Coconut-Lime Cupcakes

This is a combination/variation on my coconut and lemon cake recipes. It goes great with mango-lime filling and coconut cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
36 cupcakes


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup butter

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice

  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated lime zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 36 cupcake cups with paper liners.

  2. Beat sugar and butter together in the bowl of an electric stand mixer until fluffy, about 10 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, adding coconut extract and vanilla extract with the last egg.

  3. Combine flour, 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and nutmeg in another bowl. Beat into the egg mixture until thoroughly combined; beat in buttermilk and lime juice. Stir in coconut and lime zest.

  4. Fill each of the prepared cupcake cups with about 1/4 cup of batter using a large cookie scoop.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.

Cook's Note:

It's easy to halve this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

159 Calories
7g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 159
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 51mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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