A light and buttery coconut cupcake topped with fresh strawberry frosting

The Best Strawberry Coconut Cupcakes

A light and buttery coconut cupcake topped with fresh strawberry frosting

Whenever I have to bake cupcakes for an occasion, I almost always make these Coconut Cupcakes. They are always loved and are extremely popular.

A light and buttery coconut cupcake topped with fresh strawberry frosting

While I usually always make a coconut cream cheese frosting, I decided to change things up by using a fresh strawberry frosting instead. Let me tell you they are just as good as the coconut version if not better!

A light and buttery coconut cupcake topped with fresh strawberry frosting

Strawberry season has officially begun here in San Diego and my favorite family stand has opened, which means we make a trip over there every three days. I’m usually lucky if the case of strawberries even makes it home, as 3 my kids literally attack it during our 15 minute drive home. I’m not so innocent either as there nothing quite better than sun-kissed strawberries that were harvested a mere 15 minutes before purchasing.

A light and buttery coconut cupcake topped with fresh strawberry frosting

Anyway, I finally got smart and purchased 2 cases so that we can enjoy one and I can bake with the other. Needless to say, there will be quite a few strawberry recipes coming up here in the near future.

A light and buttery coconut cupcake topped with fresh strawberry frosting

Coconut and strawberry are a match made in flavor heaven. The cupcakes are creamy and buttery due to the coconut extract and fresh and springy from the strawberry frosting. Next time I make these, I will for sure add some diced strawberries to the cupcake batter. Top the cupcakes with shredded coconut, sliced strawberries, or sprinkles and you have the perfect dessert for any occasion! Enjoy!


Strawberry Coconut Cupcakes

A moist coconut flavored cupcake topped with fresh strawberry frosting.

  • Coconut Cupcakes-
  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 sugar
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk with a splash of white vinegar)
  • Fresh Strawberry Frosting-
  • 1/3 cup fresh strawberry puree
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, slightly cold
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Coconut Cupcakes-

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make sure all your ingredients are room temperature.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and soda and mix.

In your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend butter, sugar and coconut extract at medium speed until pale and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition.

Reduce speed to low and add a cup of flour followed by 1/3 of the buttermilk.

Repeat this 3 times, until you have incorporated all the flour and buttermilk.

Line 2 cupcake pans with cupcake liners.

Fill each liner 2/3 full with batter.

Put pans into a preheated 350 degree oven, and then reduce the temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 25 minutes. This method produces rounded puffed tops.

Cool completely before frosting.


Place strawberries in the bowl of a small food processor; process until pureed.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioners' sugar; beat until well combined.

Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (save any remaining strawberry puree for another use); mix until just blended. Do not overmix, or frosting will incorporate too much air.

Frosting consistency should be dense and creamy, like ice cream.

Frost cupcakes and garnish with shredded coconut, sliced strawberries, or sprinkles.



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14 Responses to The Best Strawberry Coconut Cupcakes

  1. supersirriousmom February 15, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    Strawberry cupcakes are a household favorite for us! I would love to try this out!

  2. tkmom18 February 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

    These look so springy!

  3. ideasthatbuildcities February 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    These looks delicious! I will definitely try this and I will let you know how good they were (I’m pretty sure they will be tasty!) Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

  4. Meredith February 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Oh my, I am a sucker for coconut cakes! And I love the twist of adding some strawberry. Pinning this for my next get-together!

  5. Ali February 15, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    These look so good! Looking forward to making these when I have fresh strawberries out of the garden!

  6. Tessa February 15, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

    These cupcakes look amazing!!! I love the two flavor combinations!!! Coconut brings the summer flavors and strawberry brings the spring flavors!!!

  7. Katherine Turro February 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    These are too cute! i love the pink!

  8. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms February 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    Yum! These look delicious! I love the idea of combining these two flavors!

  9. Stephanie Bills February 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    Yum! This looks absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  10. Jessica Sheppard February 15, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    Strawberry coconut cupcakes?! Omg, yes, please! These look so delish…I def need to try this recipe. Hope mine turn out as yummy as your look!

  11. Chelsea Pearl February 16, 2017 at 8:32 am #

    These are so fun and festive!

  12. layersofchic February 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    these look simply divine and are making me want a cupcake so badly!

  13. Karly February 21, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    YUM! So pretty and fluffy, and love the straw-coconut combo. I have a feeling my daughter and I could take out an entire batch in one sitting! 😉


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