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Coconut cupcakes recipe

These coconut cupcakes are dense and moist. They use coconut milk and dessicated coconut for flavour and they have a very similar texture to friands. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 120g butter
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
  • 1 ¼ cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup dessicated coconut


Preheat oven to 180°C or 160° fan-forced. Place patty pans on a baking tray and set aside.

Using a mixer, cream the butter until pale and fluffy. Gradually add in the sugar until well combined.

With the motor running add one egg at a time ensuring you scrape down the sides of the bowl to get and even mixture.

Add the vanilla extract and gradually add the coconut milk until all combined.

In a separate bowl mix the plain flour, salt, baking powder and dessicated coconut. Beat this into the wet mixture about a half a cup at a time until well combined.

Fill the patty pans two-thirds full and bake for 20-25 minutes.


  • I just put a squirt of cream and little lollies on top of these.
  • If you are looking for a grown-up cupcake these are great. They aren’t sickly sweet and can be topped with coconut flavoured cream cheese icing and toasted coconut for special occasions.
  • If you only have coconut cream in your pantry, take care to add a bit more milk with it, otherwise the mixture will be too dry.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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