Coconut Lime Cupcakes - A Tropical Treat

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Coconut Lime Cupcakes - A Tropical Treat
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on June 14, 2024

These tropical-inspired coconut lime cupcakes are the perfect mix of sweet and tangy flavors. The moist and fluffy coconut cake pairs perfectly with the zesty lime frosting, creating a burst of sunshine in every bite. Perfect for summer parties or any time you need a little pick-me-up.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Shredded coconut and lime slices for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the coconut milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Fold in the shredded coconut, lime zest, and lime juice until just combined.
  7. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners, filling each about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the lime frosting by creaming the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and lime zest until creamy.
  10. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them with the lime frosting and garnish with shredded coconut and lime slices.
  11. Enjoy these tropical treats with a cold glass of coconut water or a fruity cocktail!

Interesting Facts

  • Coconut is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a nutritious addition to these cupcakes.
  • Lime zest adds a burst of fresh citrus flavor to the frosting, balancing out the sweetness of the coconut cake.
  • These cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days, but they are best enjoyed fresh.