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Lime Coconut Cupcakes With Vanilla Frosting


Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.

These lime coconut cupcakes are so pretty! The frosting is smooth and fluffy, and they smell absolutely divine.

These lime coconut cupcakes are so pretty! The frosting is smooth and fluffy, and they smell absolutely divine.

Lime and Coconut: Yum!

To celebrate the end of summer, I decided to treat my family to my favorite summer cupcake: lime and coconut with vanilla frosting. The recipe is simple, and you'll be amazed by the fluffy cake with smooth and light frosting.

Lime and coconut is the perfect combination. Have you ever tried these two flavors together? If not, give these cupcakes a try. I'm guessing you'll love them!

If you prefer cakes to cupcakes, you can pour the batter into a cake mold and bake it as a whole cake.

Let's see the full ingredients.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20-25 minutes

Total time: 50-60 minutes

Serves: 12 or more


For the cupcakes:

  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (add 1/2 cup more if you prefer it to be sweeter)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime zest, grated
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cool whip or 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • Freshly sliced lime
  • Freshly grated lime zest
  • Shredded coconut (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a standard-sized cupcake tray with baking papers and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, virgin coconut oil, whole milk, lime juice, and lime zest. Use a hand mixer to whisk at low speed. Mix until all ingredients are combined, then set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, sieve the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk to incorporate the ingredients evenly.
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture. At this point, you can use a whisk to prevent overmixing.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop or a spoon to fill each mold in your cupcake tray.
  6. Bake for 10–12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Place the cupcakes on a cooling rack. Let them cool completely before decorating.
  8. To make the frosting: In a stand mixer, combine the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. Remember to start the mixer at low speed, as the powdered sugar might splatter. Cream for 5 minutes or until it's well combined.
  9. Add the cool whip or butter and vanilla extract into the mixture. Mix until it's light and fluffy. Cool the frosting in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before assembling.
  10. Start decorating each cupcake's top to your liking with frosting.
  11. Top each cupcake with sliced lime and lime zest or shredded coconut.
  12. Enjoy cupcakes with your favorite drinks!

© 2020 Liza


Liza (author) from USA on September 03, 2020:

@Drew Agravante You're most welcome. One of the things I prefer to bake during summer is cupcakes. By the way, the lime and coconut combination is just perfect! Thank you for your lovely comment, Drew.

Liza (author) from USA on September 03, 2020:

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Linda, I always love lime and coconut flavor. The combination of these two flavors goes so well for the cupcake. I think next time I'm going to try to add coconut juice instead of milk. Thank you for commenting!

Liza (author) from USA on September 03, 2020:

Peggy, you're welcome. I think the lime and coconut cupcakes are one of the best desserts I've made for this summer. Thank you for your wonderful comment :)

Drew Agravante from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on September 03, 2020:

Those are gems. Such cupcakes are perfect desserts. Thanks for the recipe, Liza!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 02, 2020:

The cupcakes look so pretty! I love the thought of a lime and coconut combination.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2020:

The cupcakes look beautiful! Thanks for your delicious-sounding recipe.

Liza (author) from USA on September 01, 2020:

You're welcome. Green and white color go together so well. Actually, I used the same recipe for the key lime cake I baked last year and modified it to the cupcakes. I added virgin coconut oil as it has a pure flavor. The result was excellent. Blessings to you too, Rachel.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on September 01, 2020:

They are so pretty and I love lime and coconut. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Blessings to you.

Liza (author) from USA on September 01, 2020:

Hi Diana, I was so happy with the result. Virgin coconut oil is one of my favorite superfoods right now. My husband used the coconut oil in his coffee. I prefer using it for cooking and baking. Somehow, the coconut oil really suits the lime flavor in the cupcake. Thanks for commenting, Diana.

Liza (author) from USA on September 01, 2020:

Hi Anupam, I suggest you to try baking these yummy and pretty lime and coconut cupcake. They are delicious and perfect as a summer treat!

Liza (author) from USA on September 01, 2020:

Hi Ankita, you're welcome. Actually, the lime and coconut cupcake recipe is versatile. It can be baked as cupcake and whole cake. Thanks for taking the time for reading and commenting.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on September 01, 2020:

What attractive cupcakes and mouth watering at that! Love the freshness of lime and the coconut, is a better type of fat, too. Thank you for sharing.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on September 01, 2020:

It's so tempting dear....

Ankita B on September 01, 2020:

The cupcake looks so delicious. I enjoyed reading this new recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Liza (author) from USA on September 01, 2020:

Yes, they do! Summer is almost over but, I want to say goodbye with these yummy lime and coconut cupcakes! Thank you for commenting :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 31, 2020:

I can almost taste them from across the Internet! They look divine!

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