Coconut and lime cupcakes

(71 ratings)
Coconut and lime cupcakes
Coconut and lime cupcakes
  • Serves: 12

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Give your cupcakes a simple update with this tasty recipe. The creamy coconut flavour is balanced by the zesty lime - and the flavoured buttercream is just delicious! Itís a great recipe to try if youíre looking for a new recipe to impress your friends, or want something special to enjoy with a cup of tea. Using desiccated coconut and coconut milk to give these moist cupcakes a creamy and coconutty flavour which contrast nicely with the zingy lime zest in this mixture. Try this easy recipe once and youíll have a new family favourite!


  • 120g butter, softened
  • 160g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 125ml coconut milk
  • 50g dessicated coconut
  • 120g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk

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  1. To make this cupcake recipe, preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder together and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the lime zest. Fold in half the sifted flour, then half the coconut milk, then the rest of the flour, followed by the remaining coconut milk.
 Gently fold in the dessicated coconut.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place on wire racks to cool completely.
  5. To make the buttercream, cream the butter, gradually add the sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the coconut milk and continue creaming until fully combined. Pipe onto the cupcakes using a piping bag and then, garnish with dessicated coconut.

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Jen Flowers

Some yummy fresh raspberries :D

Annamarie Morgan

Some chopped/grated pistachio nuts......

Eileen Pateman

small pieces of toffee.

Diane Pearce

A dribble of melted dark chocolate :)

Abi Sumption

Great cupcakes - they were the talk of the evening! I topped with the buttercream, lime zest and dessicated coconut, but also did half as a 'lime drizzle' by piercing the cakes and topping with lime juice and sugar mixture. You could probably decrease the sugar as these were quite sweet!


WOW!!! Speechless!! These were absolutely melt-in-your-mouth, to die for!! I baked them at 160deg for 20 mins- so light, fluffy and moist, absolute perfection. Can't wait to show them off tomorrow!


Is the coconut milk the one from the tin (the thick stuff) or the milk from the cartoon (which is more similar to milk) ?????


Made these for a tasting and everyone loved it. Just swapped the coconut milk for lime juice to give a burst of lime flavour and topped it off some coconut shavings!

Mary Berry

Use a proper cake syringe. Hollowing them out (with anything could ruin the bottoms of the cupcakes) and just spooning in some curd would be a bit messy. I've used my syringe to put jam in a doughnut and it worked really well. They are only about £3.99.


These cakes are just perfect, they taste wonderful and dont need anything extra added, try for yoursel and see, perfect,

Jeanette Purvis

Why spoil the Perfect Cupcake - such an excellent combination does not need any added extras in my opinion.

Carly Kaplan

like the malibu idea :)

Carly Kaplan

I think for an Asian twist I would add some ginger to the cupcakes and then grate some chilli chocolate on the frosting :)

Laura Chaisty Seville

Change the lime for lemon and add some raspberry jam to the middle

Claire Jones

For a special treat for the adults I would add a little bit of white rum, to give it that Caribbean taste :-)

Ginny McVee

Sprinkled on top, some delicate flakes of Dark chocolate (that is flavoured, with orange zest, preferably) if this chocolate not readily available, flakes of dark chocolate and orange zest. I think the mixture of these flavours with the lime and coconut would give an unexpected suprise to the taste buds!

Karen Brown


Inger Cruz

something sweet and different taste like strawberry jam inserted inside i usually use the nurofen medicine tube to get jam into the centre. :)

Sharon Harvey

I would add some chopped mango'sand have a a pureed mango sauce drizzled over them.

Lisa Grace

I would add popping candy to give everyone a suprise when they bit in! Or Malibu to enhance the coconut taste while also being a little naughty!

Nicola Thompson

I would hollow out the centre of the cupcakes and add a little spoonful of lime curd, I would also toast the desiccated coconut for extra flavour and finish off with a sprinking of the toasted coconut over the top :-)

Alison Derry

I'd change the topping to a carrot cake style topping with a little bit of lime juice and sprinkle with disiccated coconut on top

Michele Gurges

Before frosting cakes, make a hole in the middle and fill with lime jelly (which you have prepared in time to set) With the apple corer that you took the middle of the cake out, use this to get the jelly the same size and pop in the middle, then frost.

Helen Tripp

Some Ginger would be nice!!

Nina Evans Williams

A bit of rum! Yum!

Winnie Sunny

Some edible sprinkles would be lovely! A fancy cupcake wrapper would be a bonus.

Ambrin Jkdgh

add some cream cheese to the frosting

Dominique Lapointe

I would had some walnut for a crunchy bite

Ken Owen

Kirsch, cos I had to buy a bottle for your raspberry cake recipe

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