Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

 Coconut Overload Cupcakes are the perfect treat for your next celebration
These Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect celebration dessert. The bursting coconut flavor comes from coconut milk, shredded coconut, coconut rum and coconut extract. You are going to be impressed by the taste.

Cupcakes are not just for children (grownups love them too!), especially when they're soft, sweet and full of flavor. While cake mix versions are convenient, adults are often looking for something with a little more complexity, originality, substance and charm. However, I will say even the older crowd loves a really good frosting.

Coconut Overload Cupcakes will be perfect for any celebration
Coconut Overload Cupcakes in the cupcake tins

Coconut Overload Cupcakes are filled with coconut goodness
These cupcakes will most definitely be the perfect ending to your springtime get-together, Easter feast or any other celebration you can think up. After one bite, coconut fans might have a hard time sharing.

Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect celebratory cupcake
This recipe is loaded with coconut flavor and has a nice texture and crumb. Coconut milk, coconut extract, coconut rum and shredded coconut make this an over-the-top coconut lover's dream.

Coconut Overload Cupcakes are the perfect treat for your next celebration event
Baking from scratch does take a little more time, but the results are worth the effort. The looks on everyone's face will be priceless when they take their first bite of these light and airy cupcakes. It's hard to imagine anything else tasting so good.

Coconut Overload Cupcakes are packed with coconut goodness Coconut milk shredded coconut coconut rum and coconut extract make for one delicious cupcake

Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 12



  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut rum (such as Malibu)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut, plus more to top the cupcakes
  • colorful candy for garnish, optional


  • 8 oz cream cheese (not lowfat), softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare a regular-sized muffin tin by lining it with cupcake papers.
  • In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a pourable measuring cup, combine egg whites, coconut milk, coconut rum and coconut extract.
  • In a stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter until light and airy, about 4 minutes on medium speed. Alternately add dry and wet ingredients (starting and ending with dry) in three additions. Mix in coconut until fully combined. Be careful not to over-mix batter.
  • Fill each prepared muffin tin ⅔ full with batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Leave in the pan to cool about 5 minutes before removing and cooling completely.
  • To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer until smooth, about 4 minutes. Add coconut extract and powdered sugar and beat to blend. Spread frosting on each cupcake and top with shredded coconut. Garnish each cupcake with seasonal candy of your choice. Tip: Keep the cupcakes refrigerated until ready to serve.

Other Coconut Inspired Cupcake Recipes You Might Enjoy:

  1. Lemon Coconut Cupcakes
  2. Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes
  3. Coconut Pineapple Cupcakes
  4. Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes
  5. Coconut Cream Pie Cupcakes

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11 Comments and 2 Replies

  1. I am a die-hard coconut fan and these are calling my name! They’re so cute and perfect for Easter!

  2. Well these are pretty much a coconut lover’s dream come true!

  3. I’ve been craving coconut everything lately! These sound so great, I’m going to have to give these a shot!

  4. You are so totally right – cupcakes are most definitely NOT just for the kiddos! I definitely agree that adults love them, too! And especially when they’re this pretty – they’ll be gone in a flash! I really love all the different layers of coconut flavor in these!

  5. These cupcakes are beautiful!! And, if you could overload them some more, I’d be perfectly fine with that ’cause I LOVE coconut! Cupcakes, too! It’s pretty much my dream dessert, and my dreams are now a reality. ♥

  6. Now these are my kind of cupcakes! I am such a coconut fiend. :) They look perfect!

  7. These look darling. I love all of the coconut overloading the frosting :-)

  8. Nina 9

    If we were to omit the rum, what should I replace it with?

  9. Ivette 11

    I love it! :)

  10. Joan Buell 12

    Made these for my adult daughter’s birthday…so good! I didn’t have a chance to find the rum, so substituted milk. Frosting is luscious. I had doubled the batch, and had some leftover to put in the freezer. Am thinking it will be great on chocolate cake!

  11. Roo 13

    I just made these today and they are SO INSANELY GOOD!!!!


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