Holidays, All Occasion Coconut Cupcakes

This is my go to, perfect for everything cupcake

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I start with a box of French Vanilla cake mix and add some goodies

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an extra egg, coconut oil, buttermilk, sour cream,  vanilla instant pudding, vanilla and coconut extract.

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They’re great for football parties,  green “grass” topped little bites of sweet cake

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and of course perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or Easter too~

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You can make the coconut any color you like to match the holiday or your theme

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Wedding parties and baby showers~dye the coconut blue or pink

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And Valentine’s Day of course!

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Put the coconut in a ziplock with some drops of food coloring and shake shake shake until you get the color you want

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You could do purple, green and yellow for Mardi Gras

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Orange for Halloween

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or red, white and blue for Memorial Day and 4th of July!

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They taste fabulous in any color!

Here’s the recipe:

COCONUT CUPCAKES  for a printable version click here

1 box Vanilla or French Vanilla cake mix

1 box vanilla instant pudding mix

4 oz. light sour cream

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

2/3 cup non fat buttermilk

4 eggs

2 tsp coconut extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine ingredients in a mixer, stopping to scrape sides once, until batter is smooth.  Scoop into paper lined mini muffin tins.  Bake at 350 15-20 minutes until starting to brown, and tester comes out clean.  Do not over bake. Makes 24-30 mini cupcakes.

COCONUT BUTTERCREAM ICING

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 sticks butter

3-4 T milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp coconut extract

coconut for garnish

food coloring [optional]

Mix extracts with 2 T of milk and combine powdered sugar with butter and mix well, adding more milk if necessary, until icing is the desired consistency.  Spread or pipe icing on cupcakes and sprinkle with coconut

*to dye coconut, place in a ziplock bag and add food coloring.  Shake to distribute and add more drops until the color is what you want.

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Thanks so much for your sweet visit!

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12 Responses to “Holidays, All Occasion Coconut Cupcakes”
  1. Mary says:

    Starting with a box mix is my kind of baking Jenna! Love the healthy addition of the coconut oil too!
    Cupcakes for everything is my mantra 🙂

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  2. I don’t think there’s one occasion that doesn’t call for cupcakes-love ’em! Oh look, the sun is out here today, maybe I’ll go bake some too:@)

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  3. I’m going to have to snag some of that coconut oil next time I’m at Costco. These sound so good, and when I want something just a little bit more special in flavor, this will fill the bill! I love a sweet, subtle coconut flavor!!! Since it’s cold, snowy and grey here, maybe I’ll make some this week to take to neighbors. That’ll bring a little sunshine into their lives! 🙂 Thanks!

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  4. Emily says:

    Hi Jenna, these dainty cupcakes look yummy and this recipe is a keeper! I’m going to pin your white cupcakes to my pin board “cupcake Love”.

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  5. Kim says:

    Your cupcakes sound delicious! I love the way you colored coconut for different occasions.
    Blessings!
    Kim

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  6. I love coconut cake! I look forward to giving these a try. I like the idea of a simple base. but you can change the decorations to anything for anything. Great idea!

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  7. angie says:

    these sound so super tasty love coconut and may I say very pretty as well
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  8. Miz Helen says:

    This is a cupcake of many hats, and I love a recipe that is so versatile. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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