Coconut Lime Cupcakes16

Posted by chockylit in Citrus, Coconut, Thai-Inspired (Sunday April 17, 2005 at 11:19 am)


My first try at these Thai-inspired cupcakes involved:

- taking a standard buttercream recipe and swapping the milk for fresh lime juice and adding some lime zest
- taking a standard vanilla cake recipe and removing the vanilla and swapping 1/4 cup of milk for 1/4 cup of lime juice and adding some zest

I then topped the frosted cupcakes with toasted, unsweetened coconut that I tossed in some granulated sugar.

All in all the cupcakes tasted pretty good, but I found them for one too sweet and secondly tasting mostly of lime and not so much of coconut. I plan to mess with the recipe some and see if I can’t get at something a little less cloying. For one, I plan to substitute most of the milk with coconut milk and plan on getting some fresh coconut in there somewhere.

More pictures of the cupcakes are here.

16 comments for Coconut Lime Cupcakes »

  1. You should link this photo to your Flickr photostream. Beautiful!

    Comment by Margaret — April 17, 2005 @ 5:22 pm

  2. Good idea!

    Comment by chockylit — April 17, 2005 @ 5:31 pm

  3. Wow. Those cupcakes are beautiful. I really want to try to make these now.

    Comment by Angel — April 18, 2005 @ 7:53 pm

  4. Thanks for being a faithful reader of my blog. I’m adding your gorgeous cupcake porn blog to my links!

    Comment by Cupcake — May 12, 2005 @ 7:39 am

  5. Gorgeous cupcakes! Lime and coconut…great combo. Let us know how the tweaking turns out. I’m looking forward to trying to make these.

    Comment by Lisa — June 10, 2005 @ 10:14 am

  6. Thanks. I hope to get to it soon, but I am starting a remodel tomorrow and there will be no baking for like 4 weeks!

    Comment by chockylit — June 11, 2005 @ 9:45 am

  7. is there a healthier substitute for confectioners sugar in frosting?
    like something that provides the right spreading consistency to frosting so that its not runny but at the same time not be so sweet like confectioners sugar?

    Comment by aida — February 25, 2006 @ 7:43 pm

  8. I love your site, I can’t cook to save my life but I can make a mean cupcake, seeing your blog and pics just showed me a new level! Thanks for the inspiration, I’m going to try some of these :)
    Btw, when I’m reading your recipes and posts, the links to the right cut off part of the text, is it me?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 7, 2006 @ 9:16 am

  9. The cutting off of the text is an issue with the three column CSS I coded up. It is fine, however, if the browser window is opened up to fit the 900 pixels the layout needs. I view the blog with the browser window open fully on my tiny laptop (13″ screen)… So try maximizing the browser window. That should fix it.

    Comment by chockylit — March 8, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

  10. I made these cupcakes this weekend and I substituted the remainin milk for coconut milk. It worked pretty well and the cupcakes were a hit. The only adjustment I would do next time is add more lime juice and zest to the batter.

    Comment by Steph Tekano — May 15, 2006 @ 9:14 am

  11. Steph, glad they mostly worked out. Happy experimenting!

    Comment by chockylit — May 17, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

  12. I made these cupcakes, substituting the milk for coconut milk and adding some sweetened coconut to the batter. Then, I filled them with a key lime pie filling (made with a water bath, like a custard) and topped them with a buttercream icing, made again with coconut milk plus lime zest. The coconut was not overpowering – very smooth and understated and the key lime filling plus the zest in the frosting gave it a good creamy/tangy punch. They were a HUGE hit with my family (critical eaters, all of them) at our recent reunion. You can see a picture here: http://cynicaldragonfly.blogspot.com/2006/08/im-all-juiced-up-on-family.html

    Comment by dragonfly — August 8, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

  13. I recently made angel food cupcakes with chocolate mousse buttercream frosting, and I am now obsessed with cupcakes. I am thinking about making a coconut lemon cupcake with mango filling, do you think this recipe with substitutions would work?

    Comment by izy — May 7, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

  14. definitely

    Comment by chockylit — May 7, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

  15. I was just thinking of making a dessert with lime and coconut! yummie

    Comment by Beth — October 9, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  16. I also attempted a lime coconut cupcake, and it was yummy, but not so coconutty…I was wondering if a coconut emulsion would be a waste of time and money?? I wasn’t sure if I should bother ordering some because I heard it could taste a little soapy.

    Comment by Frida — June 19, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

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