Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Author: Canadian Living

These delicious cupcakes serve as the tempting dessert in our "Teen Potluck" menu in the April 2006 issue of Canadian Living magazine.

  • Portion size 12 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2006


Cream cheese Icing:


Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners; set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg, coconut extract and vanilla until smooth.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt ; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of buttermilk. Stir in coconut. Spoon into prepared cups, filling about three-quarters full.

Bake cupcakes in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in single layer in airtight container for up to 24 hours or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Garnish: In metal cake pan, toast coconut in 350°F (180°C) oven, stirring once, until golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Let cool.

Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until light and fluffy; beat in milk, vanilla and coconut extract. Reduce speed and beat in icing sugar, 1 cup (250 mL) at a time, until fluffy. Spread about 2 tbsp (25 mL) over each cupcake; dip in toasted coconut. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per cupcake:</b> about

  • Sodium 224 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 320.0
  • Total fat 15 g
  • Cholesterol 52 mg
  • Saturated fat 10 g
  • Total carbohydrate 45 g


  • Iron 7.0
  • Folate 10.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Vitamin A 12.0
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Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing