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Coconut Cupcakes for #Easter #SundaySupper

Coconut Cupcakes | Magnolia Days

What is it about Easter and coconut? It is the third thing I think of for the holiday. The first two are Cadbury caramel eggs and chocolate mini eggs. I really cannot pin down why I think of coconut with Easter. Perhaps it is because of all the years I would make a coconut cake for my dad when my family celebrated together. He always asked for it. I was thinking of him and how much he would have enjoyed these coconut cupcakes for a change.

The cupcakes are light and airy. Folding in stiffly beaten egg whites gives it that texture. I wanted to keep the lightness so I decided to use seven minute frosting. Plus the almost pure white on top seemed fitting. A sprinkle of coconut flakes lets everyone know what flavor to expect. I could not resist using edible flowers as the final garnish. Violas and pansies are so pretty this time of year.

Easter brings so many memories. I think back to the dresses my mom had made for me. I remember going with her to take the pattern and fabric to the seamstress. She did this to save money instead of buying an expensive dress at the store. The lady would take my measurements and then my mom and her would chat for a while. I recall bits and pieces, including noticing how she had let candles drip down and cover bottles with the wax. The layers of colors were different on each one. They stood out from all the various knick-knacks she had around the house.

I also remember coloring eggs with my dad. The best moment was when he poked tiny holes in an egg and blew out the insides. My eyes were probably big as saucers. You don’t have to worry about colored eggs going bad if they are empty. Handle them delicately and they last a long time. More of my Easter memories have to do with food too like our usual Easter meal of ham, potato salad, and all the other sides and desserts.

Are you planning your Easter menu? Or is it Passover for you? The Sunday Supper contributors are sharing recipes for both. We have a great line-up and plenty to complete your special meal:


Breakfast, Breads, and Buns

Appetizers and Sides

Main Dishes

  • Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary from Small Wallet Big Appetite
  • Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham from The Meltaways
  • Sicilian “Enchiladas” from The Cooking Actress




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What memories does Easter bring for you? Is it hunting for eggs,  dresses, family meals, or ??? I’d love to know what makes the holiday special for you.

Coconut Cupcakes

A recipe for coconut cupcakes, a light textured cupcake with seven-minute frosting and garnished with sweetened coconut flakes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Renee


For the coconut cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1 1/2 sticks, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 large egg whites at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes plus more for garnish
  • Optional garnishes are edible flowers or candy

For the seven minute frosting:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, add the butter and 1 cup sugar. Beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and coconut extracts and beat to combine. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternatively with the coconut milk in two additions, mixing on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix.
  4. In another large bowl, beat the egg whites using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment on low speed until foamy. Increase the speed to high and gradually add the 2 tablespoons of sugar. Beat until stiff and glossy peaks form, about 5 minutes. Do not overbeat.
  5. Gently fold a third of the egg whites into the batter until combined. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites into the batter until combined. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites too much. Stir in the coconut flakes.
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 to 3/4 full (about 1/4 cup batter per muffin cup). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cupcakes are lightly golden brown and a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. You can rotate the cupcakes halfway through baking for even browning.
  7. Remove cupcakes from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Frost with seven minute frosting. Garnish with coconut flakes. Optional additional garnishes are edible flowers or candy.

For the seven minute frosting:

  1. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in a saucepan.
  2. In a heat-proof bowl (metal or glass), add the water, sugar, egg whites, cream of tarter and salt. Whisk to combine. Set bowl over the simmering water and mix with a handheld electric mixer on low speed. A whisk attachment works well however you can use regular beaters. Increase the speed to high and beat mixture until it holds stiff peaks, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Remove the bowl from over the pan and set on kitchen towel. Continue to beat until mixture is cool, glossy, and billowy, about 2 minutes more. Beat in vanilla. Use immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for coconut cupcakes, a light textured cupcake with seven minute frosting and garnished with sweetened coconut flakes.

Cupcakes recipe adapted from one on the Martha Stewart website. Frosting recipe adapted from one the Epicurious website.

Recipe Rating

lillian mittner

Friday 6th of June 2014

How long will the icing keep in the refrigerator


Saturday 7th of June 2014

The icing itself can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week however it is best to use it right away. I recommend only 2 or 3 days for iced cupcakes.

Katherine G

Wednesday 27th of March 2013

I love coconut. It's one of my favorite cake toppings. I haven't had a coconut cake in so long. this looks so delicious and brings back so many memories from when my mom used to make it when I was a kid

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

Your cupcakes look beautiful!

YinMom YangMom Allie

Monday 25th of March 2013

Love! Looks so sweet sitting on that stand... Your childhood Easters sound a lot like mine!

Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

Monday 25th of March 2013

I wonder about coconut too! These look so tasty!