiful cupcakes

  28. My favorite cupcake wrapper is the Dorothy wrapper.

  29. Love love love. I’m all about the “triple” cupcakes lately and these are gorgeous!

  30. I love the ones you used, so pretty!!

  31. I love them ALL, but I really, really love the Honeysuckle Pink wrappers! And, holy cow, I cannot WAIT to make these cupcakes!

  32. Those look amazing. And I am totally the girl who buys four shirts in the same color just because they fit “right”. (Also true for sweaters, pants, and cardigans.) Glad to know I’m not alone! My husband thinks I’m crazy.

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  34. What an intense coconut experience. Im so looking forward to making these.
    You might like my coconut oil cupcake recipe, its sugar free, check it out.

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  37. I made the triple coconut cupcakes last night with one substitution – I used coconut emulsion instead of the extract…. OMG they were incredible! I had left over batter so I made two in these cute silicone teacups I have but I didn’t add the coconut mixture in the middle cause I ran out of the mixture (I made them for my daughter to take to a surprise party at work) when I bit into them they were like a bite of heaven! If you are a coconut lover you will love this recipe! Sorry I can’t upload my teacup pic.

  38. Just finished up a batch of these and I have to say, they are delicious! I unfortunately was short on coconut and did not have coconut extract, but still able to get a good taste of the coconut goodness. I just used homemade vanilla in place of the extract and sprinkled toasted coconut over the iced cakes instead of putting it into the frosting. Hoping my husband enjoys the sweet surprise when he gets home (and then takes them to work so I don’t eat them all in my own! ) Thanks for the yummy (and easy) recipe to add to my arsena :-)l

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  41. I want a cupcake now. : >

  42. Hi Dorothy, I was wondering if white cake mix could be used instead of yellow? I wasn’t really sure because off the sweetened condensed milk.Thank you.

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  45. Love these cupcakes! Definitely trying them this week for a bbq. Just wondering if the filling can be added after baking instead of baking it with the cupcakes?Ā 

    • Yes you can! When it’s inside the cupcake before it bakes some of the extra liquid kind of bakes off so they’re not runny inside. I can’t remember how dense the coconut mixture is so once you mix the 2 cups coconut with 1/2 cup SCM, you might want to add more coconut if it seems at all runny. But since there’s nothing that needs to be baked in that mixture you’re good to go with adding it after!

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