Say YES to Coconut Cupcakes! The ultimate comfort food during this Corona Virus crisis.

Hi friends!  Hope you are all finding ways to stay sane during our unprecedented country shutdown.  For me, I’m working my way through my Essential Emeril Cookbook- so I’ll share the yummy goodness with you!  I made half of the recipe in a useless attempt to control all my ‘snacking”- but 11 cupcakes were better than having access 24.  These were better the day they were made than the second day.

Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting & topped with Toasted Coconut– by Melanie Knight inspired by Emeril Lagasse

Ingredients- 12 cupcakes

  • 1 stick unsalted butter- room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbl egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tbl baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 stick unsalted butter- room temp
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 tbl heavy cream

1 cup toasted coconut (optional- but the crunch is worth it)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cupcake pan with paper liners- set aside.

Cream butter, sugar, egg, egg whites, coconut & vanilla extract, coconut milk.  Slowly mix in flour & baking powder.  This batter was delicious- eat raw cake batter at your worn risk!  Fill baking cups to 2/3 full- batter is enough for 12 cups cakes.  Bake for 25-30 mins- or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.  Remove from over.  I “speed cool” by putting these in the fridge on a hot plate holder- because I am impatient.  While these chill- I make the frosting & toast the coconut.

Toasted coconut- spread coconut our on a baking sheet & toast at 325 degrees fro 10 mins

Frosting- cream butter, powder sugar, coconut extract & heavy cream until combined

Frost your cooled cupcakes and top with toasted coconut.  Enjoy!  These were so delicious I am making a second batch today.


Author: Melanie

Conquering the world, 1 recipe at a time. Life is a feast and most poor fools are starving to death. Join me on Instagram, the_lucky_wife

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