Chocolate coconut cupcakes are light and full of flavor. Plus, you can adapt them for almost any occasion! Why use a box mix recipe when you can make homemade cupcakes in less than an hour?
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I try not to be braggy on the blog, but I have to brag a little bit today. Can you blame me? Look at these cupcakes! I think they’re the best cupcakes I’ve made to date. I was pretty happy with my sangria cupcakes, but these take the cake (see what I did there?). While the recipe technically has two parts, these chocolate coconut cupcakes come together easily with simple, every day ingredients.
A few weeks ago, we celebrated Bud’s birthday with these little gems. Two of Bud’s favorite flavors are chocolate and coconut. Luckily, those two flavors make a great combination for cupcakes! He also happens to be a huge fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars. I couldn’t help but make the cupcakes Jaguars themed! The color of the frosting is a little shocking, but it matches the football team’s colors almost perfectly! I’m so happy with the result. Gold sprinkles tie the cupcakes together and adds a final touch of Jaguars flair.
While homemade cupcakes may seem difficult, these chocolate coconut cupcakes are simple! The ingredients for the chocolate coconut bake base come together in about 10 minutes and then only need to bake for 20. The most difficult part of the recipe is waiting for the cream cheese and butter to soften for the frosting! Once the cakes have cooled, they’re ready to frost! I found this video super helpful when first learning how to frost cupcakes.
While you don’t have to use food coloring for the frosting, it definitely makes the cupcakes festive! Once they cupcakes are frosted and decorated, they’re ready to eat!
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Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup liquid coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
For the frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 4 tablespoons butter softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 100 drops blue food coloring
- 30 drops green food coloring
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake papers.
In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, sugar and coconut oil until combined. Stir in the vanilla and set aside.
In a separate, larger bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Give the mix a good stir to combine the ingredients.
Once combined, make a well in the dry ingredients and add the coconut milk mixture. Mix until combined, being careful to not overmix.
Spoon the mix evenly into the cupcake liners until each tin is bout 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out cleanly.
Once baked, transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting the cupcakes.
Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the softened cream cheese and softened butter. Beat on medium until well combined.
With the mixer on a low speed, gradually add in the powdered sugar until each reaches your desired consistency. Add more powdered sugar for a thinner frosting.
Once the frosting reaches the desired consistency, add the salt, vanilla and food coloring (only if you want teal frosting).
Frost your cupcakes and add desired toppings!
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