Coconut Lime Cupcake Recipe

Posted on Jul 6 2015 - 2:05am by Susan Bewley

Looking for a delicious & moist cupcake recipe with the right mix of coconut & lime flavors Check out our delicious Coconut Lime Cupcake Recipe here!

Do you have certain things in your household that everyone loves? In our household, my husband and I love most lime flavored desserts. He is a huge fan of key lime pie and I love any dessert that combines coconut and lime, making it a nice treat when one of my friends shared with me this wonderful recipe she made at a recent get together. From the moment I bit into these cupcakes, I knew I had to get the recipe. They were not only moist, but full of flavor, something that is always the sign of a great cake. Even better, she was excited to share her Coconut Lime Cupcake Recipe with me and said I could even share it with my readers (something I thought all of you would love).

For those curious about the cupcakes themselves, they have a fantastic flavor, with the right mixture of lime and coconut, giving them a fun flavor that was very reminiscent of some key lime cupcakes in bakeries. In other words, it is the perfect cupcake for birthday parties or just a fun summer treat that the whole family can enjoy at a picnic. Honestly, I can’t wait to make a batch this week to celebrate a job well done after hard work reorganizing our home.

So, what do you think? Are these cupcakes delightful or can you think of anything to add to our yummy Coconut Lime Cupcake Recipe? Make sure to tell us in the comment below since we always love hearing what you think!

Note: Special thanks to my friends Krista from Adventures of Country Divas for helping me with this recipe and pictures!

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Coconut Lime Cupcake Recipe
Looking for a delicious & moist cupcake recipe with the right mix of coconut & lime flavors? Check out our delicious Coconut Lime Cupcake Recipe here!
Cuisine: Dessert
Recipe type: Cake
Cake Ingredients
  • • 1¼ cup cake flour
  • • 1 tea baking powder
  • • ½ tea baking soda
  • • ½ tea salt
  • • 2 eggs (room temp)
  • • ¾ cup sugar
  • • ½ cup oil
  • • 3 tea lime zest
  • • 4 Tbsp lime juice (or 1 medium lime)
  • • 1 tea coconut extract
  • • ¾ cup Whole Milk
Frosting Ingredients
  • • 8oz cream cheese (1 box)
  • • ½ cup unsalted butter room temp
  • • 1½ tea coconut extract
  • • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • • 2 to 4 Tbsp toasted coconut
  • • Small Lime slices as garnish
Cake Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use this time to line a cupcake tin with paper cups and then set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar.
  4. Add oil, lime zest, lime juice, coconut extract, and milk to the egg mixture.
  5. Using a stand mixer, slowly start adding the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Fill each paper cupcake cup until it is ¾ full.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow cupcakes to cool before icing.
Frosting Directions
  1. Cream the sugar, butter, and cream cheese until they are mixed well, using a stand mixer.
  2. Mix in the coconut extract. Mix well.
  3. Using a pastry bag and your preferred tip, start frosting the cupcakes. Garnish with lime wedges and toasted coconut.



Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

27 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Amy Lovell July 6, 2015 at 6:02 am - Reply

    I love coconuts and limes so miuch! But never would have thoiught to make them into cupcakes, sounds delicious! thanks!

  2. Linda Manns Linneman July 6, 2015 at 6:05 am - Reply

    These sound like a great summer snack. I love the lime. The cream cheese in the frosting makes it sound super. Thank you so much for sharing

  3. Anita L July 6, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

    I too love Key Lime Pie, so I am certain that these would be a favorite! I am pinning your recipe for later 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  4. lisa July 6, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

    This does sound good! I’ve never heard of tea lime zest or any of the tea ingredients. Is that a brand name? I’d like to try these and want to make sure I use the correct products.

  5. ellen schull July 6, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    This looks like the perfect recipe for summer. I will definitely try it soon.

  6. Jenn H July 6, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    these look delicious!! i cant wait to try them for my nieces birthday!

  7. Sandra Watts July 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    This looks good. I love coconut and lime and want to try these.

  8. Marthalynn July 6, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    As soon as this post arrived in my inbox, I had to check it out! I just love both limes and coconuts. They marry together so perfectly. Why had I never thought to make them into a cupcake before?!?!

  9. debbie campbell July 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    This recipe sounds delicious and great for a summer party. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. Michele P July 6, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    yum! this looks so good, and hubby loves both coconut and lime, so will definitely try these, pinned for future use!

  11. Judy Thomas July 6, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    These are simple enough for everyday baking but delicious enough for celebrations 🙂

  12. Trey Smith July 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    nice recipe. looks delicious. may try someday

  13. Jerry Marquardt July 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Coconuts and lime sound so moist, delicious and refreshing for summer. I am going to try baking this later this week.

  14. Michele Ash July 8, 2015 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the delicious recipe on Coconut Lime Cupcakes! These look and sound so Yummy! I saved the recipe and I have all the ingredients except lime! I have to wait to make these until I get lime/lime juice! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with all of us! I truly do appreciate it! Thanks so much! Michele 🙂

  15. Margot C July 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    This looks so great! like the song ‘Put the Lime in the Coconut!’

  16. denise low July 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recipe. This looks very delicious.I will make these.

  17. Carol L July 10, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    They sure look and sound delicious. For me it’s usually lemon. But I’m going to make this in the coming week. My daughter is a lime lover. I love coconut & the cream cheese frosting. Thanks Susan for sharing the recipe.
    Carol L

  18. Sue M. July 11, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I love lime, and these cupcakes look very yummy! Thanks a lot for posting the recipe!

  19. Jennifer Rogers July 12, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Oh these sound divine and I am going to bake them! We love Lime flavors and cream cheese icing, these are perfect for the Summer!

  20. Ashley Nolan July 14, 2015 at 2:16 am - Reply

    I love coconut, this would be a great addition to my after dinner dessert.

  21. Carolyn Massey July 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    I make cupcakes all the time and family enjoys them. This recipe looks so yummy and will make these. Some of my family likes coconut and some don’t and the same goes for lime. If they don’t like these will be more for me. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Fee Roberts July 27, 2015 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    This is definitely a summer treat. I’ll Have to make these for my Mom. She loves anything made with lime too.

  23. lisa July 30, 2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

    That’s a very interesting flavor combination. It sounds delicious and tropical. I almost feel like sticking a little umbrella in them and having one with a margarita.

  24. M.Clark August 1, 2015 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Yum, I still haven’t tried these yet, but I’m looking forward to giving them a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  25. Pamela Gurganus August 10, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I’ve mentioned it before on one of your other recipes, I’m not much of a baker, but I have to try these cupcakes for sure! One of my favorite flavors is lime as well. These sound so good and I have a potluck to go to this coming weekend, I think I’ll give these a try and take them. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Patricia Walker August 15, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    these sound and look absolutely delicious! I love both coconut and lime so I’m sure they will be a must bake often cake!

  27. Amy Green August 16, 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    This is a great recipe, and I have got to make this for myself as a treat. I am such a big coconut fan, and it is really hard to find a coconut-flavored dessert recipe that doesn’t feature chocolate!

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