Coconut Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream Frosting

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Happy Long Weekend to my Canadian readers! Such a lovely long weekend despite the not so summer-like weather... But then again it's not snowing so I am not complaining.  I am spending this weekend at my parents house out east so it's been a very relaxing time thus far.  We did venture out to Ribfest the other day and I surprisingly knocked back a whole 1/2 rack of ribs with coleslaw and baked beans.  I was definitely in some sort of rib coma for the rest of the day and even passed out on the couch when I got home.  The ribs were amazing though, if you ever hit up a Rib Festival be sure to check out Bibb's BBQ from Naples, Florida.

Today my parent's friends are coming over for dinner and being the nice daughter that I am, made them some coconut cupcakes! These cupcakes are soooo light and fluffy that they almost melt in your mouth! They are full of coconut flavour and the lime buttercream frosting gives it that bit of a tangy edge.  My dad kind of gave me a stupid look when I told him I was making a lime buttercream frosting but I bet you he will eat at least 3 of them. If you're not a big lime fan you can use less lime zest so that they aren't too tangy.  I used the zest of one lime and the frosting turned out perfect! Such a fun cupcake!

Coconut Cupcakes with 
Lime Buttercream Frosting
makes about 24 cupcakes

1 box white cake mix
1 ¼ cups coconut milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 egg whites
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup shredded coconut

Beat ingredients together in a large bowl for 2 minutes on medium speed.  Pour into cupcake pans filling each cup 2/3 full.  Bake at 325 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cupcakes cool on rack.

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup reduced coconut milk, room temperature
Seeds from 1 vanilla bean (or 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
1/8 tsp salt
finely grated zest from 1 lime
1 Tbsp lime juice1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted (for garnish)

Bring coconut milk to boil in large deep saucepan over medium-high heat (coconut milk will boil up high in pan). Reduce heat to medium-low; boil until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely. Transfer to small bowl. Cover; chill (coconut milk will settle slightly as it cools).

Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar, 1/3 cup reduced coconut milk, seeds from vanilla bean, salt, lime zest, and lime juice. Beat on medium-low speed until blended, scraping down sides of bowl. Increase to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy.
Frost your cupcakes with about 2 tablespoons of frosting and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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  1. You are a wonderful daughter! These cupcakes looks wonderful.


  2. I may not have the luxury of a long weekend, but I could certainly make the time for these cupcakes. They sound so bright, fluffy, and fun!

  3. These look fantastic - how lucky your parents + their friends are to get these, YUM!

  4. Man, these looks so good. Love the addition of egg whites, I bet they were so light and delicious.

  5. I love the lime buttercream on the coconut cupcakes. Bet your folks ate 'em all up!

  6. These are perfect long weekend food :) Or perhaps, perfect any time food...

  7. We love coconut ANYTHING! These cupcakes are beautiful.

  8. Coconut is one of my absolute favorites! This makes me want to break my diet and I haven't even started...haha :)

  9. I love coconut and those babies look soooo fluffy and delicious!

  10. That lime buttercream icing sounds fantastic! I've grown into a huge icing fan. Cream cheese icing is my fav!

  11. Never heard of a ribfest, but would definitely go! Such beautiful cupcakes you made Natalie! The lime frosting is just the right one!

  12. The cupcakes look beautiful. Your parents are lucky to have you. I also am spending the long weekend with my parents. And the weather has been quite nice here. Even if it wasn't, like you I am happy as long as there is no snow. ;)

  13. Yes, as long as it's not below freezing or snowing, I try very hard not to complain! These cupcakes look great! Coconut cake is my fave.

  14. Oh wow, these sound absolutely amazing!

  15. Great summer cupcake and you are a very sweet daughter!

  16. Can I have a handful of these cupcakes after a rib coma myself? Looks fab!!

  17. Dear Natalie, So glad you had a nice weekend. I bet the ribs were delish! I love ribs.
    I am sure your Dad will eat at least three if not four. The cupcakes look wonderful.
    Have a beautiful time visiting. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

  18. Happy long weekend to you too!
    Sounds like you had a ton of fun and these cupcakes sound amazing. I am in love with anything coconut these days.

  19. I just bought some limes, and didn't know what to do with them. Now I have my solution, thanks!

  20. These cupcakes look great the combination of coconut and lime...yum!
    Have an awesome week ahead :D

  21. I am a big lime fan, so I know I'd love this combination of flavours! We were out of town for the weekend but just got home - it definitely is feeling cooler, isn't it?

  22. Oh what a wonderful combi of flavours! The cupcakes look beautiful too.

  23. Coconut and lime together are so great! What a sweet treat for your parents!

  24. Lime & Coconut! What's not to love! I'm sure your cupcakes were much appreciated Natalie. I know I sure wouldn't mind having one or three!

    Thanks for sharing...

  25. These cupcakes look GREAT!
    Shashi @

  26. I want to reach through the screen and grab one.

  27. Butter cream and toasted coconut have to be some of my favourite flavours together. They are so so perfect. This reminds me of a pina colada :)


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