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Buttery Cupcakes with Coconut Topping Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Buttery Cupcakes with Coconut Topping

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"Perfect cupcakes to add to your lunch box. Very buttery with a yummy coconut and walnut topping. These never last more than an hour when I take them for my husbands co-workers. They are great served warm or cool."

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Original recipe makes 12 cupcakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    50 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper bake cups. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 1/3 cup butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Pour in the flour mixture alternately with 3/4 cup milk; beat well. Fill the prepared muffin cups evenly, about half full.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile, cream 1/4 cup butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in 2 tablespoons milk until well combined and fold in the coconut, walnuts, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  5. With the warm cupcakes in the muffin pan, carefully spread about 2 teaspoons of the frosting on the center of each one. Do not spread the frosting all the way to the edge.
  6. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.
  7. Broil the tops of the cupcakes in the preheated oven until coconut is lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 11, 2009

I thought this was such an awsome recipe! The flavors are all very wonderful together. I followed this recipe to a T except I used almonds instead of walnuts that's all I had, and I cooked mine in a silicone muffin pan. I had a tough time figuring out the broiling part with mine, but they still turned out great. All in all my family and I loved it! My 4 year old asked for it to be his birthday cake for his next bday! Great Recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 22, 2010

These came out way to heavy and not very tasty either. The topping was good but the cupcake itself was not. I was very dissapointed!


14 Ratings

Apr 13, 2009

These cupcakes were so good and easy to make! I didn't make the coconut topping because I don't like coconut but they were just as good with regular frosting from the store. These were much better than the store bought boxed cupcakes. I will definitely make these again.

Jun 15, 2011

Yum! Yum! Yum!! Made these for my best friend's Bridal Shower that I both catered and hosted. She wanted to do cupcake decorating, and her bridal colors are Pink and Black. I tested this recipe the week before the party, and FELL in LOVE with it. Didn't even bother with the coconut topping, just made the cupcakes and they were DELICIOUS! I added red food die to make them pink, and EVERYONE loved them. By far the best vanilla cupcakes I have ever had!

Aug 04, 2009

These were only ok for me. I did halve the recipe as it was just for my husband & I and we don't need to have 12 cupcakes around :) but I did it exactly in half (the site calculates it for you) and they turned out rather dry. I felt more like I was eating a muffin than a cupcake. The topping was interesting but again seemed like a muffin topping instead of a frosting. You do have to be careful with the broiling- I did not spread to the edges as directed, thinking it would spread itself under the heat, but it did not, and a few did turn dark in that area, so I would advice spreading it out to cover the whole thing.

Apr 04, 2011

My 14-year-old daughter, who LOVES to bake, found this recipe (she was looking for a recipe with coconut, because we had so much left over from the holidays), and it was a HIT! I am not really a fan of sweets, but I always "taste" what she makes, because she really is a great baker ... and I am telling you that these cupcakes are my favorite ... they are DELICIOUS! She followed the recipe to the "T" (she generally does), except she omitted the walnuts, because she has a nut allergy. She has made them twice, and they came out PERFECT both times!

Jan 21, 2012

I must say I was looking for a good buttery cupcake more than a sugary topping. I just made the cake. Maybe with sugary topping, but it does not stand on it's own.

Apr 04, 2011

"Your best cupcakes ever!" exclaimed the roommate. "I love you even more" said the boyfriend! And all because of these cupcakes! Hints: Use the cinnamon in the cupcake bottom, otherwise they're boring. Make sure you butter is warm enough to cream with the sugar. Lumpy cake batter is going to make your cupcakes a crappy texture. For the topping, you can spread it to the edge if you want the topping to melt into the paper and then catch on fire (extra hint: you don't). If you grease the cupcake pans you can spread the stuff closer to the edges. If you don't use walnuts (which you should, they were super-yummy) add more coconut, otherwise your topping will be a little too... buttery. YUM YUM


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  • Calories
  • 303 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.1 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 15.9 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 254 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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