recipe: coconut cupcakes

March 4, 2011


So most of the time I am not a big fan of cupcakes. I know crazy, right? Well truth be told, I’d much rather have a piece of cake. Why you ask? Well, I find that so many bakeries pump out these dry and way too sweet cupcakes. When I found this recipe from Ina Garten I knew I had to make it. First of all, because Ina can do no wrong in my book and second because Matthew is a major coconut fan and every once in a while I like to do something sweet for him! These coconut cupcakes were unbelievable! Moist, flavorful and perfectly sweetened! Ina is a genius. Enough said.

Ina’s Coconut Cupcakes (from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook) printable
(makes 18-20 cupcakes)


  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut

For the frosting:

  • 1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, sifted


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold in 7 ounces of coconut.
Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each liner to the top with batter. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.
Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.

Seriously if you like cupcakes, especially coconut cupcakes you have to make this recipe! You’ll thank me for it. I’m not even that into coconut and I was smiling my way through every bite, so hopefully that tells you something!

What are your plans this weekend? You know, besides making these cupcakes? 🙂
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