Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting


I love coconut cake, so I wanted to make a good, easy cupcake. I love these. Check out how easy they are.

A Coconut Cupcake topped with toasted coconut and cream cheese frosting.

Coconut Cream Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy light and fluffy cupcakes loaded with nutty coconut flavor and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 24 cupcakes
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For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 box coconut cake mix
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 can Kerns Strawberry Banana Nectar Drink
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded coconut sweetened

For the Frosting:

  • 4 tablespoons softened butter divided
  • 2 cups shredded coconut sweetened
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons milk


For the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Beat all cake ingredients except coconut on medium speed in mixer until well combined, almost 2 minutes. Stir in coconut. Fill cupcake tins 3/4 full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Let cool completely.

For the Frosting and Toasted Coconut:

  • Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a large skillet. Add coconut and stir and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and let cool and crisp up.
  • Place cream cheese and remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth and creamy. slowly add in powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 Cups toasted coconut into frosting. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle remaining toasted coconut over tops of frosted cupcakes.
Keywords: coconut cupcakes, easy cupcakes, how to make cupcakes

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7 Responses
  1. joshmom

    These look fantastic. I want to make them. But the only Kern I could find as 46 FL OZ. How many ounces is the can you used?

  2. Caroline

    These look yum – where do you find the coconut cake mix?? I’ve been reading your blog for a few months and every time I make one of your recipes I just KILL!!

  3. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

    Those look awesome! I love coconut desserts and cream cheese frosting? That is pure heaven!

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