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These chocolate cupcakes are the best you’ve ever tasted, and the toasted coconut whipped cream topping just takes it all to another level.

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes

My favorite obsession lately has been toasted coconut. I love the deep, rich flavor and the sweet crunch. My second favorite obsession right now is homemade whipped cream. I mixed in a little lemon for my Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes. So I thought why not go ahead and mix those two obsessions together?

Toasted Coconut Whipped Cream

Oh yeah. I could have eaten that stuff with a spoon.

For the cupcakes, I used my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe and subbed the fat for whole fat coconut milk. The result was a very sublte coconut flavor, but combined with the toasted coconut whipped cream it was positively magical.

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes 2

Toasting the coconut is incredibly easy, however trust me on this one – do not walk away because it can burn very quickly. No that I’d know anything about that. Ahem.

I decided not to pipe on the whipped cream frosting because I figured the coconut would probably clog it. I love the rustic look of the glopped on frosting with tons of sweet toasted coconut on top.

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Cream

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Whipped Cream

These chocolate cupcakes are the best you’ve ever tasted, and the toasted coconut whipped cream topping just takes it all to another level.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 343kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoons water
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • cup toasted coconut divided (directions to follow)



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  • In a stand mixer on low, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, coconut milk, oil and warm water. Stir until well combined.
  • Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling about 2/3. Should fill approx. 18 cups.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  • Chill the metal bowl and whisk of a stand mixer in the freezer for 15 minutes
  • Dissolve gelatin in the water and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Toast coconut in the oven at 300 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Watch carefully as it can burn quickly. Set aside to cool.
  • Combine heavy cream, dissolved gelatin and coconut milk on high speed until stiff peaks form. Stir in sugar to combine, and then ½ of the toasted and cooled coconut.
  • Frost cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with additional toasted coconut.
  • Store in refrigerator.


I chose not to pipe the frosting on since it was getting covered with coconut.
When toasting coconut, do not walk away! It burns very quickly.


Calories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 260mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 2gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 516IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Cupcakes adapted from Martha Stewart

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. hi! all i have just now is light coconut milk. I can get the regular stuff, but do you suppose the light will work?

  2. Please help! I made the cupcakes
    (Gluten free and no one knew!) but I have a problem with the whipped topping. I tried to dissolve the gelatin and set for 10 before adding (epic fail) so I added the packet directly to it and it worked. Other thing…the recipe says add 1/2 cup toasted coconut to the topping and the other for garnish. The ingredients list called for 1/4 cup. Thanks!!!

    1. So sorry for the confusion, it should be 1 cup of toasted coconut. I hope they still turned out for you!

      1. The frosting was mushy but who cares! All I did was supplement Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 GF baking flour and they are truly the most GLORIOUS thing I’ve ate since having to go GF 3 years ago! Now I know for next time ? more coconut. Thank you!!!!

  3. Hi! This recipe looks great and my husband loves anything chocolate and coconut so it would be perfect for him. I just wanted to know what brand of coconut milk you used, or even some familiar brands that one might find at Key Food Supermarket.

  4. Chocolate, whipped cream, and coconut? You hit the jackpot with these cupcakes. Those are some of my faves!

  5. Looove! I’m totally obsessed with coconut cream. Such a nice alternative to real cream without that heavy coconut flavor. Pinned. 🙂

  6. Sounds like the perfect cupcake! Love all the coconut and chocolate together!

  7. I think every food blogger goes through a phase of loving toasted coconut, it’s just so good!! I would gobble one of these up!

  8. Loving all the coconut! These look so pretty, and I really can’t wait to try the whipped cream frosting! Definitely lick-the-spoon worthy!