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Coconut Lime Cupcakes

by Nick Makrides
Coconut Lime Cupcakes

Oh coconut and lime, you are so divine! Lime vanilla cupcakes with coconut frosting, sprinkled with lime zest and coconut, finished with a lime wedge.

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

Serves 20

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert, American
Cuisine: American



  • 3 1/2 cups plain flour all-purpose
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar superfine
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups full-cream milk whole
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 3 limes 1 zested in batter, 1 zested on top and 1 cut into wedges
  • 1 cup Lime curd use my lemon curd recipe but replace the lemon with limes
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup desiccated unsweetened coconut


  • 1 batch fluffy buttercream frosting



  • Preheat oven to 160C
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients. Turn mixer on low and allow it to mix for a couple minutes.
  • Next combine all of the wet ingredients (except the butter) in a large jug and whisk well.
  • Add softened butter into dry ingredients and mix until the batter appears grainy with a sand-like texture to it. Next, add wet ingredients in a slow and steady stream to the bowl until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
  • Zest 1 lime into the mixture along with green and yellow food gel and fold in gently.
  • Bake for 20 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • While cupcakes are baking and cooling prepare your buttercream frosting by adding coconut essence in a large mixing bowl with frosting and mix well.
  • Use an apple corer or a sharp knife to create a hole in the centre of the cupcake and fill with lime zest
  • Frost your cupcakes using an open star tip in a swirl. Finish off with a generous zest of coconut and lime zest. Pop a wedge on the side.
  • Any questions, or if I've left something out, feel free to ask!


Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.


Serving: 20g
Calories : 193kcal
Carbonhydrates: 19g
Protein: 3g
Fat: 12g
Saturated Fat: 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 0.1g
Trans Fat : 0.1g
Cholesterol: 31mg
Sodium: 141mg
Potassium : 52mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 1g
Vitamin A: 174IU
Vitamin C: 3mg
Calcium: 54mg
Iron: 1mg
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