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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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!

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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.

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Triple Coconut Cupcakes

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  1. These coconut cupcakes sound amazing! I love the idea of replacing water with coconut milk for added flavor. I’m pinning these cupcakes and want to try them. I’d love for you to share these on my Sweet Tooth Tuesdays blog link party, my readers would definitely enjoy them.

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  3. Those cupcakes look absolutely amazing and perfect for Summer. You are too sweet for including my Watermelon Cupcakes as another suggestion. Hugs!

  4. I definitely am a coconut freak. Between those cupcakes, their wrappers (seriously, you got the best wrappers ev-ah, in my, ahem, humble opinion:) these are killer, Dorothy. Really, the close up pic is amazing and makes me want to gracefully face plant in it. Delicious stuff!

  5. Your cupcakes totally look like they are ready for an oscar party! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE THEM!
    Thanks so much for participating in our Blog Party!
    <3 Betsy

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  7. They’re gorgeous, Dorothy! Would have never guessed that you don’t think styling is your forte. Your pics are always fun and pretty and inviting!

    Great giveaway. I love the print on your cupcake liners!

  8. I love tripple flavor anything. Those look yummy AND gorgeous.

  9. I like the cupcake wrap that you used but my favorite is the purple one that Bella Cupcake Couture used.

  10. Dorothy – these cupcakes look delicious! And – you are FAR too critical of your lovely photography! Every photo looks great to me! And – well – I am the same way you are about buying clothes…Old Navy – same Tshirt in different colors…and I have a fashionista daughter too that is FAR more stylish than her mom…

  11. I LOVE your wrappers! They’re gorgeous. these cupcakes look super tasty too! (and I’m not good at elaborately styling my shoots either lol, yours look great to me!)

  12. Your cupcakes are so ready for a party!! ๐Ÿ™‚ They are gorgeous and I love coconut.

  13. Your cupcakes look divine…even if you didn’t have the napkin and extras around to fashion them up. They’d have a show on their own!

  14. Loooove their zebra cupcake liners!
    and I loooooove anything coconut!

  15. love the wrappers they sent you, and those cupcakes are gorgeous…your pics are amazing!

  16. These sound fabulous, Dorothy! Coconut is perfect for summer!

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  19. Ohhhh man. I’m loving all the coconut going on in here, plus those wrappers are adorable. I love the solid colored with light polka dots, too!

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  23. These look SO good. I adore coconut, going to have to try these soon!

  24. These look like Heaven! YUMMY!

  25. Moist delicious and perfect!!

  26. Those cupcakes look very yummy!

  27. Um, I love your pictures. Your dessert/food always shines. And these cupcakes look gorgeous, coming from a girl who hates coconut ;/

  28. You did a fabulous job styling and that says a lot because I don’t like coconut, but I can look past that to how fabulous the cupcakes look ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love the contrast in colors!

  29. I love animal print cupcake wrappers!

  30. Its a struggle for me as well to gussy up my food sets. I usually just add one prop and call it a day! But these cupcakes don’t need anything else except that pretty cupcake liner. And that frosting.

  31. Wow, Bella Cupcake Couture really got many cute and fun cupcake wrappers and designs! So hard to choose just one! I think the Olivia Swirl – Sea Blue is so whimsical and elegant. Definitely caught my eyes. ๐Ÿ™‚ And the Lu Lu Damask- Gold is so pretty too. I love them all.

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  32. OH MY GOOOOOSSH. The filling! I die. Not to sound like youuuuu knoooooow but my version of triple coconut cupcakes is my absolute FAVE.. until now. Your filling totally trumps mine. I’m swooning.

  33. I like the Dorothy- Polkadots with the Pink, Blue, Green and Brown colors best

  34. Can you make this into a regular cake? I’m thinking of, making this for my BF’s birthday (a couple days before thanksgiving day,) this year), only I’ll. Substitute. White cake mix, instead of yellow cake mix. He’s. Sure to love it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. I just have to make these for my boyfriend! He LOVES coconut, goed all nuts about it *bad joke* hihi ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Oh an explosion of coconut in your mouth! Sign me up. They are so adorable too!

  37. These look fantastic, I love how you created a cupcake that compliments with the color of the wrapper without overwhelming the design, it looks like a little cloud of edible heaven. I love coconut!

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  39. I am 100% the same way with clothes!! Until I had a friend do a major overhaul of my sense of style. Now I’m still the same way, but with a teenie tiny bit of flare (read: some added clearance Target jewelry). Her overhaul didn’t really stick I guess. Love the cupcake liners. I want a skirt made out of them. I would sit under a shady tree in it and eat seven of these cupcakes.

  40. I love, love, love coconut cake. Sadly, I’m the only one in my house who does, so I rarely ever get them.

    Woe is me ๐Ÿ™ These look amaze. Period.

  41. I LOVE coconut cake. Sadly no one else that lives here does.

    I should probably move. Then eat coconut cupcakes, cause these look delish.

  42. Good thing I adore coconut!! These cupcakes are gorgeous, the wrapper is phenomenal and YOU my dear, don’t give yourself enough credit. I think you are a wonderful food stylist!

  43. Hannah – Black / White is my favorite and the cupcakes look amazing. Big coconut fans in this house!

  44. A SC milk filling is genius. I just want to eat one of these right now. Scott’s been putting coconut in oatmeal lately. Maybe I should try SC milk in my oatmeal? ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. i absolutely love coconut and these triple coconut are to die for!! love the the sweet condensed milk addition ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. I totally go to Old Navy when I’m in the US and buy a sweater in every color so I have something to wear to work each day :-p I’m also totally a fan of using coconut milk in dessert.

  47. I can’t wait to try out these cupcakes. They look awesome and yummy!

  48. Oh my, coconut cupcakes are pretty much my fave ever! These turned out just gorgeous – and I have no idea why you think styling isn’t your forte. Your pics always look awesome to me! Wow, I love all of the wrappers, but I’m especially smitten with the cherry blossoms. So cute!

  49. I love the wrappers of the Triple Coconut Cupcakes! They are adorable!

  50. My gosh, they’re all so beautiful, but I really like the soft purple with the dots.

  51. I love the Dorothy polka dots!

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

  53. I like the pink camo ones!

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

  55. your wrappers are awesome, and coconut anything wins with me! i hear ya on the styling too, mine are usually pretty simple ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  58. 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.

  59. 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!

  60. 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!

  61. I love these cupcake wrappers, so cute! Thanks for this awesome giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. 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??

  63. 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!

  64. 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!

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

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

  67. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  73. These cupcakes look amazing! Pinned!

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

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

  76. 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!

  77. Beautiful cupcakes

  78. My favorite cupcake wrapper is the Dorothy wrapper.

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

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

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

  82. 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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  84. 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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  87. 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.

  88. 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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  91. I want a cupcake now. : >

  92. 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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  95. 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?ย 

    • 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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